Concrete staining is a great technique that you can offer as a concrete professional. With stained concrete floors, you can give your clients different options when it comes to their flooring needs. With its many benefits such as being cost-effective, highly durable, and easy to maintain, your customers can’t say no to any of the concrete flooring techniques you can offer.
There are five popular concrete application techniques that you can master and offer as a concrete staining company. Let us look at these popular stain application styles.
1. Application with Plain Nap Roller
Simple stain application is done by using a nap roller. The surface is covered with the chosen stain color with a nap roller. Before staining the surface, make sure to cover its bases and edge first. A brush is used to completely cover the edges of the surface area. A simple staining technique must be done twice. Make sure that the first coat is completely dry before applying the second application. Use a sealer to increase the shelf-life of your client’s newly stained concrete.
2. ... Nap Roller Plus a Pre-made Stencil
If your client wants simple yet not boring plain, stained concrete, you can still give them polished concrete with stenciled polishing. With this technique, you can stick the stenciled pattern or design your client wants to your nap roller. Use it to stain their concrete floor. Let it dry. Run your nap roller again to give it a more vibrant color.
3. ... Plain Nap Roller Plus Mist
This staining technique is also known as ‘misting’. You have to do the basic staining technique first with the use of a nap roller. Once you are okay with the stained concrete floors’ result, you can use a sprayer to add a layer of a different color. Misting should be done lightly to avoid covering the base of the polished concrete. If you want to add another color of mist, do so once the first misting is completely dry.
4. ... Plain Nap Roller Plus Sponge
Just like any concrete stained floors, you should apply the base color first with a nap roller. Once dried, you can apply the second stain with the use of a sponge. You can also use a rag depending on your personal preference. You can do this if you want to create a special pattern and you need a steady hand to apply the color. Say you want to make a letter pattern; you can easily form it with a sponge.
If your client wants two or more colors on their stained concrete floors, you can use a blending technique to make it. With a sprayer, you can apply different colors one after the other. This is used if you want to give your client’s floor a marble-like look. It works by spraying one color first, then spraying the second color next to it. Do it alternately while allowing each color to overlap a little. Leave it to dry. Apply a sealant to improve the longevity of the stained concrete floors.
Before & After Applying Staining Application Techniques
Regardless if it is a reapplication or a new project, you have to clean the surface first before applying any of the application techniques above. Use a mechanical grind to ensure that the surface is even and smooth. An uneven surface becomes visible after staining. There are commercially formulated chemicals that can be used to ensure that the surface is totally smooth.
Before applying any dye or stain, make sure to cover the walls, frames, doors, and other parts of the place that’s not supposed to get stained. Also, after each staining, wait for it to dry completely before applying the second layer or before adding another application technique (eg with a sponge or mist sprayer).
What most DIY videos won’t tell you is that you need to rinse your stained concrete floors after staining. Wash it with clean water. Wait until the water runs clear. Use baking ammonia or baking soda to neutralize the stain. Remove or loosen any deposit with a broom or stick to keep the surface smooth and even.
Once you are satisfied with your newly polished concrete, add sealant or protective coat. It will give your stained concrete floors longer shelf life. With a protective sealer, minimal maintenance like sweeping is needed to keep the polished concrete shiny and looking new.
As a concrete staining company, you must give your clients the best options when it comes to their concrete staining needs. You must deliver the best result as well.
About the author
Adrian Cruz, the owner of Columbus Concrete Co. and an expert in the industry with decades of experience, shares his knowledge on concrete constructions and more. With a passion for the industry, Adrian Cruz shares his knowledge with other professionals and homeowners across the internet about commercial and residential concrete construction services.