How to Get High-Gloss Finish on Concrete

How to Get High-Gloss Finish on Concrete

High-gloss finishes bring a visually appealing touch to concrete surfaces, one that’s especially popular in commercial projects but can be just as well utilized in residential applications. To achieve a high-gloss finish on concrete, you can either polish the surface...
Runyon Roots: Dan East

Runyon Roots: Dan East

“Mechanic” Dan East is the quintessential Hoosier. A child of the 60’s, he was born in Beech Grove, at Saint Francis hospital, just down the street from the 19th century home that his grandparents had lived in since 1928. And he still owns this home. Dan was the...
How Can I Make My Concrete Surface Look Better?

How Can I Make My Concrete Surface Look Better?

When finished adequately and maintained well, concrete surfaces should keep up a good quality visual appearance for several years. That said, many influences over time can cause concrete to crack, discolor, deteriorate, or become unlevel. Runyon Surface Prep has...
How Hard Is It to Stain Concrete?

How Hard Is It to Stain Concrete?

The guidelines for staining concrete typically remain the same for most situations, the staining itself can be a relatively painless process once you know what you’re doing. How difficult the application is will depend on the circumstances of the project, like the...
What Is the Best Way to Grind Down Concrete?

What Is the Best Way to Grind Down Concrete?

The best way to grind down concrete for any given project will depend on the amount of concrete you need to grind as well as the surface texture you want to leave behind. Some projects may require a simple walk-behind floor grinder with a modest tooling grit while...
5 Concrete Finishing Tools That Make Your Job Easier

5 Concrete Finishing Tools That Make Your Job Easier

Floor grinders, shot blasters, power trowels – amid the list of surface prep equipment at the heart of concrete work, there are several tools that go underappreciated and underutilized, even by experienced professionals. Runyon Surface Prep is a sales and rental...
Improve Your Concrete Floor Polishing With This New Tool

Improve Your Concrete Floor Polishing With This New Tool

Refining floors for a quality polish is a vital step in finalizing concrete surface projects both large and small; commercial and residential. Commercial stakeholders rely on surface professionals to deliver a surface that reflects the integrity of their businesses...
3 Reasons to Update Your Commercial Concrete Surface

3 Reasons to Update Your Commercial Concrete Surface

While regular maintenance can uphold your concrete surface’s structural integrity for a long time, there are cases when a refresh or a complete surface overall is necessary. This is never more true than with commercial concrete surfaces. Unlike residential surfaces,...
4 Reasons to Switch to Wet Polishing Concrete in 2022

4 Reasons to Switch to Wet Polishing Concrete in 2022

The wet polishing method has been around for over a century. Concrete surface professionals use wet polishing to prevent the surface from overheating and add a measure of safety from hazardous silica dust. Wet polishing can also reduce unnecessary friction on diamond...
The Best Equipment for Prepping Exterior Concrete Surfaces

The Best Equipment for Prepping Exterior Concrete Surfaces

Exterior concrete surfaces can be fickle, surrounded by influential factors like water and cold temperatures, and are more likely to be public property with specific design requirements. So, the best outdoor concrete surface equipment will have dynamic features and be...
What You May Not Know About Your Diamond Tooling

What You May Not Know About Your Diamond Tooling

As is typical of most abrasive equipment and accessories, the effectiveness of your grind or polish relies heavily on the quality of your attachments. Yes, the variations in the grit of tooling will make a difference in the fineness of the grind. But some tools of the...
Runyon Roots: Amana Arayan

Runyon Roots: Amana Arayan

Amana Arayan has been blessed with a remarkable life story that began halfway around the world. Her parents were originally from Faisalabad, Pakistan, and they immigrated to the US in the late 70’s. Settling in Ottawa, Illinois, the scenic gateway to Starved Rock...
How to Give Your Concrete Surface a Facelift

How to Give Your Concrete Surface a Facelift

No material lasts forever. A strong coating, routine maintenance, moisture prevention – these can all help the longevity of your concrete surface. But over time, foot traffic and general wear and tear can still cause degradation of even the highest-quality concrete...
How to Manage Concrete Dust in Concrete Surface Work

How to Manage Concrete Dust in Concrete Surface Work

Crystalline silica, the mineral found in the makeup of concrete, is a widely known hazard for concrete construction workers. As such, there are measures workers and managers must take to ensure the safety of those involved in any given concrete project. This is...
3 Need to Know Facts About Your Power Trowel

3 Need to Know Facts About Your Power Trowel

At Runyon Surface Prep, we’re serious proponents of the power trowel. A staple of concrete surface prep work and a machine that demands careful attention to its design, the power trowel is among the most important tools for concrete surface professionals. This post...
Protecting Your Investment in Polished and Coated Floors

Protecting Your Investment in Polished and Coated Floors

There’s a long list of mishaps and influences that can compromise the integrity of even the strongest concrete floors, whether that floor is installed in a heavy industry commercial setting or a quiet, private home. Thankfully, there are ways you can protect the...
Proper Procedures for Maintaining Your Concrete Floor

Proper Procedures for Maintaining Your Concrete Floor

For the most part, you’ll find similar procedures for concrete floor maintenance across different types of concrete floor applications and finishes. However, the approach will vary depending on the amount of use the surface gets along with the environment. Is this a...
FAQ: Industrial Vacuums in Concrete Surface Prep

FAQ: Industrial Vacuums in Concrete Surface Prep

The typical setup for concrete dust extraction involves a direct link via hose from your abrasive equipment (floor grinder, scarifier, shot blaster) to the vacuum itself. For this process to go smoothly and collect dust efficiently, there are several factors that...
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