Those who have done some concrete staining for their homes before will tell you that it is quite a project. Home owners who are looking to save a bundle by concrete staining their own homes will have to do some read up or research before embarking on the project. Usually, people will get the job done during the summer months when the weather is hot. Obviously yo can’t get it done during winter or when the ground is wet.
Anyway, here are a couple of concrete staining techniques and application that you will find useful for your DIY project. First, please make sure that you have decided which area you wish to concrete stain. Also have a small patch selected where you can try out the acid stain to see what is the color. Bear in mind that it is not like painting the wall as staining the concrete with acid stain does not guarantee that you will get the color shade of your choice as this depends on the chemical reaction when the solution is applied on your home concrete floor.
That’s why you need to have a small area of concrete for you to try on the concrete stain to see whether you get the color you desire. If you want it darker, you will need to apply another layer of coating over the first layer after it dries. Bear in mind that you can’t make the shade lighter if you apply too much so please be careful when applying the concrete stain.
If you would like to get a complete run down on the entire process and what it looks like to have an idea on what you will have to do, click here http://concretecamouflage.com/concrete_staining_guide.cfm to have a look at a concrete staining guide.
You will also notice that there are specific ways to apply the concrete stain on to the flooring. You could either use an applicator or a spray but this would depend on the area and surface type of the concrete. If the concrete is smooth, you could easily use an applicator. If it’s a wide area that you need to cover with rough concrete surface, you might as well use a spray.
Home owners will also need to allow time for the solution to set before washing it off and going to the next step of applying a coat of concrete sealer. This helps to protect the concrete and if you want the nice shiny effect like those in huge super markets, you could apply a few coats of floor wax for concrete.
Here’s a short informative video acid staining concrete floors and exteriors :