Friday, May 29, 2015

How to Apply Acid Stain on a Concrete Floor

A cheaper option compared to other flooring types, stained concrete can instantly transform the look and feel of any room. It can be paired with a wide array of interior styles and it's easy to clean and maintain, too. Here's how to do it yourself:


YOU'LL NEED:
- masking paper or old newspapers and tape
- safety gear like rubber gloves, a face mask, and safety goggles
- acid stain mixture, from the hardware store
- two pump sprayers, to apply the stain and neutralizer with
- water and ammonia
- a mop or a wet/dry vacuum
- concrete sealer
- a paint roller, with an extension handle


PROCEDURE:

- Firstly, protect your walls. Staining can be messy. Make sure you don't get any acid on the lower walls by covering that area with with masking paper or old newspapers secured with tape.

- Then, mix the acid stain. Do so outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear a mask, gloves, and protective eyewear, like safety goggles. Acid stains are made up of hydrochloric acid. Be careful while you're at it. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the mixture you bought. Pour the mixture into your spray pump and test it out first before using it on the floor.

- Apply the stain on the floor with the spray pump, starting from one corner of the room. Apply a thick and even coat of the acid, but not to the point where it forms puddles on the floor.

- Apply another coat on top of the first after letting it dry for about an hour. Apply multiple coats until you achieve the desired color. 

- Once the final coat is dry, neutralize the acid with a mixture of four parts water and one part ammonia, applied with a clean spray pump.

- Once the neutralizer has dried up, clean the floor with a mop or a wet/dry vacuum cleaner.


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