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Our Process

At DS Grinding, we believe that to create the best concrete finish for any project, you need to have a process that is consistent and adaptable to each application. Over our 12 years in the industry, we have done just that. Establishing our work as the benchmark for consistent quality in the Perth region.

Our team approach every job with the mindset that no two homes are the same, and each project will require various levels of communication, skill and time. Which is why one of the most important differences in our process, is the standards that we set and communicate with those involved in the project. Clients, builders, and concreter concreters are consulted with and made aware of the standards needed to create an optimal finish.

By working with all trades involved, we can ensure that the quality of the application is precise, which then allows our team to deliver a final product that is beyond expectation.

Our Process

Our team understand the importance of transparency between our industry and clients. Which is why we feel it is essential to share our process, and recommendations with our clients, builders and architects. We are confident that by understanding how precise we are in our concrete finishing process, that you will see the difference in quality and care in our industry.

Step 1 - Quote and Consultation

Before we even get started, you need to make sure that we’re the right fit for your project. We offer a free quote and consult for all potential customers, so that we can understand your project requirements, and give you the best possible price. By having open communication across the project, our team can work to make sure that we are delivering exactly what the client has asked for and doing so in an efficient timeline.

Step 2 - Meet your Builder and Concreter

Deciding to use us as your concrete polishing specialists, means you get a hands on team from sign off. Once hired for your project, our specialists will look to meet with your builder and your concrete contractor to discuss the scope and timeline of the project.

Step 3 - Concrete Pouring

To ensure that your new polished concrete is perfect, we will recommend that your concrete contractor uses the following as a guide while pouring the concrete.

These recommendations are to ensure that our team can deliver an optimal finish to the surface:

Step 4 - Pre-Grind and Densify Concrete

After the concrete has cured for 12-21 days (this depends on the project), our team will come in to do the 1st grind and densifier. Depending on the exposure level you decide on, our team will either perform a light grind (for burnished, and architectural/Industrial styles) or a heavy grind (for Full exposed aggregate). This is done so that we can obtain control of the floor, and increase the overall flatness.

Once the initial grind is completed, we apply a densifier to the concrete surface. The densifier strengthens the concrete surface, making it up to 500x stronger than other concrete surfaces.

We then remove any residue from the densifier, followed by the application of protective grouting. From here, we step away from the project while your builder continues with project construction. About 6 weeks from lock up, your builder will contact us to book in the final polishing stage.

Step 5 - Final Polishing (For Internal Polished Concrete)

The final stage begins with another light grind of the floor, to remove the protective grout placed initially. Once this has been removed we supply and apply a second densifier application to the concrete.

From here our team begins the polishing process. Depending on the finish you are after it can take up to three different stages to complete:

  • Polish Stage One- Matte Finish- Done with a low grit resin polishing pad
  • Polish Stage two- Satin Finish- Completed with a medium grit resin polishing pad
  • Polish Stage Three- High Gloss Finish- Finished with a high grit resin polishing pad.

Once polishing has been completed, a penetrative sealer is applied to the floor to make your new floors stain resistant.

Step 6 - Grind and Seal (For External Honed Concrete)

The same process as final polishing occurs, but rather than the use of polishing pads to create a glossy look to the concrete, penetrative sealers are added to either give it a more natural or bright look.

Step 7 - Clean Site

A final removal of any residue from the sealers, and a clean up of the area is conducted.

Step 8 - Follow Up

Before we leave, our team will either hand off the floor to the builder, offering information on floor protection and maintenance advice.

Want to know more about our process, or arrange a free quote with our team?

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Step 3 - Concrete Pouring

  • 1. 100mm thick slab.
  • 2. Upgraded mesh to SL 82 or 92.
  • 3. Minimum of 32mpa concrete with 100% cement content (no reduction of cement for additives such as slags etc) – No water to be added on site during concrete placement.
  • 4. Bathroom/wet area 40mm stepdowns are recommended to be 100mm inside plan measurements and concrete cut to exact specs POST pour to avoid errors.
  • 5. Slab ends meeting garage walls are also recommended to set out 100mm OVER plan measurements and cut to exact specs POST pour to avoid concrete being short next to single leaf garage wall.
  • 6. Any recessed stacker/bifold doors are recommended to be recessed via concrete cutting POST pour to avoid dipping.
  • 7. Machine panned/trowelled to a hardened finish. *A burnished finish may be required pending the clients polished style choice.
  • 8. Correct curing of concrete (ponding, watering down, etc).
  • 9. NO pinholes or ripples to be left in the finish of the slab.
  • 10. Avoid the use of oils and staining chemicals/liquids on the slab.
  • 11. *For the ‘Burnished’ Styles floor, the painter is to not leave overspray at doorframes
  • 12. Use of correct protection methods to slab during construction
  • 13. No use of adhesives, tapes, silicone etc to the floor at any stage as the chemicals in these products can be absorbed into the concrete and prevent correct penetration of the densifiers and sealer.
  • 1. 100mm thick slab
  • 2. Upgraded mesh to SL 82 or 92
  • 3. Minimum of 32mpa concrete with 100% cement content (no reduction of cement for additives such as slags etc) – No water added on site
  • 4. Bathroom/wet area 40mm stepdowns are recommended to be 100mm inside plan measurements and concrete cut to exact specs POST pour to avoid errors.
  • 5. Slab ends meeting garage walls are also recommended to set out 100mm OVER plan measurements and cut to exact specs POST pour to avoid concrete being short next to single leaf garage wall.
  • 6. Any recessed stacker/bifold doors are recommended to be recessed via concrete cutting POST pour to avoid dipping.
  • 7. Machine panned/trowelled to a hardened finish. Do NOT burnish the slab
  • 8. Correct curing of concrete (ponding, watering down, etc)
  • 9. Minimal pinholes or ripples to be left in the finish of the slab.
  • 10. Avoid the use of oils and staining chemicals/liquids on the slab.
  • 11. Use of correct protection methods to slab during construction
  • 12. No use of adhesives, tapes, silicone etc to the floor at any stage as the chemicals in these products can be absorbed into the concrete and prevent correct penetration of the densifiers and sealer.