How to Stain a Concrete Floor
I had never heard of staing concrete indoors until this. Several years ago some close family friends found out thier daughter had severe allergies and they needed to make some pretty big changes to thier home. The biggest expense being they need to replace the carpeting with either wood or tile. The problem was Rob had just lost his job and money was tight. His wife was not going to let that get in the way of their daughters health so she pulled all of the carpeting up, 3,200 sqft, and painted with driveway stain. Not the best looking floor but it was inexpensive and effective. Their daughters allergies got better, Rob got another job and and they did get the floors redone.
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.
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