The Ins And Outs Of
Staining Concrete Floors
Staining can be an exciting way of livening up an otherwise dull concrete
floor. With more people trying to save money and get rid of carpeting
because they have allergies, the popularity of stained concrete is on the
rise. Fortunately, the staining process is a relatively easy one provided
you understand all of the steps involved.
First and foremost, you need to choose the
color of your stain carefully. Bear in mind that stains can turn out
differently when applied to a floor than they look in a sample book or card.
The age and condition of your concrete will have an effect on the final
color. When you zero in on a color, choose a small, out of the way, area to
test it on to see exactly how it will look before you stain the whole floor.
Now once you’ve decided on your stain, you
then need to prepare the floor. When staining a concrete
floor, this step is vital. In order for the stain to take properly, the
surface of the floor must be free of dirt, oil and blemishes. If it isn’t, the
results could be mottled or spotty, which in most cases is something you
want to avoid.
Remove any glue, tape, or other objects
from the floor and make sure that it doesn’t have any kind of finish on it
that would prevent the stain from taking. If there is a finish, use a
solvent to remove it. Cracks or blemishes in the surface should be patched
before staining. Always make sure that you use a patching material that will
accept stain. And remember that any blemishes will still show after staining
and sealing so be prepared to live with them.
Once the patching is done, you can then
wash the floor. In some cases you may need to do and acid wash if not then
use a mild all purpose cleaner like House Wash.
After cleaning and repairing, you can move
on to the actual staining. The final look of the stain will depend on many
factors, including the method you use to apply it, so choose wisely. You can
use a sprayer, roller or a brush but make sure to apply the stain evenly and then
allow at least five hours for it to set before applying a second coat if you
want a darker color. Just follow the manufactures instructions.
Of course, the job is not is not complete
without the final step, which is sealing. You’ll need to clean the surface
again after staining, as concrete stain can leave a mildly acidic residue
behind. Once that is thoroughly cleaned, you can apply a layer of sealant.
Generally a low VOC solvent-based sealer is recommended for indoor use. Once again
follow the directions.
If you’re looking for a quick,
inexpensive and easy way
to spruce up a room and get rid of the carpets at the same time, staining
the concrete floor may be your answer. Consider all of
your options and make sure you that you go through the process carefully.
That way, you’ll end up with an attractive floor that you can enjoy for many
years to come.
The good thing with a stained floor it is
always easy to put down tile or wood if you don't like it later on.
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store