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Before you undertake the project of removing old carpet or tile or if you have a very old residence, be aware your concrete stain can be affected by a number of factors. Please read this material thoroughly before deciding whether or not this is the course of action you want to take. In some situations, you may find that staining is not the best option for your floor.
Carpet tack strips leave divots that will create a rustic look in your floor. If this is not the effect you want, consider something else besides concrete staining!
Glues and adhesives must be thoroughly removed before staining. You can do this yourself or hire someone to prepare the floor. We do not provide this service. Be aware that this is a messy, labor intensive job.
If you want to do your own preparation:
Purchase a razor edge tile bar from the hardware store.
Purchase tile adhesive remover from a hardware store.
Paint overspray can really be a problem and difficult, if not impossible to remove. It must be removed completely if the stain is going to penetrate. In kitchens, many cabinets have been sprayed with clear sealers. These seal ers may not be evident until you begin to stain the floor. The stain will not penetrate into the concrete. THIS MUST BE
Removing the tile damages the float surface of the concrete. NOT RECOMMENDED
Very Old Residences
The stain reacts to the minerals in the floor. Old concrete has leeched most of these salts from the surface, creating a much more muted effect on the finished floor. You might want to contact us for other floor options.
Porches, sidewalks and pool surroundings are good stain possibilities. The finished look is more of a sandstone appearance due to the rougher concrete surface. The colors will vary depending on the age of the concrete an d other factors.
Overlays on existing slabs
This is a good option for concrete surfaces that will not accept the stain. However, the look will not be the same as a new pour.
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