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stainconflrs   , 28

from Perth


Creating Stained Concrete Floors Is Easy And Cost-Effective

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If you like the feel of acid washed concrete, you will love knowing how you can create stained concrete floors. This method is much simpler, significantly less expensive and creates the same beautiful results. In this article, we will share some tips on staining your concrete floor. Continue reading to learn more.

Get Organized!

Before you do anything else, vacation to your local home improvement center and gather your supplies. Listed here are the things you'll need:

* Two shades of solid concrete stain (e.g. brownish and tan)

* Concrete sealer inside the degree of sheen which you prefer

* A 1 gallon sprayer with an adjustable nozzle

* A long handled paint roller with semi-smooth nap

* Painters tape and plastic for protection

* A paint tray
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You can also need to get a big little bit of cardboard or understand that you'll need an out-of-the-way space on the floor to test your technique before beginning.

Prep the room where you will be working. Take everything out and canopy the walls about 4 feet high throughout with your plastic and painters tape. This will prevent over-spray from damaging your walls. Once that's done, get the concrete good and clean by vacuuming or sweeping. Whatever happens to be on the floor when you begin your treatment will continue to be stuck to the floor forever.

Start Staining Your Concrete Floor

With your room prepped, you're ready to begin. Start by mixing the stain just as you would paint. Once it's thoroughly mixed, fill your sprayer and start by testing your spraying pattern in your piece of cardboard or out-of-the-way area of flooring.

Begin spraying to the side of the room away from the door and work your way towards the door. This is very important! You don't want to get trapped on the far side of the room by the wet floor.

As you work, keep the sprayer a couple of feet above the floor in order to avoid having puddles of stain. What you would like is a nice splattered effect. Understand that you're not trying to get a solid finish. You would like the concrete to look like natural stone if you are done. Once you have practiced slightly and feel confident, you can begin in your floor.

TIP: If you are treating the edges with the floor, hold your sprayer up several feet so that you are spraying the plastic that you put over the walls. This way, you will get a nice splattered effect on the floor next to the wall and prevent making puddles.

Completing the work will take a surprisingly short time. It is possible to apply the first coat in an average sized room within just an hour. If you have stained left, it is possible to pour it back into the can and reserve it. Be sure to clean your sprayer thoroughly as your second coat is a different color from the first coat.

Do not be in a rush to apply the second coat. Be sure to delay until the first coat is thoroughly dry since you will be walking on it to use the second coat. Just keep to the same process with a careful eye to filling out spaces that didn't get splattered enough the very first time.

When you're done, cleanup and wait until the second coat is dry. If you want your final result, it is possible to go ahead and seal a floor. If you want a different look or have to touch up, just increase the amount of layers until you're satisfied with the results.

Seal Your Stained Concrete Floor

Your sealer is clear, so it will not change the appearance of your floor apart from to add shine if that's what you want. You should use between three and six coats of sealant. Use the first couple of coats using your roller, and use the final coat along with your sprayer set to fine mist for any flawless finish. Make sure to wait until each coat is dry before applying the next coat.

Once you're done, make sure you give your stained concrete floors plenty of time to dry completely before moving furniture in. Along with your floor thoroughly dried and seasoned, you'll have a tough, attractive and thrifty surface to take pleasure from for a good long time.