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What are Stained Concrete Floors?

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For those wanting an innovative alternative to hardwood, tile, or carpet, stained concrete floors are a beautiful and functional choice. Stained concrete floors offer an elegant surface that saves time and reduces allergies since it's so easy to clean. Unlike plain grey concrete on walkways, these floors come in rich, variable colors and glow with a waxy sheen.

Shades of green and brown color the intricate surface of stained concrete floors. They constitute a durable, decorative, and unique kind of floor covering for businesses, patios, and residences. Many chic interior designers and families with practical concerns are choosing stained concrete floors because they combine the patterns of tiles with the affordability and ease of concrete. Daily mopping keeps down dust, allergens, and bacteria. Area rugs can add warmth and softness if you worry that your room may look too severe or propagate echoes.

You can choose from among many shades of earth-tone colors when designing the final look of your acid stained floor, but the outcome of the hue can't be guaranteed. The complex stages of acid staining concrete means that natural variances, unplanned textures, and veining are to be expected. It is not a dye nor an application of paint. These organic patterns add to the appeal and elegance of this floor type, rather than represent a disadvantage.

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With a stained concrete floor, you can create your own personalized mosaic or design. This means you may mimic marble tiles, terra cotta, hardwood inlays, or slate slabs. Experiment with outlining some areas in rectangular blocks to separate living spaces. For a dramatic flair, center circular medallions in hallways or staircase landings. Scatter repeating shapes across the vast expanse of a kitchen to break up the monotony. After the process of chemical staining, the floor is sealed with a thick layer of wax and burnished to a rich, glowing sheen.

Stained concrete floors are very flexible in their installation and future uses. For example, you can stain old, cracked concrete floors or lay brand new concrete slabs. This floor covering is also compatible with radiant floor heating systems. Furthermore, concrete functions as a subfloor, so it can always be covered in more traditional materials, such as hardwood or carpet, later on.

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anon24865
Post 4

How do you clean the stained concrete? Our rental house has this type of floor, and everything I have tried is either too slippery or has a really thick film?!!

anon6265
Post 3

You should do prep work if there is anything stuck to the surface like grime or old glue.

If you do an acid wash you risk disolving the top layer of cement and make it so the concrete stain won't look good.

There is more than one type of product sold as concrete stain and some of them are actually more like paint or epoxy paint than like stain.

You can also make it yourself just google for: "concrete stain formula"

anon5552
Post 2

we stained our concrete floor with semi concrete stain. We prepared the area as directed. It looks as if we have painted the floor instead of it being stained. What did we do wrong?

anon2116
Post 1

Do you have to do any prep work to the concrete such as sanding or acid washing or do you simply apply the desired color.

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