For the most part, industrial areas should make sure that their place of work at least has epoxy flooring. This is very important, especially in companies that experience huge foot traffic or do the transport of many items.
Epoxy flooring is arguably one of the best protective covering that you can apply to your concrete floor. Not only does it make it relatively smooth without the slipperiness, but it also somehow cleans things up when you compare to bare concrete floors.
That being said, concrete flooring needs a protective covering like epoxy because it’s easily exposed to many kinds of damages such as humidity, physical cracks, and chemical corrosion. Aside from getting physically destroyed, chemical corrosion is probably the most common just because of how widespread these chemicals are. Take a look at these chemicals that are found in a few household items that can actually damage your floor!
Concrete used in agricultural applications is prone to be affected by acetic and/or lactic acid found in some plants.
Acetic acid can facilitate a type of corrosion process similar to what nitric acid instills. The difference here is the rate in which the corroded layer grows is relatively slower than those affected by nitric acid.
The chemical composition is also different due to a higher pH value found in acetic acid solutions. When attacked by an acetic acid solution, there would usually be an additional zone formed called the core-layer. This zone is quite hard and would usually be found behind the aforementioned corroded layer.
Acetic acid can be found in almost every household as a condiment such as vinegar. It can also be found in the perfume industry, inks and dyes manufacturing, and in medical institutions.
Many other kinds of acid can easily corrode concrete. Muriatic acid, one of the stronger ones will definitely burn a hole on your concrete floor if there’s a large spill of it.
Industries that use huge amounts of acid should make sure that their flooring is protected from acid spillage as they are the most dangerous out of all the chemicals that we have lined up in this list.
Alkaline Cleaning Agents
Among these include strong bases such as sodium hydroxide. Some of the most common types of alkaline cleaning agents are Ammonia and bleach. These are very strong as they can help dissolve certain protein-based substances as well as grease fats and other oils.
This works through what is called saponification. When alkaline cleaners are applied to compounds such as oils and fatty acids, it stimulates a reaction to make these water-soluble, making it extremely easier to clean.
Particularly found in industrial areas where vehicles move through or automotive shops, these fluids won’t damage concrete right away. Rather, they set into the concrete and become semi-permanent stains that are almost impossible to remove.
Aside from the transmission fluids, break fluids and hydraulics, the next biggest problem is the fuel itself. diesel oil specifically, is known to cause deterioration of a concrete floor over long periods of time.
That being said, oil is the most dangerous automotive chemical that can cause deterioration in concrete. Not only does continuous exposure corrode concrete, but its’ flammability can be a hazard on its own.
Although not a problem for all countries, those that experience temperatures below the freezing point might need to be careful with their antifreeze. It doesn’t technically damage concrete flooring, however, when left unchecked, a small spill of antifreeze can be very difficult to remove even with the most intricate DIY cleaning solution and processes.
It can leave a very deep stain on the concrete flooring. That being said, continuous exposure to this might also lead to some levels of corrosion when left as is.
In general, you should always check where vehicles move through in your facilities. They hold many kinds of fluids and oils that can be dangerous to a concrete floor that has no protection.
The importance of epoxy flooring cannot be highlighted enough. With many industries using different chemicals and all of them in need of cleaning every once in a while, there are hazards everywhere that can easily damage your floor.
Many industries should already have a standard for cleanliness and handling certain chemicals and materials used in their facilities. However, even with these rules and regulations, if their flooring or the rest of their building is not protected from corrosion or physical wear and tear, then you can only expect the worst over time.
With all that being said, you must keep a lookout for the chemicals mentioned above. If they’re a common sight where you work, then be extra careful. You might also want to apply an epoxy coating to your concrete floor to make sure that it’s protected from any possible corrosion from them!