Staining Concrete Floors, Why and How it's Done...
At C*Rock finishing we know clients often thing about staining as a concrete floor finish itself, it's not, however, staining a concrete floor is a great way to add color and character to your concrete. It's a great add-on option for concrete polishing, concrete sealing, or even a clear coat epoxy floor!
Why to stain a concrete floor?.. Because why wouldn't you... When you have the option and want to add a little character to your floor to make a space more unique to your needs or the design you're looking to achieve. Most clients opt for staining to add a little bit more of a unique or specific look their going for outside of the modern mostly grey look of sealed concrete flooring.
How it's done:
Step 1 - Prepare the Surface and the Space
To stain your concrete floor, no matter the type of finish it all starts with the surface prep, you'll need to do the following:
Clean all dust, dirt, and debris from your concrete surface. You can use an industrial-strength cleaner or a high-quality degreaser for this task. Use a pressure washer if necessary.
As a contractor however, we always advise for mechanically grinding for surface prep, wherever available, as this will give the most uniform results for making sure the concrete surface is clean and ready to receive a stain.
Cover everything 4-6feet up the walls around the space to avoid overspray or staining anything which shouldn't be stained.
Step 2 - Apply Stain
Product used - Most often today, because the stain technology is actually so much better than previous forms of concrete stain, water-based stains are used most always today for effectiveness, clean up, environmental attributes, and of course ease of use or predictability.
In no less than two coats, apply stain using a sprayers and working into the concrete surface with either broom or microfiber pads.
Step 3 - Finish the Floor
This is how you plan to seal the floor...
If it's concrete polishing, then continue through the process of concrete polishing and sealing.
If it's epoxy flooring, prep the space for the coating and apply a thin-mil clear coat.
If it's just the application of a penetrating sealant, prep for sealant application and apply no less than two coats.
Step 4 - Clean up...
So... Concrete stains are a great way to add color and design elements to your concrete floors. They can be used on any type of concrete (including garage floor or basement floor), and there are many different colors to choose from. If you want to make your concrete floors more interesting, a concrete stain might be the way to go. I hope this guide has been helpful for you. Please let us know, if you have a project to discuss today! C*Rock Finishing contact links above or below!