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Stain Concrete - Things That Everyone Ought to Know

By Ben Lager Subscribe to RSS | May 23rd 2012 | Views:

Acid stains can create a wonderful effect on concrete, transforming the dull grey slab of concrete into a wonderful finished floor. Acid staining gives a translucent speckled finish that makes it ideal to be used in patios. They’ve indeed come a long way from being considered a low cost coloring alternative. Today, they’re an important consideration when it comes to aesthetics. Here are a few things that you ought to know about stain concrete:

- An advantage of stain concrete over paint and pigmented concrete is the fact that the chemicals are absorbed into the pores to react with the minerals to get the desired color. The color too does not peel or flake and hence lasts long.

- In fact, even other stains can be made to look natural. Also, if you are resourceful enough, these stains can be made to look natural.

- Make sure that you choose the colors carefully. Stain concrete floors when exposed to the vagaries of weather can fade and discolor.

- Contractors begin work only when the floor is clean and tidy. This is begun by cleaning the floor of grease, paint, wax and other sealants. The floor is then washed with water and special chemicals.

- Acid staining is a DIY job, but only if you have some expertise. Acid staining a floor is more like painting on an empty canvas. You ought to be creative and knowledgeable about how acid colors react when mixed with one another, or the end result can look disastrous. You never know how the floor will turn out, hence its best to leave it to the professionals. But if you insist on doing the job yourself, it is suggested that you attend a training workshop or seminar to understand the nuances better.

- Earlier acid colors were available in a limited array of colors including tans, browns, terra-cottas, and soft blues and greens. But today, they’re available in a wide range of water soluble colors including vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and even purple.

- Maintaining them is easy; just apply a sealer every year or until you observe that the water no longer stays on the surface.

- There’s a lot of debate on the durability of acid stained floors. The first known example of acid stained floors is probably The Ahwahnee Hotel. This project was undertaken in 1927; the fact that the chemically stained floors have remained durable even after 85 years is proof enough of their quality.

Ben Lager - About Author:
The Author of this article writes reviews about concrete flooring and helps people understand the different types of concrete flooring including stain concrete and concrete sealing.

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