Acid Concrete Stain

Acid Concrete StainAcid Concrete Stain

Instead of coughing up extra cash for hardwood floors, use acid concrete stain to give your floor the appearance of marble – sleek, chic, and the fraction of the cost of installing fancy flooring.

Step 1: Clean the concrete thoroughly. Get rid of any dirt hiding in the crevices. You’re going to need to get down on your hands and knees, with a trusty old rag in hand.

 

Step 2: Acid concrete staining is a finicky technique, reacting differently on each surface. Test a small patch of the floor before going through the effort of staining the entire floor and not appreciating the final look. You’re looking for something glossy.


 

Step 3: Scrub the stain generously into the concrete. You don’t want to leave behind any markings or evidence of your work. Blend the lines together for a seamless finish. Work from the corner of the room out, so you don’t end up stepping in any of the wet patches.

 

Step 4: Clean the area thoroughly, ensuring the acid residue has been diminished and the surface is neutralized. Failure to complete this step could cause problems with the sealant. You want to create a strong surface for the sealant to latch on.

 

Step 5: Once it has dried, apply a sealant to prolong the wear of the stain. Give it a few minutes to set – a good time frame is overnight.

 

This is marvelous for those on a budget and interested in giving a new look to their basement area. It works best on concrete surfaces but can also be applied to various other flooring.

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10 thoughts on “Acid Concrete Stain

  • May 26, 2015 at 7:25 am
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    We have stain floors there are so easy to take care of. But how did you get yours so shiny ours are a little dull.

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    • May 31, 2015 at 8:43 pm
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      They do dull out a bit after a while. They type of stain used when the job was done, the level of cleanliness at the time, etc. could also have an impact on the level of shine.

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  • July 24, 2015 at 8:41 pm
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    Can concrete acid stain be used on outside concrete surfaces? Such as a covered patio?

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    • August 13, 2015 at 2:37 pm
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      Yes, it sure can. Just be sure to verify from where ever you purchase it.

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    • September 7, 2016 at 6:06 pm
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      Yes, definitely!
      Before, I also actually thought that acid stain is only good for interior concrete floors/surfaces. But I found out that it’s great for both indoor and outdoor surfaces. Just check out which between acid stain and water-based stain is best for a specific area. 🙂

      Good luck to your concrete staining project!

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  • September 23, 2015 at 7:56 pm
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    What if the concrete floor has been painted?

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    • September 28, 2015 at 12:39 pm
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      You can remove the paint with a low speed floor buffer and a sanding pad. Any flooring contractor or handyman with a buffer should be able to handle this for you.

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  • September 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm
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    What I need to do to prepare the concrete after it has had tile and the achieve is partially still there?

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  • June 23, 2016 at 6:04 am
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    I am laying down new concrete indoors can I stain this new floor?

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  • June 23, 2016 at 7:45 am
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    I will be pouring a new floor indoors, can I ascid stean the new floor.

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