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K Pro CD Grease Remover for Concrete Surfaces

K Pro CD from Kaufman Products is a biodegradable, citrus-based cleaning formulation for removing deposits of grease, oil, and other contaminants from concrete surfaces… Read more
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Brent Ehrlich
Products Editor

K Pro CD from Kaufman Products is a biodegradable, citrus-based cleaning formulation for removing deposits of grease, oil, and other contaminants from concrete surfaces. K Pro CD, which has zero VOC content and is water-soluble, penetrates surfaces, dissolving rubber tire marks, fats, and greases on floors in garages, plants, restaurants, and kitchens.

Concrete is a long-lasting material, but can require maintenance and repair—particularly when it is exposed to severe weather conditions and in structure-as-finish applications where appearance is almost as important as structural integrity.

Covering up concrete with additional cosmetic layers can increase maintenance needs significantly over the life of the structure.

Products listed here include concrete maintenance and cleaning agents made with biodegradable, biobased materials; and concrete-repair mortars with high fly-ash content.

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