How Do I Stain Old Concrete Floors?

Staining old concrete floors requires you to follow only a few basic, easy to manage steps. Find out how to stain old concrete floors with help from an experienced building manager in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Dustan Balkcom. I'm the building manager here at The Living Light Community Center. Today, we're going to be talking about how to stain old concrete floors. This is a great way to give your old concrete floor a face lift, make it look great. So what we're going to do is walk through a few steps here so let's check it out. Okay, once you've swept and mopped the area that you're going to be staining, you want to make sure you use an etching agent that's going to chemically prepare the floor for the stain. So you can pick that up from your local hardware store or talk to them, they'll give you the best recommendation for that. You want to mix this with, in your mop bucket with the manufacturer's recommendations and then you're just going to use a regular cotton nap mop to apply, let it sit for about 30 minutes or so or until it's dry and then you'll be ready to actually stain the floor. Alright once you've chosen the stain, the color that you want and you've picked that up, what you're going to want to use is you're going to use a regular paint tray. You're going to be using a medium nap roller here on a roller frame and then again you want to make sure you're using an extension pole. This will save your back a lot when you're working on floors. The same principles apply to staining a floor as they do to painting a wall, for the most part, except you don't have to worry quite as much about the drips. You can let things kind of spill on the floor as long as you evenly roll them out in the end. You're just going to kind of roll in a back and forth pattern covering the area thoroughly and allow the stain to absorb into the concrete. If you feel like you want it to be a little bit darker, you can always apply a second coat. That will bring the tint of the stain up a few notches and make it darker. Okay a couple things that are important to remember here, make sure you get your floor cleaned properly. This way everything is going to set, it's going to take real nice and it's going to have a really nice look to it. If you don't, then you're dealing with inconsistencies in your stain. We don't want that. So remember, prep it up nice. Your floor will look great. Again Dustan here with The Living Light Community Center, building manager. Hey, have a great day.


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