Concrete Staining is a great way to add color and sophistication to your concrete flooring at an affordable price point.
Floor Prepping & Process
The staining process takes about 2 days and should only be done on fully cured concrete (at least 3 to 4 weeks old). Staining is done in 4 basic steps:
- Clean and prepare the concrete.
- Apply the stain
- Clean and neutralize the stain
- Seal the surface to protect it long term
The surface must be clean before we start. Epic Epoxy Floors will clean all excess oil and grease spills, scrape and sweep away any dirt or loose contaminants from the surface. We will ensure no sealer or coating is present by applying the proper concrete cleaning products or utilizing our diamond blade concrete grinder for more extensive preparation work. We do not use an acid wash on the concrete primarily because this will deplete the lime content in the concrete, which is exactly what is necessary to form a chemical reaction with the stain. With chemically stained floors, the consequences of substandard cleaning can be difficult to remedy. Unlike paints and coatings for concrete, which are opaque and can disguise many evils, acid stains are transparent. Any unwanted residue remaining on the floor is likely to show through the newly applied stain.
Epic Epoxy Floors will be sure to protect all surrounding surfaces and fixtures by properly masking and covering them. The selected stain will be sprayed onto the designated surface area in a circular motion to ensure a full and even coverage. Several coats could be applied with a complete drying time in between, depending on the desired look we are trying to achieve.
Finally, we will apply the highest quality concrete sealer.. A sprayer and microfiber pads is the best method for an exceptionally smooth and glossy finish. We will apply two coats of sealer with less than four hours of drying time between. After the concrete staining process is complete, wait three or four days before opening your floor to foot traffic and furniture placement.