A do it yourself concrete staining project is an easy way for the weekend warrior to improve the look of their home. When you change the your ugly concrete to look like stone or marble, you will instantly become the envy of the neighborhood.
Unlike a paint or a film, the concrete stain actually changes the composition of your floor. This creates an incredibly unique, durable, and long lasting look.
When looking at concrete stains you will notice that they mostly come in brown, red, and tan earth tones. They can also be be mixed together so you can get the exact color you are looking for.
Instead of hiring a professional concrete stainer for your project, consider doing it yourself. This is going to save you a ton of money in the long run, and it is a project that can easily be done in just one weekend.
Before you start your project it is important that you tape and plastic off all your walls and doors in the area. This will ensure that the stain only gets one the areas it is supposed to. It is also essential to start with a perfectly cleaned floor. Any dirt or resudue left will show through, so it is very important to do a good clean up job. It is also important to test the stain in an out of the way area.
For more artistic floors, a diamond-edged saw can carve out score lines. Score lines are basically grooves in the floor that can create patterns or boundaries for the stain. When staining, remember that the more you use, the richer and deeper the color. Make sure to use the same amount over the entire floor, unless you want color variations. After the first coat has dried, apply the second coat of stain. Do not walk on or tamper with the concrete floor for twenty-four hours.
Once the stain has dried, then use a scrub brush to remove any leftover residue. You can now choose to use a sealer. Sealers improve the life of the concrete stain. They also give the floor a glossy appearance. You may want to test the effect of the sealer on an obscure corner of concrete to ensure you like the outcome.
In conclusion, do it yourself concrete staining is not a difficult project. It will save you money, time, and hassle, and it provides a quick solution to dirty, ugly, or just plain concrete floors.