Concrete Staining with Acid Stains
When you want to do some concrete staining for your floors, you might want to consider acid staining. An acid stain is a solution of inorganic salts, water, and acid that reacts with the minerals found in concrete. And this reaction results in color. Acid stain is not a coating agent or a paint, it is a coloring process which involves a chemical reaction with the cement in the concrete.
Acid staining your concrete floors makes them more durable. The stained floor becomes resistant to spills and other problems, and maintenance becomes a lot easier. All you have to do to keep your stained concrete is wash it with soapy water and mop when needed. Acid staining does not only create a beautiful new look for your flooring, but can also help prevent allergy problems, compared to carpets which can become a breeding ground for dust, pet hair and other allergens.
Concrete staining is not difficult to do but since there is a great deal of variance among concrete conditions and types, you have to do it right in order to look good. Be sure that the stain you buy is an acid stain, and that you can carefully execute the steps in the right manner.
When you decide to acid-stain your flooring, it is still recommended that you hire a professional. Your home is one of your most important investments, and you want only the best for it, especially your floors. Staining requires a lot of know-how but if you are one of those who want a challenge, and you want to do it yourself, then you might want to know the most common problems people encounter in acid staining. The usual problems are those areas where the stain does not react and where the stain color does not come out right.
With some acid stain colors, you may not get the color that you see in liquid form once it has reacted with the concrete surface. Its true color may not be revealed until it has remained on the concrete for several hours. The color is going to be more intense on new concrete than on older ones. Also, acid stains are not paints, they are translucent and don’t come in a wide range of colors. They are limited to natural tones like tans, golden hues, and browns.
When the stain is not reacting on some areas, there might be things on the surface or in the pores of the concrete that are blocking the stain from reacting completely. Most people who do their own staining just pull up their carpets, do some floor sanding, and proceed to staining. The problem is that the carpet glues, paint, and chemical spills never completely go away. And unless you grind them down, they are going to prevent the chemical reaction from happening.
When doing your own acid staining and you meet these problems, it might cost you more to have them fixed than when you hire professionals to do the concrete staining job in the first place.