Floor Polishes


What additives can be used to achieve a matt surface with a water-based floor polish?

To achieve a matting effect in water-based floor polish, we recommend AQUAMAT 1400. Dosage should be between 5.0% and 10.0% based on total formulation. The product provides a uniform matt grade and avoids increased gloss due to mechanical stress (e.g. polishing). AQUAMAT 1400 shows good storage stability; no settling and sedimentation can be observed.

Improvement of polishing and filling properties

How can we improve the polish performances and get good filling properties without an increase of slip in a high-speed polish?

For resin-free polish systems which are used for applications with high-speed floor polishers (400-2000 rpm), we recommend  AQUACER 1021. The wax additive will improve the buffability, increase filling capacity and produces anti slip.

Substitution of fluoro surfactants

How to get good substrate wetting for a water-based floor polish without using fluoro surfactants?

For substrate wetting we recommend BYK-349, silicone surfactant, for aqueous coatings.
For systems with <5% plasticizer, we recommend BYK-3455 as wetting and leveling additive with a strong reduction of the dynamic and static surface tension and an improvement of leveling properties.
For systems with >5% plasticizer, we recommend BYK-3400 substrate wetting agent which reduces dynamic and static surface tension.

Additive for anti-slip in water-based floor polish

Please recommend a suitable additive for anti-slip in a water-based floor polish.

Our first recommendation is a polypropylen wax: AQUACER 595, PP wax types have a high melting point. The higher the melting point, the better the anti-slip performance.  Our second recommendation is an HDPE wax: AQUACER 506 or AQUACER 519. These wax types also have a high melting point and they therefore have good anti-slip properties. Next to these wax additives AQUACER 528 can be used. It is based on a Ethylen Acrylic Acid (EAA), due to the wax base it creates a stump surface which related into anti slip.


Do you have a recommendation for defoaming in water-based floor polish?

We suggest BYK-011 and BYK-038 as silicon-free defoamers. We have also had good experience with silicon defoamers BYK-028 and BYK-1679. Our Ecolabel defoamers are BYK-1611,