Stained concrete flooring is an easy do-it-yourself project...
Stained concrete flooring is an easy do-it-yourself project that can improve the look of unattractive,
plain concrete floors. Acid stains react with the concrete, instead of covering it up, resulting
in a more permanent effect than paint.
While most concrete stains come in tans and earthy colors, they can also be mixed to create unique colors.
Having a piece of test concrete available will let you experiment with colors and effects without soiling
parts of your floor. A diamond-edged saw may also be used to cut patterns and designs into the floor. This method
can be used to create color boundaries for multiple color staining.
Any blemishes will remain in the concrete after staining. Before starting, remove the stains in
any way possible. Cured or sealed concrete floors cannot be stained. Also, when washing the floor before
staining, never use acid based cleaners. These will react negatively with the acid stain.
Make sure to always wear the proper safety gear when working with acid stains. Don't leave any skin exposed. This
includes wearing a dust mask and goggles. Remember to keep the room well ventilated, as acid stains produce harmful
fumes when wet.
Ensure that the floor is entirely dry after washing. This is best done by waiting overnight. Remember to apply an
even coat over the entire floor. Most professionals prefer to use a sprayer to apply the stain. This isn't
necessary, but is recommended. The more stain you use, the richer the end color. You can also apply a sealer to add
a glossy effect to the stained concrete flooring. Once again, you should test this first to ensure you
like the results.
Stained concrete flooring is an inexpensive way to protect your concrete floor and beautify it at
the same time. Using these quick tips, you can turn your drab concrete floor into an impressive feature
that you can be proud of.
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