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...
5 Factors to Consider When Coating Commercial Flooring

5 Factors to Consider When Coating Commercial Flooring

The broad spectrum of commercial operations brings in numerous factors to consider when it comes to concrete surface prep and coating, some factors are unique to the coinciding industry or even the business itself. But there are also matters that are universal to...
How Do You Repair Concrete Surface Defects?

How Do You Repair Concrete Surface Defects?

Perhaps you didn’t notice the defect until well after you put the finishing touches on your new concrete surface, or maybe a slab of aged and worn flooring that has picked up some imperfections over the years but isn’t quite ready for a new installation. Whatever the...
What to Look for in a Concrete Dust Extractor

What to Look for in a Concrete Dust Extractor

Dust from crushed or ground concrete contains a hazardous particle known as crystalline silica. This particle is especially hazardous to those working in concrete surface preparation and everyday concrete worksites. Many workers in these industries risk exposure to...
Why You Must Clean Concrete Surfaces Before Preparation

Why You Must Clean Concrete Surfaces Before Preparation

The cleaning step is one of the most important measures you can take when preparing a surface for installation or renovations. Yet, it’s not uncommon—even for professionals—to have missteps or even skip this step altogether, especially if the surface appears clean to...
Concrete Slurry Management in 2021

Concrete Slurry Management in 2021

Slurry is a hazardous liquid that often results from wet polishing concrete surfaces with abrasive tools. While it’s more than a simple nuisance—sometimes utilized for floor repair, like filling air bubbles in concrete surfaces—slurry is still a danger to the...
When to Use a Power Trowel on Your Concrete Floor

When to Use a Power Trowel on Your Concrete Floor

Power trowels are primarily used in surface preparation to apply smooth finishes to concrete slabs. This machine has assisted professionals with concrete surface work for over several decades and continues to evolve with the times. Not only can you use a power trowel...
Should I Shot Blast or Grind My Concrete Surface?

Should I Shot Blast or Grind My Concrete Surface?

Before getting into the specifics of each approach to surface removal, you should first note that grinding is not universally preferred over shot blasting or vice versa. So, there is no one blanket answer to the question: Should I shot blast or grind my concrete...
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