Published Sunday 24th of November 2013 // Updated Thursday 23rd of February 2017
If you've ever been in a kennel, or even used one to house your animals, you know the unpleasant smell that can plague some of establishments that arent as clean. Sometimes, it is not even a black mark on the kennels cleanliness, but an indictment of their concrete. Most kennels are made from poured concrete that serves as the floor for the dog-residents to rest on. However, many kennels do not seal their concrete, leading to a painstaking and tiresome cleaning process every time an animal has an accident.
Even after the accident has been cleaned, the smell can linger. This is because the offending particles, either urine or solid waste, seeps into the pores of the concrete, becoming part of the floor itself. Once this has happened, it is extremely difficult and often impossible to remove.
Luckily, the prevention is easy. You simply need to treat the concrete in your kennel with a quality concrete sealer. If you have an old concrete floor, youll need to clean the surface first. However, if your floor is new and has cured for at least thirty days, then you can apply the sealer right away to ensure comprehensive protection.
There are a couple of different options on the market for sealing kennels. Some people opt for epoxy systems, which consists of an epoxy primer like the Epoxy 325 followed by the Urethane 645 topcoat. They are available clear or colored and leave a gloss finish. They are excellent options for kennels because they completely resist the penetration of acids and chemicals allowing for easy clean up. All of these benefits lead to the biggest one of them all: the floors will be easy to clean. No longer will you have to worry about stains and unpleasant smells, aside from that wet-dog smell we all love concrete sealers will lock out those particles, allowing you to wipe up the messes on the surface level without any intensive scrubbing.
The other option is to go with a natural finish penetrating sealer like the Siloxa-Tek 8510. The 8510 will help to resist staining and will cause fluids to bead up from the concrete instead of being absorbed into the concrete. The penetrating sealer will also ensure that your floors are slip resistant ather than creating a film on the surface, the concrete retains its original surface texture, as the sealant will seep below the surface.