Staining concrete can be one of the most economical and easiest ways to increase concrete’s aesthetic value. It can be used to change the color of the concrete and add a multitude of different textures and patterns. Concrete staining is also a process that can be undertaken by anyone with a little patience and planning. Today, I am going to show you the steps you’ll need to take in order to know how to apply concrete stain.
Step One: Clean the concrete
You want to make sure that the concrete is clean and free of all debris. Make sure that you pick up any loose stones, twigs or leaves that may be on its surface. You might also want to consider using a power washer on the concrete to make sure that it is clean and free of all dirt or sand. If you power wash the concrete, then make sure that you allow it adequate time to dry before you proceed.
Step Two: Preparation of the surrounding area
Make sure that the surrounding area is well protected with plastic sheeting. This is to prevent the accidental staining of other surfaces around or adjacent to the area that you are going to stain.
Step Three: Choose your tools
There are a variety of different ways to apply stain to concrete. You can use a commercial sprayer, roller, mop or brush. Each of these tools will apply the stain in a slightly different way, so you should familiarize yourself with all of them to make sure that you create the effect that you want. A roller will produce a thinner coat of stain than a brush, which will produce a deeper, thicker coat. After you stain the concrete allow it adequate time to dry before moving on to step four.
Step Four: Apply additional coats
Now is the time to apply any additional coats. The more coats that you use on the concrete, the darker the color will be. Add as many coats as you wish to make the color the darkness that you want it to be.
Step Five: Remove the residue
Concrete stains often produce a residue after they have cured. This can be accomplished by using the recommendations of the manufacturer that is listed on the side of the product. A common way to remove this residue is to make a paste using water and baking soda. This is then poured over the concrete and brushed off. This will remove most of the residue, but if it doesn’t you can use a damp rag to remove the rest.
Step Six: Use a sealant
The final step in staining concrete is to seal it. There are a variety of different sealants on the market and they can be applied using a commercial sprayer, a brush or a roller. This important final step will ensure the longevity of your concrete stain and keep it looking its best.
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