I am installing a new slab in my basement- I dropped the floor to get more headroom, waterproofed, and am putting in radiant heat inside the new slab. The basement will now be living space, as opposed to a cellar. My contractor is going to leave the slab as plain.
As I want a nice new floor for living space, I don't want to just leave it be. I won't cover it up either because of the radiant heat system. So I was thinking about finishing the floor by polishing. Can this be done DIY or is it strictly for professionals (i.e., will I ruin the floor)? I also heard about acid staining the floor, but don't know much about it. The floor will be ready in about 6 weeks, so I have time to go over my options... What are the pros/cons to each technique? Are these DIY? Will they interfere with the radiant system? Cost is a concern...
If by "polishing", you mean grindign and exposing stone, I would opt for staining.
The equipment ot grind floors is extremly specialized & expensive, as well as the commodities that you will wear through in grinding the entire floor. I can't think of where you would be able to rent this equipment either, and at what cost.
Staining the floor is much easier IMO. I do alot of acid staining, but many of the professional suppliers may not sell to a DIY'er. I can't say for sure. If that's the case, there are many reactive, water-bourne stains that are far safer to handle and work with that may be easier for a DIY'er to get a hold of. Butterfield is my supplier of choice: