Improving Your Concrete With Acid Stain

26 July 2016
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The floor in your basement is made from a concrete slab. No matter what type of flooring you place over the concrete, it won't be as durable as the concrete itself. On the other hand, a bare concrete slab is not much to look at. This is where using acid stain can help you to make a beautiful, durable floor without spending a lot of money. 

What is Acid Stain?

Unlike paints, which simply sit on the surface of the concrete, acid stain will have a chemical reaction with the concrete, and this reaction will change the color of the concrete itself. Thus, even if the top layer of the concrete gets damaged, the underlying concrete will still be stained. 

What Color Options Do You Have?

Acid stains will not paint your concrete slab bright colors, but it will help to create deep, natural looking color. Depending on what company you buy your stain from, you should have your choice between red, green, blue, brown, cream, etc. You can stain your floor all one color, or you can swirl different colors together to create a mottled look. You can even make patterns. 

Creating a Pattern

Making your floor look like a natural slab of rock can make what was once dull grey and without personality look beautiful, but if natural rock is not your thing, you can create patterns by alternating blocks of color. You can create the look of a tile floor, a compass rose, a monogram, or whatever pattern you want. 

Protecting Your Floor

In order to keep your floor looking beautiful for years to come, you need to protect it from stains and other damage. To do this, you need to lay down a layer of wax. Not only will this provide a layer of protection, but it will also add depth and shine to your floor. 

If you are simply laying down one color of acid stain, you can paint it onto your floor with a big squeegee, wait for it to have its reaction, then clean up any excess with a wet/dry vacuum. On the other hand, if you are trying to create a swirl of colors or a complex pattern, your job gets much more difficult. Rather than create a stain that will mar your floor for years to come, you should trust your floor to professionals who will make sure the job gets done right. For more information, contact concrete contractors in your area.