Concrete is a common flooring option in most properties. However, it often looks dull and may not be the favorite of some people. Fortunately, there is something that you can do to make it look posh or more fun. This is called concrete staining.
It’s something affordable but a bit difficult. You have to allocate about two days to finish the project. If you are dealing with new concrete, allow 21 days for curing before beginning. This is to ensure that the stain will last. But you won’t regret your effort and time.
You can do this, even if this is your first time trying. Here are the steps to follow in staining concrete:
1. Prepare the materials you will use to get this done, which include the following:
- Plastic sheeting
- Shop vacuum
- Water hose/pressure washer
- Goggles and gloves
- Sprayer or roller
- Acid stains neutralizer
- Concrete stain
- Degreaser or concrete cleaner
2. Surface Preparation
Make sure that the area is clean. If you wash the concrete with water, let it dry completely before proceeding. This will impact the finished project since stains are translucent. This means that any dirt will be visible if you do not manage to get rid of them.
3. Stain Application
Carefully apply the stain. Make sure that you have the product intended for concrete. Dilute the stain and apply it to the surface using a brush or spray.
4. Drying Time
Allow the stain to dry. This will take about 20 minutes. Once dry, leave for 24 hours to cure.
5. Cleaning Up
Wash the stained concrete with water to clean it. Neutralize using ammonia, baking soda, or T.S.P. You can brush off any residues left and have a final rinse.
Wait for 24 hours to allow the concrete to dry before applying a sealing product. You can apply two layers of the product to ensure optimum protection.