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QUICK BEGINNER TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR CONCRETE FLOOR GRINDING

If you're new to concrete grinding, I'm sure you've realized that it can be a lot more complicated that it appears. There are so many variables that can affect the final outcome so being prepared and having a few tricks up your sleeve can be incredibly beneficial. 

We've compiled a short list of tips that address some of the most frequently asked questions regarding effective grinding. These tips will help you, as you continue to grow your floor grinding business.

QUICK TIPS TO HELP:

  1. First, make sure you are using the correct diamond tooling with the appropriate bond hardness, for the floor you’re grinding. This can make or break the efficiency of your grinding job. Using the wrong tooling will end up in your tooling glazing over, or prematurely wearing out. You’ll end up having to spend a lot more on tooling than you should, and it will take up a lot more of your time.
     
  2. Throw a bit of sand onto the slab before grinding- especially if there is leftover sticky residue on the surface. The extra grit will help open the diamonds segments on your tooling and act as an additional abrasive. 
     
  3. If you are using a ‘Multi-directional’ grinder, reverse the spinning direction of your heads from time to time to re-open your diamond tooling. This will help you to get as much out of your tooling as you can. This will also help to prevent scratches and inconsistent wear patterns.
     
  4. If your tooling has glazed over or become ineffective, bring it to a new part of the concrete and begin grinding to re-open the diamonds. This can be especially effective when removing adhesives or coatings. (If this fails to work- see Tip #1)
     
  5. Pre-soaking the slab will help maintain a lower surface temperature of the concrete and tooling. Doing this will help to keep the diamond tools working effectively. This is especially true in hotter climates or when the slab may be subject to warm working environments. 
     
  6. Initially, leave your dust collector on a lower power setting so that the dust can accumulate a little under the machine. That will allow some of the particles to help open your diamond tooling. This tip can also be very useful when removing a very ‘sticky’ adhesive, because the dust mixes with the adhesive residue so it’s not as sticky. This helps to keep your tooling cleaner and performing their best. 
     
  7. In some difficult grinding jobs, using other equipment along with your grinder can be very beneficial. Using a Shot Blaster or a Ride-On Floor Scraper are a great way to remove some leftover glue on the slab prior to grinding. Scraping off that excess glue beforehand will help you save time and improve the performance of your tooling and grinder. This can improve your production rates quite a bit.

Whether you’ve been grinding concrete for years or it’s your first day on the job, there’s always room to improve your skills so that when unexpected issues arise, you are prepared to deal with them effectively and efficiently.

HOW TO BEST REMOVE TILE FROM A CONCRETE FLOOR

Removing tile from a concrete floor can be a huge task for any flooring contractor. Often retail or commercial projects will have a large amount of square footage of tile to be removed, with a very tight timeline.

There are a few ways to remove tile from concrete floors. In this blog, we will touch on a few of the main ones and go over the pro's and con's of each to help you find the best tile removal method for you and your job. Some methods will be easier and faster than others, but at the end of the day all methods will get the job done. Finding what works best for you and your job specs is keys.

WITH SMALL HAND-HELD EQUIPMENT

There are a lot of quality, small hand-held equipment options in the market that can remove tile from concrete surfaces. Typically, hand-held equipment is best for smaller removal jobs because of the time it takes to remove the tile, and the effort needed by the operator. Below is a brief list of the Pro's and Con's

PRO'S

  • Less expensive
  • Easier to use without previous experience
  • Easy to maintain
  • Great for tight spaces, by walls, and corners

CON'S

  • Lower production rates- especially for larger removal jobs
  • Labor intensive
  • Less effective on older tiles because the adhesive tends to have a stronger bond over time

When using any piece of equipment, it is important to know what it can, and cannot do. If a hand-help piece of equipment is the only tool you're bringing to a floor removal job, make sure your expectations are realistic. A hand-held unit is sometimes useful as a second removal tool to get into the tight spaces. These units are more suited for occasional tile removal jobs, or smaller residential projects.

WITH A WALK BEHIND FLOOR SCRAPER

A Walk Behind Floor Scraper is the next step up from a hand-held unit. One thing to keep in mind is that not all Walk Behind Floor Scrapers are made the same. There are only a few on the market that can effectively removal tile from concrete floors because of the power needed to do so.

If you would like some more info on how to compare Walk Behind Floor Scrapers, check out this blog.

Here are some of the Pro's and Con's of using a Walk Behind Floor Scraper:

PRO'S

  • Easy to use
  • Depending on the unit, less labor intensive
  • Effective removal
  • Easy to use in smaller areas and rooms

CON'S

  • Still a little small for larger jobs – make sure to check production rates
  • Although stronger than a hand-held unit, it can struggle on very tough removals
  • Higher price point than a hand-held unit

Walk Behind Scrapers are a great option for removing tile from concrete in many ways. Just make sure that if this is all you have at your disposal to not take on huge jobs with tight timelines. Even though they are much more productive than a hand-held unit, reality is, they still have limitations because of their smaller size.

WITH A RIDE ON FLOOR SCRAPER

A Ride-On Floor Scraper is one of the most productive ways to remove tile from concrete floors. These machines can remove a large amount of square footage much quicker than the hand-held or walk behind options we talked about above.

There are different types of Ride-On Floor Scraper on the market and some can remove tile better than others.

Here are some Pro's and Con's of a Ride-On Floor Scraper

PRO'S

  • High production rates
  • Easier to operate
  • Effectively removes the toughest flooring, quickly and efficiently
  • Drastically reduces labor needs and operator fatigue

CON'S

  • Highest price point of all three options
  • Requires some operator training

Ride-On Floor Scrapers are one of the best machines for removing tile from concrete. Removing tile can be a difficult and labor intensive task, but using the right equipment will ensure the process goes much smoother.

At the end of the day, the best way to remove tile from concrete is going to be based on the size of job and the timeframe for completion.

If you’re not sure what is best for you, we suggest renting a few different types of units first to see how they work for you and your business. If you’re unsure, renting will give you the best understanding of what you need going forward, without having to make a large investment upfront.