Consolideck Concrete Protector vs. a jug of motor oil

It’s not as long or as brutal as the fight between John Wayne and Victor McGlaglen in 1939′s “The Quiet Man,” or more recently, between Henry Cavill and Michael Shannon in 2013′s “Man of Steel,” But I think our new video “Motor Oil vs. Consolideck Concrete Protector” is still pretty snappy.

Motor oil, of course, is one of the worst “bad guys” ever to attack innocent concrete. Raise your hand if you’ve seen or have got blotchy stains on concrete surfaces from oil. Spills of food and drink on expensive polished concrete floors in homes, restaurants, stores and other places can also be a problem.

Never ceases to amaze me — milk can etch concrete. It’s got lactic acid, and acid is concrete’s vulnerable point, sort of like kryptonite for Superman.

Some liquids, like vinegar, can etch concrete within minutes of a spill.

What protective treatments do in general, and Concrete Protector does in particular, is give you a window of time you otherwise wouldn't have to get that staining material off the concrete with little or no harm. On untreated concrete, that window is virtually non-existent.

And the fact is, no matter what you protect your floors with, if the spill stays on the floor long enough, you’re likely to get a stain.

So that brings up the question — exactly how long do I have to clean up a spill of this or that on concrete protected with Concrete Protector?

Glad you asked. We wanted to know the same thing, so we asked AMT Laboratories, a materials testing lab, to test Concrete Protector’s stain and chemical resistance according to ASTM D1308 – Standard Test Method for Effect of Household Chemicals on Clear and Pigmented Organic Finishes.

AMT Labs tested Concrete Protector, not just against motor oil, like in the video, but against a range of acids, caustics, solvents and more. Test results on Concrete Protector and untreated control follow.

I think they’re pretty good, even against challenging substances like vinegar and motor oil. But along with protecting your concrete, the best advice is to clean spills up as quick as you can.

That’s why they’re moving so fast in the video.