Applying the Ashford Formula does not require a lot of time, or involve complicated procedures. If applying to existing concrete, the floor needs to be prepared so that it is clean, bare concrete. This means that curing agents, dirt, paints, coatings, bondbreakers, oil spills and other contaminants are stripped and/or removed completely.
For optimum performance, the Ashford Formula must be able to penetrate the surface so it can react with the concrete. Only one application of the Ashford Formula is needed to permanently densify the concrete surface.
The normal application procedure (whether new or existing concrete) is to spray the Ashford Formula on the surface of the slab with a low-pressure, high volume sprayer. Airless sprayers are not recommended.
The material should be applied at approximately 200 ft2/gal (5 m2/L) to achieve a flood coat on the floor surface. This means that when someone steps on the applied material, the footprint of their shoe should disappear within 3 or 4 seconds.
Once a flood coat has been achieved, the material should be agitated with fine-bristled brooms to help it penetrate the surface of the concrete.
The material should dwell on the surface for a minimum of 30 minutes and become gel-like or slippery. In hot conditions, it may become slippery prematurely. If this occurs, it is necessary to fog or mist the floor with water to keep the Ashford Formula in a liquid state for the entire 30-minute period.
When the Ashford Formula turns slippery after the 30 minutes has elapsed, it can be flushed away with water.
While the water is on the slab, the surface should be broomed to loosen all excess Ashford Formula from the surface of the concrete. Squeegee dry. Allow to dry for 2 to 3 hours.
The final flush, broom, and squeegee steps can also be accomplished with an automatic scrubbing machine. These machines can dispense the needed water, broom, vacuum, and squeegee dry, all in one easy pass.
*Note: Please refer to the Application Instructions for more detailed explanations on how to properly apply the Ashford Formula. Please familiarize yourself with the detailed application instructions prior to applying the Ashford Formula.
During application, care should be taken to avoid spilling or splashing the Ashford Formula on glass, aluminum, or stainless steel. If the material lands on any such surface, it should be immediately rinsed off before it dries. Otherwise, it will etch the surface.