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Sealing and Finishing
Trouble Shooting Guide
NON-RESILIENT TILE: MAGNESITE FLOORS
The composition of these floors is
magnesium oxide combined with a strong solution of magnesium chloride to form magnesium
oxychloride. This binder can be combined with sand, gravel and dye to form what
appears to be a colored concrete floor. Or when marble chips are added will resemble
Terrazzo. Magnesite floors are porous and will stain. Therefore, they must be
sealed. However since magnesium oxychloride is a salt, they cannot be cleaned or
sealed with any material that contains soap, or the floor will turn white. If there
is any doubt about the floor, you should test a small area first.
- Avoid acids. Acids will attack Magnesite
floors and cause pitting and in case of extreme exposure, loss of strength.
- Avoid harsh alkaline cleaners. Use only mild
or neutral cleaners. Harsh alkaline cleaners will cause a surface deterioration.
- Avoid crystalline cleaners such as Trisodium
Phosphate (T.S.P.). Crystals formed in the pores of the floor upon evaporation of
the cleaning solution extert a sufficient pressure to cause a spalling or chipping of the
- Avoid excessive use of water. Excessive water
in contact with the floor for extended periods will penetrate the surface, exert a
leaching action and cause an ultimate deterioration.