Surface Prep

5 Tips for Using a Floor Grinding Machine

A concrete grinding machine is an invaluable tool if you’re looking to grind your floors or repair damages. These machines allow you to level or resurface floors easily. To help ensure you get the most out of your grinder, we’ve compiled these tips for using a floor grinding machine.

Buy the Appropriate Machine Size

It is essential to buy the right-sized concrete grinder for your project. A walk-behind grinder helps maximize efficiency and effectiveness for larger projects—anything beyond 1,000 square feet. Often, larger grinders are also more powerful since they have a bigger motor than smaller or handheld options. 

Prioritize Safety

Grinding concrete creates silica dust. This material is hazardous as inhaling or ingesting it increases the risk of lung cancer, kidney disease, and other serious health conditions. The dangers associated with silica dust are especially relevant in the construction context, where prolonged inhalation of silica dust can occur.

Take essential safety precautions by wearing protective gear such as safety goggles, face protection, and gloves. Safety goggles are imperative when using a concrete grinder because they protect your eyes from flying debris. In addition, a mask or face covering reduces the risk of inhaling silica dust particles. You also need to use an industrial vacuum to remove silica dust as it forms; OSHA requires floor grinding operators to use one of these vacuums for dust control.

Keep the Machine Moving

Standing in one spot for too long can result in divots and unevenness, which negates the purpose of concrete grinding. To avoid unwanted bumps or ridges, maintain a steady pace when grinding. This will ensure that the surface remains even and level.

The best way to achieve a smooth finish is to move the machine in a circular motion as you grind away at the surface. Doing so ensures that all the material gets removed evenly and precisely, with no ridges or irregularities left behind. 

Clean Before Grinding

Another tip for using a floor grinding machine is to clean the floor before you begin working. This means sweeping up any debris or wiping up grease that may be present on the surface.

Buy From a Reputable Company

Buying your grinder from a reputable company is a great way to ensure you get a quality machine that will last for years. Additionally, reputable companies understand their product inside and out. They’re familiar with all the details about how it works and how to maintain the tool, which helps you get the most out of your purchase.

EDCO provides quality grinders. We believe in thoroughly educating all customers on how to use and maintain these machines. Check out our videos to learn more about setting up, using, and maintaining your concrete floor grinder. We’re always happy to teach, so reach out to our team with any questions on how to use your concrete grinder.