Chemical Resistant Flooring – Use, Benefits and Applications

Chemical resistant coatings can maintain a seamless, high quality finish for an extended period of time despite contact with even the most caustic of solvents, acids and alkalis. Specific sectors can even specify floors tailored to meet the common chemicals used in that industry, for example aircraft hangars can install a surface that won’t be damaged by aviation hydraulic fluid.

Unprotected concrete floors can quickly deteriorate after exposure to corrosive chemicals – and it’s not just the extreme chemicals used in heavy industry that can damage coatings, as even food and drink spillages in commercial facilities can spoil a floor finish.

Making sure that the floor beneath your feet is able to withstand the on-site chemicals is especially vital in sensitive food production, manufacturing, healthcare and kitchen environments. As otherwise the floor could become an unsightly and unhygienic blemish prone to bacterial contamination. 

Where are chemical resistant flooring solutions used?

  • Battery Charging Areas: Provides protection to the concrete floor slab against sulphuric acid at 65% and up concentration, and at the same time providing abrasion, gouging and impact resistance, required for forklift truck use.
  • Pit Lining: Unlike containment areas, pits hold chemical for long periods and require assurance that the installed lining protects against corrosion and leakage by chemicals held in them.
  • Spillage in Production Areas: Knowing the names of your production chemicals is not enough to provide the right flooring. Understanding the length of exposure, the temperature and the frequency of the spillage is vital to proper material choice.
  • Lining of Containment Area: Containment linings are designed for short-term immersion exposure. (24 to 72 hours).
  • Trench Lining: Trenches generally have lower chemical concentration exposure, but require added protection against the abrasive action of moving liquid. It is also important to understand the corrosive nature of the liquids at the surface line when the liquid is at rest in the trench.

Resistance to Chemicals

Most Chemical Resistant Flooring Epoxies are resistant to the following:

AlkaliesAmmonia, soda ash, caustic potash, lime.
Mineral AcidsPhosphoric, hydrochloric, sulfuric.
SaltsNeutral, acid, alkaline.
Organic SolventsTurpentine, thinners, petroleum.
Organic CompoundsSugar, mineral oils, soaps, detergents, greases, milk, fruit, cheeses, beverages, animal and vegetable fats.
WaterDistilled, tap, deionized.

You can be sure that your floor will look more alive and like new after the treatment. It will be clean, shiny and well protected.

To schedule your floor refinishing appointment or to obtain a free estimate, please Call 647 772 5701 or use the online inquiry form Here.

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