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Improving Your Concrete Surfaces If you’re looking to sell your home, you probably want to do anything you can to differentiate it from other houses on the market, but don’t want to spend a ton of money to do it. It’s important to note that the first thing anyone sees when coming to view your home (or even to join you for dinner) is the outside. That’s why real estate agents place a lot of importance on curb...

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The unique colors and patterns found in concrete acid stained floors come not from paints or coatings but from a chemical reaction, which takes place after applying the staining solution. Staining gives concrete floors rich, luminous tones that other flooring and coloring mediums cannot match. You can choose acid stains that mimic the look of marble, natural stone, leather, wood, and other surface types. The product is durable,...

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It is imperative that you have a maintenance program, as this will greatly increase the life of the stained concrete and sealer. You could clean it with a neutral cleaner and reapply wax periodically to avoid wear and tear. The wax helps to preserve the “new” look of the concrete floor. Winter is the worst time for wear, as de-icing salts and sand can be tracked in, and this damages the concrete surface. Learn more about acid stained...

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It is best to allow a 28-day curing period for the hydration water to dry up. While you may be able to acid stain sooner, you should wait out the full 28-day period, as this means you can seal when finished staining. This is an important consideration since most sealers are sensitive to moisture. Learn more about acid stained concrete...

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There are numerous ways to apply the stain, and each provides you with a different look. Application with a non-metallic sprayer or bottle is recommended, and you should ensure the area is completely covered, and any walls, trim, doors, and other objects that might be affected by the spray should also be covered. Use a special acid-resistant brush or broom after spraying to move the stain around. Always keep a wet edge, and never use...

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It is best to create a profile in the concrete, as this helps the stain to penetrate deeper into the surface. Remove all types of sealers and cures, and get rid of any paint, glue, or other coating that might be on the concrete. A floor polisher or buffer with black pads is a good choice, and some companies may use chemical surface preparation. It is important to test a number of areas with water, and if you see visible stains or the...

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Typically, stain companies offer eight to 10 standard colors, because the composition of the materials only allows them to use a few earth tone-type colors, such as light tans and reddish tones. Remember, a real acid stain is the chemical reaction with the concrete, so there are no pigments, tints or fillers in the stain. Learn more about acid stained concrete...

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Acid stains are actually a combination of numerous materials, and when the acid stain is correctly used on concrete, a permanent color will be left on its surface. In essence, the result is due to a chemical reaction with the concrete. Learn more about acid stained concrete flooring.

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