Tips For Success When Acid Staining Your Concrete Floors

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Tips For Success When Acid Staining Your Concrete Floors:

Tips For Success When Acid Staining Your Concrete Floors

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Acid staining is a great way to enhance the look of concrete floors. In order to get the best results, it is helpful to follow a few basic guidelines before, during and even after the staining. Taking your time and making sure you follow each step in the process will make all the difference in the quality and appearance of the final product.

Cleaning the Floor :

Cleaning the Floor Before you begin to apply the stain to the concrete floor, take the time to clean the area thoroughly. The idea is to get rid of any dirt or grime that has built up in any cracks or scratches along the floor surface. You want a completely clean surface to work with. If you don’t get all the grime out of the way, there’s a good chance you won’t be happy with the results once the staining is complete.

See What You Have to Work With:

See What You Have to Work With Once the floor is clean, take a good look at the condition of the floor. Depending on the look you are going for, those scratches and discolored areas may be bonuses that will give the floor a more unique look. On the other hand, you may find those scratches to be liabilities. If you want to start with an even and blemish free floor, you may have to sand the surface before moving on to the acid staining.

Read the Instructions:

Read the Instructions All acid stain products come with usage instructions. The best approach is to read them from one end to the other before starting the project. Those instructions will provide valuable hints about how to do the job effectively. Unless you are an old pro at this type of project, chances are that you can learn a thing or two by reading the instructions ahead of time.

Identify Possible Application Methods:

Identify Possible Application Methods You will also want to spend some time online identifying different approaches to acid staining. The process can include stenciling as well as using different devices to apply the stain. Ask friends on social network sites for some ideas. You can also ask the question on message boards and see if anyone has an idea or two that sounds like a good fit.

Dress for the Job :

Dress for the Job If you are doing the staining yourself, make sure that your mode of dress is right for the job. An old pair of jeans coupled with some shoes that can be washed easily will serve as the basis for your outfit. Use an old long sleeved shirt to provide protection from the stain. A pair of latex gloves will also come in handy. Since the task of staining a concrete floor can work up a sweat, you will want some sort of sweatband to help with the perspiration. For people who plan on sanding the floor before applying the stain, always wear some sort of eye protection so that there is no danger of dust or some small irritant getting into the eyes.

Seal the Floor:

Seal the Floor After using the application technique of your choice, allow the stain to settle into the concrete. Assuming the look is what you had in mind, you will want to apply a sealant to the top of the concrete. The sealant will help to create a somewhat glossy finish for the floor and also protect it from the daily wear and tear that is common for all types of floors.

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