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Understanding How To Stain Concrete Floors

There is nothing quite like a beautifully finished living space, and attractive flooring can be an ideal way to achieve this. Understanding how to stain concrete floors, including the preparation, procedure, and end result, may lead you to choose this esthetically pleasing flooring option.

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There is nothing quite like a beautifully finished living space, and attractive flooring can be an ideal way to achieve this. Understanding how to stain concrete floors, including the preparation, procedure, and end result, may lead you to choose this esthetically pleasing flooring option. While choosing to use concrete indoors may conjure up only drawbacks, there are surprising benefits that go beyond the often bold and luxurious appearance. Rich, warm tones can transform a plain and functional surface into your most prized room accessory.

You may find a lot of helpful information online, in home improvement outlets, and in specialty stores. Depending upon your level of expertise and the amount of time you can devote to such a project, you may choose to stain your floors without the aid of a professional. Even if you have no intention of doing the work yourself, it is important to be aware of what constitutes proper preparation and good technique. Armed with this information, you are more likely to ask the right questions, select the most appropriate product, and choose a reputable company to finish your floors.

While there are many effective staining techniques, none of them are likely to produce the desired effect if they are applied to a surface that has not been properly prepared. Meticulous cleaning, which may need to include power machine scrubbing and a detergent solution along with a degreaser, must be completed prior to applying any stain. Flecks of dirt will affect the look of the stain, and drops of paint will keep the product from being absorbed. Lack of cleaning will greatly hamper the appearance of the stained concrete, regardless of the method that is used.

Starting with a clean surface should be your first step, followed by completely covering the walls, doors, or other objects adjacent to the floor. The protective covering should extend at least two feet up the sides of your walls and any other nearby areas that should not come in contact with the stain. After the covering is completed, a spray technique may be safely used to apply an acid stain. Varying the heaviness of the spraying will allow the stain to puddle in places, creating a rich variegated look.

Applying a glossy sealer will protect and highlight your colored concrete as well. If ending up with too slippery a surface is a concern, adding a nonslip ingredient to the sealer or stain prior to application will address this issue. Sealing the concrete and finishing it with a smooth surface will also keep it from feeling abrasive under your feet.

A final coating of wax or other appropriate floor finish can reduce the chance of your floors being permanently damaged from spills, chemicals, or abrasions. If your colored concrete loses its fresh appearance, reapplying one or two coats of floor finish can return it to its original luster. Depending upon the amount and type of foot traffic that your floors receive, your colored concrete may require no more than routine sweeping, dusting, or light polishing.

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