Ce­ment the deal

We’ve re­moved the tiles in our house and would like con­crete floors, but our bud­get is tight. We don’t want raw ce­ment but rather a white, grey or light blue floor. And what can we seal it with to make it shiny? Any ad­vice?

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Karin Cronjé of Hands On Cre­ative Build­ing & Man­age­ment replies

There are dif­fer­ent ways of achiev­ing an at­trac­tive con­crete floor. It won’t be a good idea to add a colour pig­ment to the con­crete mix­ture. These colour pig­ments are too light to make the colour of the con­crete lighter. So you have two choices:

Op­tion 1 Spread a layer of white ce­ment, mixed with a blue or black pig­ment, onto the con­crete slab with a trowel. This layer can be treated with a polyurethane sealant to give it a shiny fin­ish.

Op­tion 2 Al­ter­na­tively, you can paint the floor with wa­ter-based Du­lux Trade Tuf­f­cote, avail­able in white or light grey. For a solvent-based al­ter­na­tive, use Du­lux Trade Floor­cote.

Re­gard­less of the op­tion you go with, you must first pre­pare the floor. If you’ve re­moved the tiles and tile ad­he­sive and the sur­face is very bumpy with deep gouges, you can ap­ply a layer of self-lev­el­ling screed on the sur­face.

If the area is very un­even you should first ap­ply a 20–25mm layer of ce­ment and sand mix­ture (top­ping) for a durable sur­face. Once your floor is smooth, even and dry, you can fol­low ei­ther method.

CON­TACT info@hand­son­cre­ative.co.za

It’s worth get­ting a spe­cial­ist to ap­ply a layer of ce­ment smoothly for you!

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