Acid and concrete floors just don’t go. The acid eats into the paste of the concrete floor gradually degrading the surface. Where we see a lot of this is in the battery charging rooms for warehouses. We get told that the new forklifts don’t have this issue but before long an older forklift is being used and we are called in to repair the concrete floor surface. It gets worse in that the acid is tracked out into the warehouse causing degradation of the surface out there. This surface dusts and causes further problems. What is common is an unsightly brown staining associated with the acid.
It makes sense when building a new warehouse to epoxy coat the concrete floor in the battery charging area prior to bring in the forklifts. Doing it later once you have degraded the top of the floor just adds to the cost. The concrete has to be ground down to a solid base before the epoxy coating can be applied to ensure it has a good bond. Apply an epoxy coating early when the building is new to ensure the concrete floor remains in top condition. Conslab have a range of epoxy coatings for concrete floors that can provide ongoing protection against acid attack as well as being able to provide a non slip surface if required.