Concrete sealers used in kennels will protect from stains, keep out odors, and allow for easy clean up of urine, bodily fluids and chemicals. Because 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.
Benefits to sealing a kennel:
- Chemical resistance: Easy clean up of urine, bodily fliuds, dirt and chemicals.
- Stain resistance: Will prevent concrete from staining when exposed to bodily fluids.
- Keep out odors: Strong smells will be kept at bay and prevent the kennel from smelling like a kennel.
- Abrasion resistance: Will not peel or chip when in contact with animal nails or teeth.
If you are looking for easy to clean floors that will stop the penetration of ureic acid, resist abrasions, chemicals and odors use a durable concrete coating system.
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. By using a durable concrete coating system you will be able to wipe up the messes on the surface level without any intensive scrubbing. Also since the Epoxy 325 and Urethane 645 are extremely abrasion resistant you do not have to worry about the coatings peeling, chipping or delaminating when exposed to nails and animals running. The only downside is that the Epoxy 325 and Urethane 645 can only be used on interior kennels; the products cannot be used on exterior applications. If you are looking for a durable concrete coating that can be used outdoors, the Wear-Tek 4400 is an excellent option.
If you are looking to keep the concrete floor natural without any gloss or sheen use a penetrating concrete sealer. Keep in mind spills and accidents need to be cleaned up in a timely manner to prevent staining.
The other option is to go with a natural finish penetrating sealer like the Siloxa-Tek 8510. The Siloxa-Tek 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 concrete sealer will also ensure that your floors are slip resistant. Rather than creating a film on the surface, the concrete retains its original surface texture. Spills must be cleaned up in a timely manner and cannot be left to sit for an exteneded amount of time. If you are looking for a product in which spills and fluids can be left for an extended amount of time without seeping into the floor, a durable concrete coating is going to be your best bet.