Stamped concrete uses specialty molds and other techniques to create concrete surfaces that resemble flagstone, cobblestone, brick and even hardwood floors. It is also more comfortable to have a very flat and even surface for your patio furniture, and this can be easily accomplished though the used of beautiful stamped concrete. Stamped concrete is a very heavy material with which to work, and it dries quickly, so the work must be done speedily as well.
It is a colouring process, which takes place on a cementitious surface. If, it is protected by a sealer or wax, it can be very enduring, and Acid stained concrete has been used with great effect both inside and out. Many builders achieve this by mixing their own shades at different rates. This gives acid staining such a useful and popular range of applications, that is can be seen in everything from living rooms, to driveways. Age may not come into it, but the condition certainly does. If the surface is Spalled, the aggregate stones may be showing through the concrete surface. This is because the aggregate stones do not react with the acid stain, and what you are seeing is only from a reaction with materials in the concrete paste. Whereas, where the concrete has been stamped overlaid or textured, a very effective depth of colour and realism can be achieved.
This could not be any further from the truth as concrete floors do become damaged over time just like any other floor. Staining concrete floors is one way to keep them properly maintained and in use for years on end. To begin, the first thing a person must do is acquire the materials needed to perform the staining. Because concrete staining must be preceded by an acid wash, it is important to make sure that safety measures like rubber gloves and protective eye gear are worn at all times. Other materials needed are a bucket, broom, rollers, concrete cleaner, and the sealer. Then thoroughly clean the entire surface area of the concrete floor to get rid of all dirt and grime. This may take awhile especially in wreck rooms and garages because they tend to be cluttered with a large amount of miscellaneous materials. This is the most dangerous part of the process and where protective gear should be worn because acid can be hazardous to work with. When the acid stain is dried and has taken effect, scrub the floor with a baking soda and water to clean any residues left by the acid stain. Sealer and stain is the same thing and this should be spread on evenly in quadrants, much like the acid wash. Let this dry and repeat if necessary to give the concrete floor the protective coat it needs. Keeping concrete floors in good condition can take about two days to complete but will save time in the long run by not having to relay pavement. Follow each one of these steps and make sure that protective gear is worn at all times