Basement floor – sealing

It was early evening and six hours passed since we completed the concrete floor staining. That meant that the SoyCrete stain had dried, our resting had come to an end and we need to mosey back to the house to start with the floor sealing.

Why do we need to seal the floor? Well, it comes down to durability, which is one of our many green rehab goals, and ease of maintenance.

A sealing coat protects the concrete from dust, dirt and staining such as oil, water and chemical stains. It also makes the cleaning (dusting, brooming and mopping) much easier.

The concrete floor sealer we used (Acri-Soy) is part of the Ecoprocote line. This product suited our needs as it is water based, low-VOC, easy to apply and has a short drying time.

To apply the sealer onto the floor, Cathy used a small knapsack sprayer. I followed her with a microfiber mop, evenly spreading the sealer and working into the concrete surface, making sure we don’t leave any topical film behind.

We opted for two coatings to get maximum protection. Because the recommended drying time between coatings is only one hour, we were almost able to apply the two coats back to back.

Then it was time to go home and call it a day. We were almost done with the floor, except for some finishing touches.

About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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