Basement floor – wax

Although the two coats of concrete floor sealer offer very good protection, we opted to apply another coat, a sacrificial layer or a wearing course.

This decision came about a while back when we were talking to our friend John. He recommended that we think about a floor wax and mentioned a product by Johnson.

Between then and now, we have walked over and across many different concrete floors, looking at their finishes and wondering if we could accomplish something similar.

It turns out that the floor wax is not only a sacrificial layer that can be re-applied when needed and that it protects the stained and sealed floor, it also offers us the option of a nice glossy and slick finish.

Although finding that product that John mentioned took us a while. Cathy finally tracked it down: Vectra by JohnsonDiversy. We were able to purchase it at a professional janitorial supply company.

Applying the floor wax was even easier than sealing the concrete floor. I reused the large paint tray from our staining operation and a fresh lambswool applicator. All I had to do was soak the applicator with the floor wax and evenly spread it across the basement floor. One gallon was enough to apply three coats.

Because each step in the process of adding the concrete floor finish, from the cleaning to the floor wax, yielded incremental improvements, we sort of lost track on how different the floor looked at the end compared to when we started.

I realized the difference – improvements – while editing the time lapse images.

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This floor is asking for some furniture, don’t you think?

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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