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With every passing year, acid stained concrete floors are more popular with homeowners across the United States. Concrete floors are easy to clean and maintain but they also offer interior design options that can be both modern or traditional according to a recent Houzz.com article. “Be prepared to have your mind blown by how beautiful, elegant and warm a concrete floor can look!”
A few years ago, Jack H., contacted us about acid staining the floors in his 1700 sq. ft. home. He wanted to dispense with carpet in his home to make things easier to clean but more importantly to reduce indoor dust allergens made worse by carpeting. Jack told us that he and his wife were getting a little older and wanted to remodel their home to make life as simple as possible for them and their little indoor dog.
Having been given our marching orders, we recommended the Bean-e-doo Mastic Remover to strip the glue of the floor in preparation for acid staining. Surface preparation is the most important step in successfully acid staining concrete floors. If that’s done right, most everything else will fall into place. Jack selected the Coffee Brown and Cola Acid Stain for the project. He wanted something that had both reddish-brown and dark brown elements to balance the white and beige colors of his walls and cabinetry.
Jack wanted a sealer that would produce a deep, rich color but without being too high gloss or have strong odor during application. There was no question the Krystal Kote High Gloss Water Based was the best bet for his home. Krystal Kote offers a nice glossy finish and has no odor during application. This was important to Jack primarily because of his pets but over all wanted to keep the chemical used in his house to a minimum.
After applying two coats of sealer and allowing for adequate dry time, Jack finished the floor with three coats of Commercial Wax and Polish. He chose the commercial vs. residential wax because it has a higher solids content and adds a bit more luster as well as protection for the floor. If you have dogs in the house, go with the commercial wax.
24 hours after the last coat of wax is applied the floors are ready for service but there’s a smart way to move furniture back into the home and there’s a not so smart way. If you drag heavy furniture across an acid stained concrete floor, it’s going to scratch. The best way to avoid damage while moving back into your home is to put Teflon pads under heavier furniture and carefully slide the pieces into place. For more ideas and recommendations on how to care for acid stained floors, visit our blog.
Jack told us, “No matter what walks in or out, you just do a damp mop and it’s ready to go, really easy to maintain. We used acid stain in the entire house. Every closet, every floor, bedrooms and kitchen. We put a few throw rugs in. I did the whole interior of my 2000 square foot house for about $500-600. To carpet and tile it, it would’ve been about $5,000. And it’s pretty much bulletproof. Been on over a year, and I’ve re-waxed it one time. It looks perfect. Everybody just marvels about it. They can’t believe it. With new construction concrete, it works very well if you protect it. It’s excellent. I would recommend it to anybody.”
Jack said he also enjoyed working with Direct Colors on the project. “It was real good, no sales tax, free delivery. We had delivery the next day, and it wasn’t expensive.”