Polished Concrete Done right and Wrong



The GreenIce Cure™ system creates a durable concrete floor with a gloss shine.

The GreenIce Cure™ system creates a concrete slab with a surface that looks like ice! The process begins with our two-part curing products, IceStart™ and IceStop™. These unique curing agents are designed to work with the concrete trowel to reduce or eliminate common problems flatwork finishers face. With our third treatment, IceCap™, you can achieve the same brilliance you would get with a profiled, honed, and polished floor specified for many warehouses. And you get all of this with less labor, downtime, and environmental impact. Get the look and clarity of a fresh sheet of ice over a concrete slab using the GreenIce Cure system!


Features & Benefits

  • Ease of finishing and eliminates false set
  • Reduces drag on the concrete and meets slip resistance standards
  • Reduces subsurface lateral microcracking
  • Removes cat faces
  • Retards set times in hot weather
  • Does not extend set times in cold weather
  • Allows finishing of dry shake as if it is normal concrete
  • Looks like a mechanically polished (PHP) floor
  • Better protection than found on mechanically finished floors
  • Opens new markets for flatwork contractors

The PHP Process for Polished Architectural Concrete

Profile, Hone, and Polish

The Green Umbrella PHP Process: Steps Towards Achieving a Profiled, Honed, and Polished Floor

Polishing a floor is more than just opening the concrete and applying an acrylic sealer. The Green Umbrella PHP process is the art of mechanically and chemically processing a concrete floor through a series of profiling, honing, and polishing techniques to produce a reflective surface.

Substrate Preparation
Substrate preparation includes the removal of any floor coatings, tile, carpet, mastics, glue, etc.

The concrete is opened, and surface blemishes are removed using heavy-duty grinders equipped with bonded, impregnated discs. Additional floor flattening may occur as well.

Various concrete treatments may be applied to dustproof, seal out potential contaminants, provide abrasion resistance, and repel salts, oils, etc.

Grinders and a bonded tool are used to mechanically produce a matte appearance and a slight clarity of reflection.

Penetrating Colorants
When desired, colorants may be introduced to a properly opened concrete substrate.

The last step in the mechanical processing of the floor produces a clarity of reflection like a mirror and has a glass-like finish.

Penetrating MicroFilm
A concrete treatment may be applied to protect against foreign contaminants, oils, acids, etc.

Make sure your spec contains:

  • Equipment: Achieve high production rates that will not impede other trade schedules
  • Abrasives: The cut is as critical as the treatments
  • Treatments: Hardener, color, MicroFilm

Polished Concrete Done Right

Some potential problems arise when polishing concrete. Green Umbrella has taken these issues and provided systems-based solutions to overcome them. Where other companies may fall short, we take the time and effort to ensure you are left with the best possible product.

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Office Location

20 Jetview Drive 
Rochester, NY 14624

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