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Tiles and terracotta renovation

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TILES
Glazed tiles are well known for not having any surface porosity. This absence of capillarity, which gives tiles a certain ease of maintenance, makes them a good choice for all places with a high risk of grease or liquid splashes. Corridors, communal areas, kitchens, restaurants, technical food areas, laboratories, swimming pools, wet rooms, etc…

ORIGIN OF THE PROBLEMS
In terms of maintenance, tiles face various problems the first of which is lime scale. Each time it is washed, and the residual water has evaporated the floor is coated with a lime scale residue; a film which hides the shine of the tiles

Problems manifest themselves as follows :
1° - lime scale deposits
2° - grease marks
3° - stains
4° - floor cloth which no longer slides
5° - encrusted gaps between tiles

SOLUTIONS
Attack the problem “at source” by destroying the lime scale. BASIC SYSTEM® has developed a procedure as well as a chemical which protects the characteristics of the materials to restore the original shine of tiles.

TERRA COTTA AND OTHER POROUS MATERIALS
Terra cotta, sandstone and other natural materials of the same nature add to the authenticity and warmth of premises, both inside and out.

ORIGIN OF THE PROBLEMS
1° - The capillarity of this type of material often means any liquids coming up from the screed (after it has been laid or following flooding) are taken in. This can make saltpetre rise and also cause cement bloom. Similarly, these materials absorb all liquids spilt on its surface

2° - Other difficulties are directly linked to daily maintenance: stains and grease are virtually impossible to remove; floors become scaled and encrusted or take on a cloudy aspect; grouting becomes discoloured.

SOLUTIONS
1 a - inside and outside, The material should be sealed to block the capillarity, making it hydrophobic and oleophobic. Outside, such a treatment has the additional value of preventing moss and lichen growth. These treatments, which are totally invisible, in no way alter the aspect or the structure of the materials..

1 b - inside only
, The surface can be protected by using sealing products which reduce maintenance, or by using natural wax requiring more regular upkeep.

2° - - For renovation, all lime scale, cement bloom and deposits must be removed mechanically together with the appropriate chemical.

BASIC SYSTEM a développé des produits à très haute perfiormance et des méthodologies respectueuses de l'intégrité des matériaux tant pour les revêtements neufs qu'en rénovation des anciens supports.

CONCRETE SCREED
Concrete screed is frequently used in workshops, car parks, garages, cellars, etc… It is often imperfect and rough. .

ORIGIN OF THE PROBLEMS
Without treatment, the rough screed has a grainy surface generating very fine dust on abrasion. Its very porous nature leads to the penetration of liquids and fatty substances

SOLUTIONS
Floor paints are one solution to these problems. However, BASIC SYSTEM® has developed an alternative which is far less expensive. This solution firstly consists of sanding the concrete screed to remove the surface imperfections. On sanded or rough surfaces, and inside only, BASIC SYSTEM® then recommends an acrylic sealing product in an aqueous phase to ensure:
1° - dust no longer being produced.
2° - resistance to chemical agents.
3° - sealing the concrete thus making its upkeep easier
Final aspect: as the product has no colour, the aspect of the surface will be that of damp concrete.
Cost: The cost of the applied product is about a third of floor paint.
Advantages in comparison to floor paint :
1° - Low cost
2° - Speed and ease of use. The product can be applied in three layers on humid floors by spraying
3° - Drying time between coats reduced to 2 hours
4° - Solvent free, odourless
5°- Ease of maintenance
6° - Excellent mechanical and chemical resistance
7° - Possible removal by scouring (whereas floor paints require shot blasting)
8° - Excellente résistance chimique
9° - - Easy re-coating; following cleaning, it is easy to apply one or two more coats
Disadvantages : - Resistance over time slightly less than with paint

A new-found youth for your terracotta floors !

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