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Video:How to Stain Concrete

with JJ Burkart

Use concrete stain to transform a dull, gray floor into a vibrant, colorful living space.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Stain Concrete

Hi, Im JJ Burkart for About.com. I'm going to show you how to transform your dull gray concrete into a beautiful colorful floor with concrete stain.

You Will Need:

  • A Broom
  • A Mop and Bucket
  • Concrete Etching Solution
  • A Push Broom or Squeegee
  • A Hard-Bristled Brush
  • Concrete Stain and Stir Stick
  • A Pump Sprayer
  • Safety Glasses

Clear and Clean the Concrete

The first thing to do is to clear your surface. I have moved all of the furniture and other items to one side of my basement. Next you need to completely clean the concrete. Start by sweeping up any loose debris. Next, mop the floor with water and be sure to change the water frequently.

Apply the Concrete Etching Solution

Once the floor is dry, we need to apply the concrete etching solution. This deep cleans the concrete and opens up pores for the stain to penetrate. Pour the solution across the entire surface. Use the push broom or squeegee to spread the solution evenly. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes.

Scrub the Concrete

Then, take the hard bristled brush and scrub the concrete vigorously. , When you are finished scrubbing, mop of the solution with water. Make sure to mop up all remnants of the etching solution. Allow the floor to dry completely.

Stain the Concrete

Now we are ready to stain. Concrete stain can be found at your local home improvement store and comes in a variety of colors. The stain comes as a solid color or semi-transparent. For my floor, I am using a blue, semi-transparent stain. Stir the stain thoroughly. Carefully pour the stain into the pump sprayer. Pump the handle to create pressure. Now, spray the stain evenly across your floor. Wait for the floor to dry and voila, you’ve turned a gray, lifeless basement into a vibrant living space.

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