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Repairing Gouges in Terrazzo or Polished Concrete Floors

There are a few tips and tricks that you can follow in order to repair any minor marks or gouges in your polished concrete or terrazzo floors.
Cracks in flooring:
There are a few methods depending on the size of the crack in your polished concrete. If you have a pneumatic needle scaler for cleaning up small cracks with a little dust it can be beneficial to help repairing cracks in your polished concrete floors. Another method is with your own do it yourself “sand” formula.
For small cracks
A� aluminum oxide
A� local fine washed river sand
For larger cracks
1/3 aluminum oxide
1/3 local river sand
1/3 local fracture rock
Gouges:
Repairing gouges in your concrete flooring is really pretty easy. However you want to make sure the old concrete bonds to the new concrete or your repair could last you less than a year. There are a few necessary steps to follow in order to repair gouged concrete flooring.
Make sure you clean out the noticeable gouge. This means you will want to remove all the dust, stones, and dirt. You will need to do a good portion of this by hand. Once you have the larger stuff out you can use a bristle brush to clear out the remaining.
Mix up concrete paint. This is really considered to be watered down concrete. Mix a tiny portion of concrete in a 5 gallon bucket. Usually you will keep adding in water until it is very thin.
Make sure the surface is lightly damp. Paint the inner portion of the gouge and the area that is located around it with water. Just get it damp, don’t try to soak it.
Paint the inside of the gouge and around the outer edge with the concrete paint. This will create something for it to attach to.
Mix up your concrete using the 5 gallon bucket. You will want to add in water and stir it up.
Fill in the gouge with the concrete. The concrete mix will stick onto the concrete paint which creates a firm seal between the new and old. Spread it evenly with the original concrete.
You can see that the entire process of repairing gouges within polished concrete is really fairly easy and can be done with a few ingredients and tools. Polished concrete flooring is really beneficial all around, and requires little to no upkeep.…

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Repairing Water Damaged Flooring

When water damages your flooring, prompt repair is necessary to avoid further problems such as warping, damage to adjacent boards and the growth of mold and mildew. If only a few of the wood boards in your floor sustained water damage, you can repair the water damaged wood flooring yourself by sanding the damaged boards. However, if a large area of your floor was damaged by water, you will need to replace the entire damaged area.

You will need to gather the following tools and supplies in order to begin repairing water damaged flooring:

Razor knife

Flooring nails

Nail gun

Sharpened wood chisel

Circular saw

New wood flooring boards

Hammer

Safety goggles

Measuring tape

Wood filler

Sand paper

Before tearing up your flooring, try these steps to remove small areas of damage to wood floors.

1. Test the damaged area by seeing if sanding the boards removes enough of the damaged wood such that you can no longer see water stains on the board. If this process removes all of the damage.

2. Fill in the area with wood filler.

3. Allow the wood filler to dry.

4. Sand the wood filler down to match the level of the undamaged boards.

5. Stain the repaired boards to match the finish of the undamaged boards.

If the area of damaged floor is more than one or two boards, or if sanding did not remove the water damage, you will need to tear out and replace the damaged boards. Before you begin, place your safety goggles over your eyes to avoid getting injured by wood splinters.

1. Place your circular saw onto one of the new flooring boards.

2. Adjust the blade of the circular saw to match the thickness of your flooring board.

3. Use your circular saw to cut around the floor boards that are damaged. Make your cuts about 1 inch from the edge of each of the damaged boards.

4. Use your wood chisel to pull out the center of the board that you just cut out and pry the remaining ends out from the undamaged boards.

5. Measure the length of replacement floor board that needs to go in the hole in your floor.

6. Cut the replacement flooring board with your circular saw.

7. Use your hammer and flooring nails to pound the new flooring board into place.

8. Apply a small amount of wood glue to the edges of the new boards.

9. Allow the wood glue to dry.

10. Stain your new flooring boards to match the undamaged boards.…