Congratulations to Mona Black of Tucson, AZ our 2017 Direct Colors End of Summer Photo Contest Winner!
What About a Stained Concrete Bathroom Floor?
Start with a Bathroom Floor for your First Concrete Staining Project!
Here’s her story from start to WOW!
My husband and I have wanted to do acid stain concrete for many years. After much back and forth, we finally decided to use our master bathroom floor as a testing room—to see if acid stain is a viable option for our entire house, instead of tile or carpet. We had never done a project like this before. We digested some informative articles and videos on Direct Color’s website and thought to ourselves, “Hey, this might be something we can do.” We tried looking at other websites, and after hours of research, Direct Colors was the one that made sense. It was the most informative, and the “How-To’s” were easy to follow. Next, we perused your many acid stain Color Options, and really fell in love with the Cola and Coffee Brown combination. Now, let’s get into the meat and potatoes of how we did it.
Pick a Room
We picked a low-risk area of the house, so that if our acid staining project was a complete failure we would be able to cover it up easily. The room we chose, our master bathroom, was previously carpeted, GROSS!!!
Surface prep is everything folks!!!
- Removed carpet, carpet padding, and all the filth that comes with it. We found:
• Glue Residue (not actual carpet glue): To remove we sprayed with water, let soak for about 10 minutes and used a sanding block to remove.
• Paint: Scraped thick paint off with razor blade. We found that a belt sander with 80 grit sandpaper was the quickest way to remove thin paint, however it can be messy.
• Carpet Glue: We also used the belt sander on carpet glue as well.
- Removed tack strips, which after researching, we found out that prying is not the way to go here; instead, tapping gently allows them to release on their own.
- Start cleaning the bathroom floor…
After all the contaminants were removed from the surface, we wiped down the entire bathroom floor with Direct Colors Concrete Cleaner & Degreaser and water solution to remove any remaining residues. We protected the walls from acid stain “overspray” with contractor’s paper and painter’s tape, just like when painting.
Now for the FUN part…
Staining the Concrete Floors
After inspecting pieces of granite, I decided on an application pattern I wanted to replicate with Concrete Acid Stain. I used Coffee Brown to start with for the darker areas. I then took Cola and went around the edges of the dark areas. I then took more Cola and mixed it 1:1 with water, and used it on the outlying areas of the full concentration Cola. Finally, I diluted again with 1:2 to fill in the remaining untouched concrete areas, and allowed it to dry completely. By using this process, I was able to navigate throughout the room stepping on the untouched concrete areas.
We neutralized with baking soda and water (2 Tablespoons of baking soda per 1 Gallon of water) and applied it using a mop, and allowed the bathroom floor to dry completely. Then we used a sprayer with the same baking soda solution. We then mopped the floor several times until our the water ran clean and allowed to dry.
We sealed the bathroom floor using Direct Colors Polyurethane Concrete Sealer, Water-Based with Gloss Finish.
Surface Preparation Steps
Acid Staining a Bathroom Floor Step by Step
“Et viola! Winner of Direct Colors End of Summer Contest 2017. Thank you to Direct Colors for providing the tools and resources for us to complete a project we would have never dreamed possible with such amazing results.
The prep work is the most challenging part but well worth it in the end, we were so excited after finishing the master bathroom floor, that we have since completed our master bedroom, with plans to finish the entire house.”
Robb & Mona Black