Using an acid stain on your concrete floor can add the dramatic effect of marbling, mimic other surfaces like stone and leather, and add luxurious depth to your space. Unlike painting, staining permeates the surface and infuses with it, creating translucent tones that appear different on every surface.
Most acid stains are a mixture of water, hydrochloric acid and metallic salts. They penetrate the concrete and chemically react with the hydrated lime that lives there. The acid in the stain rises to the surface, allowing the salts to work their magic. Once the stain has reacted with the concrete, it becomes permanent and will not fade or wear.
Most acid based concrete stains come in earth tones, but their application and the techniques used to apply them can achieve incredible results. Like the stain you might use on wood, concrete stains are partially transparent and enhance the floor rather than disguise its imperfections.
Staining requires neutralizing and a proper seal once complete, this protects it from everyday wear and tear and enhances the floor with shine. Concrete floors have quickly risen up the charts as a new favorite flooring material choice for home designers in the U.S. You’ll most commonly see them in retail stores, restaurants and offices, but this exciting floor option is popping up in homes everywhere.
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