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How do concrete stains actually work?

stain How do concrete stains actually work? Stained Concrete

How Concrete Acid Stains Work

Stained concrete floors are very beautiful, and the color lasts forever. Because it is not a paint or a covering, it doesn’t chip off the floor. This type of stain contains phosphoric acid or mild hydrochloric acid. It also contains an inorganic metal salt. The acids open the pores in the concrete, and then the salts react with the chemicals in the concrete to produce color. Depending on the age and porousness of the concrete, the salts are absorbed in varying degrees and produce different shades of color. The finish looks more like marble than a uniform painted finish, and no two floors ever come out the same.

After the floor is cleaned and stained, we wash it with an ammonia solution to clean up the residue left by the acid. Then it is washed again with plain water at least twice. Not only is there an array of colors to choose from, but you can actually paint a masterpiece on your floor with acid stains.

Water Based Concrete Stain

Maintenance on these floors is as easy and dusting and damp moping once in a while. The water-based stains are said to be the more environmentally friendly stains for concrete. The down side is there are not as many colors to choose from, and they are not quite as translucent as the acid stains. However, once they are sealed, they have a very close resemblance to the acid stain finish.The water-based stains are non-acid polymer stains. They also penetrate the concrete to make a permanent finish to the floor. With this type of stain, there is no need for the ammonia solution when you are finished staining; you just wash with warm water and you’re done.

If you live in or around Northwest Arkansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Missouri, please be sure to give Harmon Concrete a call. You can schedule a bid right online and right around your schedule.

Harmon Concrete is the premier concrete company for all of Northwest Arkansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Missouri. Harmon Concrete has been staining concrete for both the residential and commercial customer since 1985. If you would like to receive a free estimate for staining your concrete floor, be sure to give us a call at (479) 270-5000 or (800) 680-6395.

As an added convenience, we also have an online bid request form. Simply fill out a small form, enter the date and time most convenient for you and click submit. Harmon Concrete will show up at your requested time and give you a 100% free estimate.

Be sure to have a look at our stained concrete image gallery if you’re looking for ideas on staining your concrete.

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