If you are new to construction you will find that there are now many laws when it comes to preparing a concrete surface, the reason for this is the risk to pedestrians and with the ever increasing population in the UK as well as around the world it is easy to see why.

So this now begs the question, which is the safest and most efficient way of preparing a concrete floor, we will look at the pros and cons of a variety of different ones and decide which one is right for you.

Using hand tools to clean floors

You can imagine that hand tools can often take what seems like forever to clean a floor, the simple fact is that if you haven’t got more floor space than this would be the only time where you would choose this method. You get a finish made to measure to your hands and can be in control of how the floor is prepared. This is not a technique that would be suggested by any construction company.

Open blasting

If your surface is upright you might decide to use open blasting, this is not dust free and needs to be approached with all the right safety gear in order to protect yourself. This is the only way to combat upright structure and has been used for many years by construction professionals.

Diamond Grinding

Thus, if you haven’t heard of it is a great technique to ensure that you get hard to reach areas, whilst it isn’t really needed for large and flat floor surfaces it is very effective on concrete and whilst often overlooked by many construction companies will allow for no swooshed effect surfaces and problems that can occur from the impressions in the concrete.

Shot Blasting Machines

When researching into all of the latest floor preparation techniques the one you will be most likely to hear about is shot blasted, this technique is used in the industry for large scale flooring projects, this technique is carried out by many blast cleaning companies and is recommended by BTL shot blasting as the best method of preparing concrete floors for pavements, bridges, car parks and runways on airports.

A shot blasting machine will leave a nice smooth surface, but with a dust free experience involving little noise or distribution to the area, it has revolutionized the way many floor preparation experts work and is pioneered by the industry big name ‘blast trace’.