How to Stain Concrete

Staining concrete is a relatively simple, inexpensive method of obtaining beautiful, high luster, durable flooring for both residential and commercial applications.  From rustic, deep umber to a high-gloss euro finish, colors that are rich and dynamic are all possible with the proper preparation and materials. The Stamp Store can help you select the proper material for any project, large or small, and provide you with the training you need to have the eye-catching surface you are looking for.

Selecting the method

There are three primary methods of staining a concrete floor:  acid stain, acetone dyes and water based stains.  Acid staining is really a misnomer; it is not actually a stain at all, but rather a chemical reaction.  The acid reacts with the chemical composition of the concrete and produces a color unique to the particular acid being used.  Acetone dyes are particulates suspended in a solution that will dye untreated concrete.  Dozens of colors are available in the acetone family.  Water based stains use an acrylic coloring method to produce results.  Color choices are more restrictive with water based stains and they are often used in corrective or blending work.

Preparing the surface

Successful concrete staining is best undertaken on untreated substrates.  The prior use of certain additives, sealers and coatings will render the concrete non-porous and will interfere with either the chemical reaction of acid stains or the absorption of color from acetone dyes and water based stains.  Make certain that your surface is clean and dry before beginning any method of coloration.

Applying the product

While each method varies a bit in application, there are some fundamentals that apply.  First, and foremost, protect surfaces that you do not wish to receive color.  Secondly, protect yourself: gloves, eye protection and arm/leg protection are especially important.  Some products are applied using a sprayer, while others are rolled on.  Consult the manufacturer’s directions for the proper mixture concentration, the preferred application method and cure times for that specific product.

Sealing your new floor

The finished floor is not complete without a sealant.  The sealant protects the color and creates an impervious barrier for the surface.  Sealants are many and varied in luster and durability.  Most sealers are applied with a roller or sprayer.  Selecting a sealer that is compatible with the method of coloration is critical. Care of use of stained concrete

The ease of maintenance of stained concrete is one of its many allures.  A quick sweep and damp mop is all you need to keep your surface looking great for years to come.