Category Archives: Stained Concrete

How do you help safeguard these freshly polished floors from construction traffic and mishaps from dropped tools and building materials?There are several different types of surface protection that protect newly-installed decorative concrete floors from damage

Many contractors use Masonite, sheet plastic, and slick films to try to protect concrete flooring. These items offer limited protection and have serious limitations. Products like plywood can scratch flooring and are typically heavy and difficult to store after use. Masonite is bulky and can’t easily be repositioned on a job site. Also, Masonite is not absorbent, so liquids flow… (more…)

With basic cleaning and applying diamond polishing pads to the concrete floor, you can easily restore the gleam of stained and dull grey concrete stone

Polishing is a process that can add beauty to otherwise drab surface while reducing costs, enhancing sustainability, and contributing to the overall easy-to-maintain lustrous surface. Diamond polishing pads can be comfortably applied to marble polishing, granite polishing and concrete polishing. There is a complete line of pads available in the market for different applications such as Wet Resin Bond Diamond… (more…)

You might find the perfect color carpet, but the pattern may not work

It’s especially aggravating when you find the right color and pattern, but there isn’t enough tile or carpet in stock! If you’re tired of chasing around and settling for a floor that’s a different shade or design then what you want, take a look at decorative concrete stain. Cement floors are no longer just white or gray. Stains and dyes… (more…)

Decorative concrete floors are available for both new construction and remodeled buildings

If the concrete slab is cracked or damaged, there are ways to repair and create level, even surfaces. Decorative concrete is available in almost any color or pattern. Graphic patterns and commercial logos can also be integrated into the floor. The perfect look can be achieved for elegant banquet rooms and resorts, cafes, bars, lounges, and fast food dining areas.… (more…)

A quick stroll inside your local hardware store, you may collect many catalogs showing you the beauty of a perfectly stained concrete driveway

In recent years, homeowners and drawn to this option because of the economic factor and the flexibility in colors and designs, it is only limited by your imagination. Rain is absolutely the worst enemy of stains. Excess stain or stain residue will be carried by the rain water and go all over the places. The second tip is also related… (more…)

If applied correctly to a clean surface, acid based concrete stain colors will always be permanent

Stained concrete flooring is becoming a mainstream every day. Nothing is more engaging than coming across a beautiful floor that has stood the test of time. Staining is no fleeting fadStained concrete enjoys an expanding array of exterior and interior applications. Unlike many designs trends, it will remain in vogue for many long years and could even become as a… (more…)

In this process, a plain surface is uncovered to reveal the exceptional beauty lying beneath

An exposed aggregate finish offers numerous advantages. And many of today’s contractors are finding creative ways to take exposed aggregate to the next level. If it doesn’t, curing agents may be obstructing the chemical stains to penetrate into the concrete surface with the lime in the concrete. Prepare the area, remove any stains and clean the entire floor. The concrete… (more…)

These kits contain nearly everything you need to get started, and many even come with a step-by-step guide on how to do the whole process

You should not be intimidated with this project, even if you are using an acid based stain. The key to working with acid, even a low level acid like in the stain, is to take all the proper precautions for safety. This includes wearing thick shoes, long pants, long sleeves, rubber gloves, and splash guard goggles. If you are using… (more…)

If your project is already made, such as a stepping stone, a pot or even a whole patio, you have the following options open to you, all of which will require a thorough cleaning and probably etching as well

Paint – If you thoroughly clean and etch your project, the paint should adhere well. How long it will adhere nicely is dependent on moisture. A painted pot with a plant in it will be more likely to have peeling problems than a painted door stop in the living room. But with paint, it’s so easy to find a finish… (more…)

While most concrete stains come in tans and earthy colors, they can also be mixed to create unique colors

This method can be used to create color boundaries for multiple color staining. Before starting, remove the stains in any way possible. Cured or sealed concrete floors cannot be stained. Also, when washing the floor before staining, never use acid based cleaners. These will react negatively with the acid stain. Make sure to always wear the proper safety gear when… (more…)