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If you have concrete floor that needs a little revamping, but don't want to get close to harsh chemicals and wax, the RetroPlate system may be the fix. RetroPlate is a nontoxic, low-maintenance concrete polishing system that naturally enhances the concrete and eliminates the need for a final finish.
According to the company, "The RetroPlate system uses no solvents or volatile organic compounds. The RetroPlate product, being a water-based sodium silicate, works by chemically interacting with the calcium hydroxide in the cement component of concrete." The process not only provides a long lasting finish, but also makes the concrete denser and stronger. No acids, no harsh chemicals, minimal maintenance - awesome.
The great thing about the RetroPlate system is it can be used on new and existing concrete floors. There are several finishes available, from matte to a high shine similar to marble. Retroplate can be used with integral color concrete, stains and color hardeners. The company provides a large variety of color, however because of the variation of aggregate mix in concrete, the final finish will be unique to each project.
More info: RetroPlate