Extracting Room Floor
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  1. #1
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    Hey guys,

    I have concrete on my extracting room floor and a floor drain. Do you cover the concrete with anything to keep it cleaner? What are you guys doing about floor cleanliness? Wax tends to pile up quickly...

    I have used 1/4 inch plywood but wondering if there is a fabric type material that would work as well. Or would you rather clean each day when finished extracting?

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    Default Re: Extracting Room Floor

    Wouldn't a fabric stick to your shoes and become a tripping hazard? How clean does it have to be to meet standards?
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Extracting Room Floor

    In the past we just taped large sheets of cardboard to the floor, but that's when we were only extracting for a couple days in the garage. It did make cleanup pretty easy. The new honey house has epoxy coated concrete and we just mop a couple times a day with hot water.

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    A plastic matt.. roll it out, cut to fit around equipment etc.. when done extracting roll it up, take it outside hose it down with warm water to get honey off.. then let it cool. late in the evening when it is nice and cool give it a good shake/ripple and the wax will fly off..
    we originally used two of the clear plastic "runners" for hallways and stairs, but a friend showed up one year with similar material in a much wider roll. we have used that ever since..

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    Default Re: Extracting Room Floor

    The best product was billed as a "Monolithic epoxy". What we have now is epoxy with an aggregate. It is good, but peeled in high forklift traffic areas. Buy the best you can find.

    Crazy ROland

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    What exactly is this plastic material and where is it purchased from? It sounds like a good idea.

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    We wash every day

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    Haha... Seems like we posted at the same time. What is that roll up material? Is it reusable from year to year?

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    The plastic runner material you can get at any flooring supply or home depot/menards etc.. just clear plastic in rolls. The stuff you put up your carpeted steps or hallway to keep the dirt and mud contained. The wider material is exactly the same stuff, but I am not sure where he got it from, it never occurred to me to ask... sort of a dont look a gift horse in the mouth type thing.

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    Default Re: Extracting Room Floor

    Cardboard and toss it when done. Also be as clean as you can as your working and have a good set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland View Post
    The best product was billed as a "Monolithic epoxy". What we have now is epoxy with an aggregate. It is good, but peeled in high forklift traffic areas. Buy the best you can find.

    Crazy ROland
    I might suggest the cheap approach: Diamond grind the concrete, seal it and then wax with a bees wax product. Hose down and scrape clean with a floor scraper. More expensive is standard clay tile used in kitchens and labs. Floors will be very slippery when wet but will take all the cleaning and forklift traffic you can muster.

    Some of your problem could be the floor is not think enough. The weight of the forklift flexes the floor and the bond between the epoxy and concrete gets broken. This would also be a problem for the tile. How cracked up is the floor? That will tell you if the concrete is thick enough.
    Brian Cardinal
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