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Magic Trowel

A drywall tool that is used for spreading decorative concrete.


The process of giving concrete the appearance of marble by layering the finishes.

Margin Trowel

A sharp-nosed trowel commonly used to work mortar into tight corners and scrape cement where a larger trowel won't fit. The blade usually measures 5 to 8 inches and is also known as a "pointed mason's trowel" or "pointer."


The act of covering areas of a flooring surface with tape or a stencil and then applying a decorative treatment on uncovered areas.

Material Safety Data Sheet (M.S.D.S.)

Material Safety Data Sheet (M.S.D.S.) specifies certain facts a customer should know about a product, such as hazardous ingredients, safety precautions and first aid information.


A word used to describe a protective layer formed over a surface. Often it is made of a clear plastic.

Micro-fiber Mop

A mop composed of microscopic fibers, often used to spread finishing material onto a flooring surface.


A technique that consists of applying a thin layer of polymer-modified cementitious cement to a surface.


A measurement often used to describe the thickness of a coat that is equal to 1/1,000 of an inch.

Mix Design

A recipe that determines the thickness, drying time, appearance, or other concrete variable. Can include water, aggregate, cement, or other admixture.

Mixing Paddle

A device shaped like a paddle that is inserted into a drill and used to mix liquids.

Mixing Station

An area where supplies and mixing materials are kept and mixed.


A concrete sample showing what the final result will be. Generally made with the exact methods and materials that are going to be used in the actual flooring project.

Moisture Vapor Transmission

The migration of moisture, often between the subfloor and flooring.

Mottling Effect

Uneven-colored lines in concrete that make the surface appear splotchy.