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How to Acid Stain a Concrete Floor

Are you a DIY home project star who wants to learn how to acid stain concrete floors? Staining concrete is a great way to add an elegant look to your home. Stained concrete would look great in counter tops, patio or your garage. You can automatically improve how your home looks with acid stain concrete.

How to Acid Stain Concrete Floor | Concrete Stain

If you’re moving in a new house or just want to have an improvement in your patio, stained concrete floors make a great home improvement idea. You don’t really have to hire professionals to do it too. If you have the right tools and about half a day to work on it, you can achieve the look that you want.

I sometimes get bored of looking at my concrete floor. That’s why when I came across the idea of concrete stain, I just had to find out how to do it. I just love the way it looks and adds a touch of elegance in my home. So if you want to know how to acid stain concrete, follow these steps!



Materials and supplies to acid stain concrete floors:

  •  acid stain
  • water with mild detergent
  • acrylic concrete stain
  • epoxy concrete sealer
  • baking soda
  • painter’s tape
  • masking paper
  • safety glasses
  • rubber gloves
  • wed or dry vacuum
  • floor polisher or mop
  • hand brush
  • scraper
  • pump sprayer
  • broom
  • paint roller with extension handle



Step 1

Prepare the area where you’ll be applying the acid stain. Cover the walls and any surface you won’t be staining with masking paper using painter’s tape.


Step 2


Prepare the floor you’re going to stain. Remove all the dirt by using a water and mild detergent mixture. You can either use a floor polisher or a mop and suck up all excess water with your vacuum.


Step 3

Make sure that the floor is completely clean. Using your brush and scraper, remove any debris and paint splatter.


Step 4


Before you start staining, mop the surface again with clean water this time to ensure there won’t be any remaining soap. Let it dry.


Step 5

Now to apply the acid stain! Put the acid in your pump sprayer and apply it to the floor in a circular motion. After applying the acid, sweep it with a broom to ensure that the acid will be spread evenly. Once you’ve covered the entire area, let it dry for about four hours or until it’s completely dry.


Step 6

Once it’s dry, you can start to neutralize the acid and clean it up. Wash it with a baking soda and water mixture using you mop. For any excess water, use your vacuum to suck it up. Repeat this one more time to ensure that all the acid has been rinsed.


Step 7


Prepare your acrylic concrete stain by diluting it with 50% of water. Apply it to the floor area using the ragging technique. (Take a rag, dip it and apply it in a circular motion.) Let it dry.


Step 8

To protect the stain, apply your mixed epoxy concrete sealer. This will make the stained concrete shine and create the elegant effect you’re aiming for. Let it dry.


And you’re done! Now you don’t have to wonder how they make those lovely stained floors. Do this for your patio, garage or wherever you feel like adding a touch of elegance in the home. It wasn’t that hard, was it? It just really takes a lot of time on letting everything dry first. Try it over the weekend!


If you’d like to watch how to acid stain concrete floors, watch this video tutorial from Concrete Planet:



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