Acid-stained concrete gives your existing concrete floor a special aged look. It is an excellent way to give your concrete floor a “used” look without marring the surface. Acid-stained concrete is easy to apply, has high durability and long-lasting features. It is also available in a variety of finishes to suit any taste. Acid Stained Concrete is particularly effective for garage floors, pool decks, driveway repairs, and other outdoor areas where vehicles are frequently handled.
You can add color as well as texture to your existing acid stained concrete floors by making decorative patterns or using contrasting colors. When applying new concrete floors to an existing room, be sure to carefully lay the planks out before starting the work. This will help ensure that you have the most even surface possible. Lay down as much first-grade grade concrete as you possibly can on a flat, level and clean floor.
If the concrete floor does require an extra sealer, there are several options available. An oil based penetrating sealer that bonds easily to the surface is the best one for acid stained concrete floors. Oil-based penetrating sealers also give added protection from stains caused by liquids. The first recommendation for applying a penetrating sealer to acid stained concrete floors is to apply a thick coat, approximately twice the thickness of the planks, and let it dry overnight.
The next step of applying an acid stained concrete sealer is to sweep or vacuum the floor. The vacuum will loosen any built up dirt or dust particles. Then the sealer can be brushed on with a wide bristled brush. When the first application is necessary, use the back and forth motion of the brush and stand back slightly as the sealer will be absorbed into the material. Wait five to ten minutes and then repeat the step. Make sure to allow at least twenty-four hours between applications.
The third step in applying an acid stained concrete floors coating is to apply the penetrating sealer. Use an extension brush to apply the liquid or gel onto the surface. If the concrete surface has an adhesive, it will need to be mixed with water. It is important to mix the appropriate amount of water to the acid stained concrete floors’ existing finish. This will help the concrete surface to adhere to the coating and keep it in place. Depending on the traffic flow on the floor, the time it takes to dry may vary.
Once the application is complete, allow the concrete to dry thoroughly. A squeegee will help loosen any remaining residue, if there is any. With the resurfacing completed, clean up the area. Wipe the area down again with clean water to obliterate the residue. Make sure to allow at least twenty-four hours for the concrete to dry before walking on it.
Acid stained concrete floors are beautiful when they are first installed. However, over time, they will begin to take a color that is close to brown. If left untreated, this darkening will continue until the surface is completely destroyed. Applying an acid stain sealer provides a way to make the area look like it once did. Applying the sealer and then protecting it with a protective sealant will make the new look last longer and be a better investment than replacing the entire floor.
Acid-stained concrete floors are an attractive alternative to natural stone and carpet. They are durable and easy to care for and install. When sealing and protecting them, it is important to pay attention to the preparation of the flooring. By following the proper procedures, you will have a beautiful and striking new floor that will improve your home’s look. If you are looking for a different look Stamped Concrete San Diego is happy to provide a free consultation.