T-Rx is a terrazzo floor coating that eliminates strip outs, polishing and frequent recoating. In other words, it eliminates “cowpathing” caused by high traffic for up to a year. To understand how, you have to know a little about IPNs or Interpenetrating Polymer Networks, which are the backbone of the T-Rx coating.
Traditional coatings like floor finish or densifier-based maintenance programs create coatings of urethane and acrylic in which the urethane and acrylic polymers are linked together through relatively weak covalent bonds. If you were to look at them under a microscope the urethane and acrylic polymers would look like distinct little tangles held together by relatively weak Hydrogen bonds in a matrix that looks something like this:
IPN’s, or interpenetrating polymer networks use a totally different architecture. In IPNs, long strands of urethane and acrylic polymers are interwoven and then welded together:
The dense “weave-weld” architecture gives the T-Rx polymer tremendous strength and chemical resistance.
The difference between traditional finish and densifier/diamond pad system architectures and the T-Rx IPN is like the difference between cotton tissue and woven cotton fabric. Intuitively you know that the woven material is far stronger and more durable. Check out our video demonstration.
Traditional finishes cowpath because the little tangles of polymer are scuffed off the floor by your shoes when you walk on them. Eventually, this damages the finish to the point you need to polish or burnish it, recoat it, or eventually, strip it off.
Because the polymers in T-Rx are woven and welded together, they are much harder to “scuff off”, so the coating remains glossy and uniform in its appearance for up to a year or more, depending on traffic. The T-Rx IPN architecture has another major advantage; it’s highly scuff resistant and extremely resistant to chemical and water staining. Chemicals simply can’t get through the dense weave-weld matrix.
Next year, when it’s time to refresh your terrazzo, just scrub your T-Rx floor with Blue Concentrate (Product #2085) and recoat using a flat mop because it’s as easy to apply as traditional floor finish.