How to Stain Your Boring Concrete Patio

How to Stain Your Boring Concrete Patio

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If your patio is looking the worse for wear, or if you just want a new look, you can stain concrete floors to give them new life. Staining concrete floors has the added benefit of allowing the surface to breathe. This prevents moisture buildup which can cause cracking and other damage. There are many patterns that you can choose from, from simple ones to complex ones.

Materials needed to stain concrete floor

To get started, you’ll need:

You might also choose to use chalk to draw out your design if you want to make something complicated, or to lay out your pattern before applying the stain. This will allow you to see how the stain will look after the pattern has been placed and will also help you plan your design.

How to apply stain to concrete floors

First, you need to prep your floor. You will need to remove any furniture or decorations from the floor and sweep up any dust and leaves. To clean the concrete, use a hose and a scrub brush to remove any stubborn dirt. After using water to clean the floor, you should allow the surface to dry for 24 hours so excess moisture doesn’t seep into your stain as it dries.

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Once your area is clean and dried, you can apply your stain. Use your paint brush to trim around cracks and edges. If you are working with a pattern, the brush can be used to create your outline or any areas that need precision. This will result in cleaner lines and less accidental stains than using a stainpad. After you have cleaned up the edges, use the stainpad to apply the color section by section.

If there are seams or areas that have been drawn, apply the stain one at a while. This will ensure that the stain is evenly applied and drys evenly. Blotchy, uneven color will result if you apply the stain to the same area more than once. This will also cause streaks and brush strokes.

Concrete absorbs paint at different rates. If the floor is not perfectly flat, any dips in the floor will accumulate slightly more stain. You may not get the exact same color from patches of concrete. A thin, even layer of stain with no drips or excess will give you the best finish. However, stained concrete allows you to see the imperfections and flaws of the concrete after it’s dried. Staining is not the right finish if you want a more solid and perfect look.

It’s okay to walk on the floor once it’s dry, but avoid scraping or moisture. You can leave your patio to dry overnight before you place furniture or enjoy your new floor. If you used chalk to line your pattern, you should let the stain dry for at least 24 hours before hosing the chalk off of the surface.

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