For years, the only approach to protecting concrete floors was to cover them with a film or membrane. Such products include acrylics, urethanes, epoxies and waxes. By their very nature, however, coatings are only a temporary solution. They are subject to delamination, scratching, chipping and wear. Eventually, they have to be replaced. This involves the expense of downtime, materials and labor. Some inexpensive coatings last only as little as 6 months to a year, so the associated maintenance costs are frequent and high.
The Ashford Formula takes a different approach to concrete floor protection. Rather than coating the surface with organic solids, the Ashford Formula grows new crystals in the concrete. This reaction fills in the natural pores and voids in the concrete and provides a dense, hard surface that is easy to clean. The concrete is densified internally and inorganically. There is nothing to wear off the surface, nor is there anything to replace. The same reaction also makes the surface much harder and resistant to abrasion. In addition, the floor surface is rendered free of dust.
Applying the Ashford Formula does not require a lot of time or involve complicated procedures. If applying to existing concrete, the floor needs to be prepared so that it is clean, bare concrete.This means that curing agents, dirt, paints, coatings, bond breakers, oil spills and other contaminants are stripped and/or removed completely.
For optimum performance, the Ashford Formula must be able to penetrate the surface so it can react with the concrete. Only one application of the Ashford Formula is needed to permanently densify the concrete surface.