What is a magnesite floor?

Magnesite flooring consists of Magnesium Oxychloride, which is a white asbestos material. Magnesite was applied to the top of concrete ground floors, which resulted in reddish-pink hued colored floors. Since magnesite is flexible, it is not a suitable material to simply be overlaid by a smoothing compound.

Does all magnesite flooring contain asbestos?

Typically magnesite flooring does not contain asbestos however it has been found in some magnesite floors. An owners corporation could be liable for diseases found to be caused by the asbestos in magnesite flooring if the magnesite flooring is common property.

Does magnesite contain asbestos in Australia?

Older buildings that were built up into the 70’s across Sydney are more than likely to have magnesite flooring. It is a made of a chemical named Magnesium Oxychloride, which is a kind of asbestos material.

How do you clean magnesite flooring?

It needs to be cleaned with non oil products. As part of maintenance, oil residues need to be removed. It is also important to avoid acidic or harsh alkali products as these will cause deterioration. Choose mild detergents and clean the floor regularly.

What can I do with magnesite floor?

Most magnesite floors are now coming to the end of their life, only if they can be guaranteed to remain unaffected by moisture can they be used as a screed to receive other floorings, otherwise the flooring should be replaced.

What is magnesite good for?

White magnesite is known for its calming properties, helping to improve creative visualization and imagination. It is also commonly believed to bring deep peace and silent relaxation during meditation, stimulate passion in the heart and help strengthen bones and teeth.

Should magnesite be removed?

Magnesite should ALWAYS be removed and the concrete should ALWAYS be inspected for any potential concrete cancer that MUST be repaired for the safety of EVERYONE in the unit block.

Can magnesite get wet?

Magnesite floorings are very vulnerable to dampness and if there is any doubt about moisture protection, it should be replaced. Chlorides may migrate from the magnesite into the concrete below and corrode any reinforcement or gas and water pipes.

Can you tile over magnesite?

Basically Ardex does not recommend the use of any of its Flooring, Waterproofing or Ceramic Tile Adhesive products over Magnesite floor topping. This type of flooring is an in-situ composition that was commonly laid in the 1960’s and 70’s and is rarely applied today, though some types are still available.

How do you fix magnesite?

To repair your floor, simply remove the magnesite topping and after locating all chloride contaminated concrete, remove those areas before replacing it with new concrete. Once your magnesite floor has been repaired, maintaining and managing your floor is much easier.

What crystals work well with magnesite?

It will work well with Labradorite, Shattuckite, Dumortierite, Blue Sapphire, and Arfvedsonite. You can also use Magnesite with high-vibration stones, like Herderite, Natrolite, and Phenacite.