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Question posted - February 17 to February 21, 2014:

What causes concrete “dusting,” and is there any way to prevent or remove it?



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From Candice Monroe of PROSOCO Inc on February 19, 2014:
Dusting is caused by disintegration of the surface of cured/hardened concrete. The loosely bound materials in the surface wear from use - walking, traffic, etc - and break down. It is also called chalking. To prevent dusting,  keep water content as low as possible; do not perform surface finishing with water present on the surface; do not sprinkle dry cement on the surface or trowel it into the surface of plastic concrete. After concrete has set, the application of a densifier/hardener can help prevent dusting in the future.

From Alex Sandilands of Akzo Nobel on February 18, 2014:
Dusting is the formation of powder at the surface. When concrete is finished by float or power float techniques, this brings 'bleed' (excess) water to the surface, bringing a higher ratio of cement and fines to the top portion. Dusting can be exacerbated when RH is high and moisture condenses on the surface. To prevent dusting, i use floor hardeners. On an existing floor, thin-film sealer coatings, 'dust sealers,' can be very effective.


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