The idea of having concrete floors throughout the house is initially a turnoff to many people, until they see how stunning stained concrete floors can be. In the hands of a concrete artist, the flooring might be turned into something that looks more like marble or even brick. Patterns can be cut into the concrete to resemble grout lines dividing large pieces of colored tile flooring.
A popular form of concrete decoration is staining. Whether it’s acid or acrylic, staining the concrete is a good way to turn it from that boring grey into just the right color to match the rest of the room.
How to Stain Concrete Floors
Color can be added to the concrete by using chemical stains made of either acrylic or acid. Acrylic is harder to predict the outcome of, as it can point the chinks and cracks in concrete more prominently, so it’s often recommended that homeowners use acid-based stain when coloring their concrete floors.
Cleaning the concrete is key before laying the stain, as adding color to any surface will show any kind of variations or problems that might be there beforehand. So having dust highlighted would not be a good idea. Applying it uniformly is also a good idea, unless you want some part of the concrete to be darker or lighter than others on purpose.
Chemical stains are used on existing slabs by mixing muriatic acid with metallic salts. The salts convey the color and the acid etches the surface enough for the color to penetrate up to 1/16 of an inch. The stain can be rolled or sponged on the slab. Each style provides a different result. Afterwards, make sure to remove any residue or inconsistencies before the staining dries, so you get the exact look you want for the stained surface. Use a wet cloth to blot the surface to remove any prints or splotches. Then apply a sealant coating.
More on Concrete Flooring
Concrete floors are not for everyone, and some people believe such floors would be too hard. Indeed, they are hard, but no more so than ceramic tile or stone floors. A few well-placed rugs will give the floor a softer look.
Concrete also lends itself well to radiant heating. The pipes can be placed in the concrete during the pour, and the concrete mass helps distribute the heat uniformly.
Maintenance is easy with these floors. They do not wear out or discolor. Basic sweeping and damp mopping keeps them great in appearance. The reason for this is because the color has penetrated the concrete and is not a surface material, like polish, waiting to be dulled.