Stained Concrete = DIY Easiest Floor To Install

Are you a DIY’er and need new flooring in your house? Stained concrete is the easiest flooring option for DIY project. When staining concrete you do not need any saws or special equipment. All you need is some safety protection gear and a pump up sprayer.

The hardest part about staining concrete is getting the color close to what you are looking for. The only concrete staining tip I can give you on colors is to always start with a strong dilution, meaning dilute the stain with a lot of water (if it is a water based stain) to make it lighter. You can always make the concrete floor darker, but once you have made the floor to dark you will not be able to lighten the color. You also want to consider what the floor will look like when it is sealed, most sealers will darken the floor.

Other then getting the color close to what you are looking for, staining the concrete is nothing more than spraying the concrete down using a pump sprayer with the stain in it.

If your in San Antonio and looking for concrete staining products, check out The Stain Store.

 

Acid Stained Concrete in Devine, Tx

We just got done staining this concrete floor in Devine, Tx with an acid stain.

The simple step’s we took to complete this stained concrete floor were:

  • We first cleaned the floor using an auto-scrubber and detergent.
  • After the floor dried enough we applied two coats of Kemiko Vintage Umber acid stain.
  • Once the acid stain dried we neutralized the floor with ammonia.
  • We then applied two coats of water-based acrylic sealer with two coats of floor finish on top.

Take a look at the photos of the floor below.

Acid Stained Concrete Floor

Acid Stained Concrete Floor

Stained Concrete Vintage Umber

Stained Concrete Vintage Umber

Vintage Umber Acid Stained Concrete

Vintage Umber Acid Stained Concrete

 

 

High Gloss Or Matte Finish Sealer For Stained Concrete?

Are you staining your concrete floors, and don’t know whether to use a gloss or matte finish sealer? There are a few things you should consider when selecting the shine level of the sealer:

The first thing you should consider is how much maintenance do you want to do on the stained concrete floors. If you decide to have a gloss finish, the floors will dim down over time and will require to re-wax the floors to bring it to the same gloss level. Stained concrete with a gloss finish sealer will look great once you put it down, but if there are going to be dogs running on the floor the shiny surface will show scratches easier than a matte finish.

The other thing you should consider is the design of the house, matte finish sealer will provide a warmer feeling to the house. This type of finish gives a more natural look to the stained concrete floor than the gloss finish sealer.

 

Prepping Exterior Concrete Before Staining

Stained concrete outside helps make the concrete more pleasing. It is one of the easiest DIY projects as the prep work and equipment needed to stain concrete is minimal. There are a few guidelines when prepping the concrete before staining:

  • Pressure washing will remove most stains from the concrete. Be careful not to hold the nozzle to close to the concrete or you will etch an unwanted pattern that will show up when finished staining and sealing the surface. 
  • Oil stains can be faded with degreasers found at the hardware store. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the surface afterwards, because the degreasers will be very sudsy. The oil might not come out on the first try, a couple of tries might be needed. Some time you will be left with a shadow of where the oil stain was.
  • Hard water stains can be removed with CLR or similar products, but do not use if you are planning on staining the concrete with an acid stain. This will deplete some of the lime the acid stain works with to produce the color in the concrete. If you need to use CLR you will have to use a water or solvent based dye to stain the concrete.
  • For exterior surfaces that are very dirty and after trying the above steps still won’t come clean, the last resort would be to grind the concrete. You will need to rent a grinder from a rental place. This will take the top surface of the concrete off, so you will see some aggregate in the concrete.

Concrete Floor Stained Using A Water Based Concrete Stain

This concrete floor was stained using Butterfield Elements Transparent Stain taupe color. We first ground the concrete to clean the floor and open the floor up so the stain is allowed to penetrate properly.

This was are second job using the Elements water based stain, the stain went down smoothly with using the HVLP sprayer required to apply the stain. The concrete floor was sealed with a solvent based acrylic sealer and then two coats of floor finish was applied.

Before Grinding Concrete

Before Grinding Concrete

 

Concrete Floor Stained With Water Based Stain

Concrete Floor Stained With Water Based Stain

Using Stained Concrete Outdoors

Stained concrete looks great outdoors, it can enhance patios, pool decks, sidewalks, and driveways.

When staining concrete outdoors there is a couple of things to keep in mind. The first thing we always tell customers is that darker colors will show water marks more than if the concrete was stained using a lighter color.

Another thing to think about is the surface of the concrete that is going to be stained. Smooth surfaces tend to look really nice when the finish coat of sealer is applied, it will be nice and shiny, but like all shiny surfaces they must be kept cleaned to remain shiny. Dust and dirt will very quickly reduce the shine of the surface. We learned this the hard way, when we first started out; we applied a smooth overlay on a driveway, stained it, and sealed the surface. When we were done, the driveway looked just like the owner had wanted it too, smooth and shiny. After a couple of weeks when the leaves started to fall the shine on the driveway was gone and you could see everything.

 

Stained Concrete Floor In Pleasanton, Tx

This stained concrete floor was completed in Pleasanton, Tx. The home was newly built by United-Bilt; the concrete floors were cleaned, stained with an acetone based stain, sealed, and then followed by two coats of wax.

If you are planning on getting your concrete floors stained when building a new home, the best time to get the floors stained is before the walls are painted.

Concrete Staining San Antonio

Concrete Staining

Interior Stained Concrete

Interior Stained Concrete

Stained Concrete Floor

Stained Concrete Floor

 

 

 

Concrete Staining in Seguin, TX

This week we were over in Seguin, Tx staining some interior concrete floors. This was a new construction home, so the concrete was fairly clean. We stained the concrete floors with a coffee acetone dye, then applied two coats of solvent based acrylic sealer, and then applied two coats of wax.

Staining Concrete

Before Staining the Concrete

After Staining the Concrete

After Staining the Concrete

After Sealing the Concrete

After Sealing the Concrete

 

 

 

Stained Concrete Patio In Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas

This patio had recently been acid stained with a black acid stain, then coated with a solid color concrete paint. The homeowner wanted to remove the black acid stain and paint, and re-stain the concrete patio.

After grinding the paint and acid stain off of the concrete, we sprayed an acetone dye and sealed the concrete with a solvent based acrylic sealer. You can notice in the picture below you can still see some of the black acid stain that was applied to the concrete. Black acid stains penetrate very deep into the concrete, they will show up even after grinding the top layer of the concrete off. A lot of times that is not a problem, it will only add  character to the finished stained concrete patio.

Painted Concrete Surface

Painted Concrete Surface

Painted Concrete Surface

Painted Concrete Surface

After Grinding The Acid Stain & Paint Off The Concrete

After Grinding The Acid Stain & Paint Off The Concrete

After Grinding The Acid Stain & Paint Off The Concrete

After Grinding The Acid Stain & Paint Off The Concrete

Concrete Stained & Sealed

Concrete Stained & Sealed

Concrete Stained & Sealed

Concrete Stained & Sealed

Concrete Stained & Sealed

Concrete Stained & Sealed