Published Friday 18th of April 2014 // Updated Wednesday 1st 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, you'll need to clean the surface first. However, if your floor is new and has cured for at least twenty-eight days, then you can apply the sealer right away to ensure comprehensive protection.
The best option to seal a kennel floor is an epoxy/urethane combination. Epoxy 325 and Urethane 645 are industrial grade aliphatic and cyclo-aliphatic coatings, respectively. With their chemical resistant, acid resistant and abrasion resistant properties you can ensure that the kennel floor will be protected from uric acid, scratches and any sort of cleaning chemicals. By using the Epoxy 325 as a primer and the Urethane 645 as a topcoat, this is by far the most effect and bullet proof option for a kennel floor. 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 the epoxy/urethane combination will lock out those particles, allowing you to wipe up the messes on the surface level without any intensive scrubbing.