Acid stained concrete is a form of decorative concrete finish that has gained some popularity all over the world because of its attractive colors and designs. The concept behind this decorative concrete is to apply an acid mixture into a concrete slab and allow the mixture to interact with the lime in the concrete. A few hours is all it needs for the stain to work its magic and you will have a unique design on your floor.
While the mixing of the chemicals and acid need to be done with care and so with the application on the concrete, there is little complication when it comes to mixing it and applying it. There are a lot of do-it-yourself kits that can enable a home owner to change the appearance of his or her flooring very easily. The following are some tips and advice for the mixing and application.
One of the best tips that can be given regarding do-it-yourself acid stained concrete is to always read the labels and instructions twice or even multiple times before proceeding. If you have any doubts about the instructions, consult another individual or ask someone whom you think may know about it. You will be dealing with chemicals and acid in this procedure so it is best to make sure that the instructions and procedure is well understood. Many of the do-it-yourself kits will tell the owner to prepare materials, tools and supplies that are acid-resistant or those that will not be affected by the chemicals in the kit. Many, if not all kits, will supply the necessary tools and materials which will not be affected by the acid. Despite this, it is always a good idea to have some extra supplies just in case.
The success of the acid staining concrete procedure will be dependent on a lot of factors. One of the primary factors is the cleanliness of the concrete slab. It should be unscrupulously clean before the acid mixture can be applied. Newer concrete will stain better compared to older concrete slabs and it is always a good idea to let your concreter know of your intention to stain the concrete; so he will be careful with regards the pouring and mixing of the concrete. Always bear in mind that the staining will be random and the results may not be as expected, most of the times.