How do I stain a concrete floor?
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How do you stain a concrete floor?
By jcmid2 from Germantown, TN
There are several products available to stain concrete floors. Some are one part and others are two part systems. They have these products at Home Depot and Lowes. I would suggest you read the labels on how to do this and then decide if you want to tackle this project. The directions have to be followed for a good job.There may be other and easier ways to stain a concrete floor, but you want something that will last and look good for a long time with out having to redo the staining every few years. You could also look in the yellow pages and have a professional do the job. (08/18/2009)
First you have to clean them.
Read this: concretenetwork.com
Then you use special acids to stain them.
Read this: concretenetwork.com
What acid stains don't offer is a broad color selection. You'll mostly find them in a limited array of subtle earth tones, such as tans, browns, terra cottas, and soft blue-greens. But newer products on the market such as water-based penetrating stains and water-and solvent-based concrete dyes are greatly expanding the artist's palette with colors ranging from soft pastels to vivid reds, oranges, yellows, and purples.
How to stain a concrete floor: younghouselove.com
Concrete dyes: concretenetwork.com
Concrete acid stains vs concrete dyes: merchantcircle.com (08/18/2009)
I want to remove my carpet and do something, like paint or stain my concrete living room floor. I have large dogs, grand-dogs, and grand kids. Any suggestions, tips or advice?
By auntbrluvsboxers from North TX
Stain or paint looks awesome. Weigh your traffic to decide. You mention lots of dogs (who might wee wee) and children (who might spill) so you'll want to investigate whether those things happening might stain the stain. With paint you'll want to be sure to place cardboard or rug pieces (the rug not the backing side down) under the feet of furniture to move so the paint doesn't get scratched. Read Cosmics tip down below in the archives about staining.
And this link regarding painting: www.thriftyfun.com/tf915842.tip
And here's one that shows photos of painted concrete floors: www.thriftyfun.com/tf80178241.tip.html
And here's a link that has a photo slide show of fancy stained concrete floors (most of them look like they have a top coating. Personally I like the look of the ones that don't seem to have a coating on them): www.concretenetwork.com
Good luck and share photos of your finished floors with us, please. (06/11/2009)
Has anyone heard of staining your concrete floors?
Sharon from McGehee, AR
I think I have watched a program on DIY network, but I think they were painting the floor. You might check out their website to see if you can find some info on staining, (diynetwork.com.). If not, maybe it was hgtv.com.
Actually, it is an inexpensive way of making your concrete floors look really neat. There are many options. You can paint, stain, etc. There is tons of information out there.
Good luck. (08/30/2006)
We are about to stain the living room floor at our lake house. For a couple of months we have experimented with paint and stain on our garage floor. Here is what we have learned:
Stain looks better than paint. You can layer colors for a more custom appearance. Be sure to have a very clean floor. All dirt, glue, oil, etc. will affect the finished look. You never know how the finished floor will turn out until all the steps have been completed. Do not let the intermediate appearance scare you. It can look ugly during the process. Buy stain, or paint, made specifically for concrete. Allow a lot of time, it is a multi-step process that requires drying and curing time.
Good luck. (08/31/2006)