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hate_monet 08-05-2007 06:31 PM

concrete floor
We are opening a new business..a small restaurant bar...We have removed all the old flooring and are left with concrete...The floor is in great shape but we don't know what to do...i.e. stain and seal? or maybe a paint w/ sealant?

We are basically looking for a good idea for concrete flooring that will be in a restauranr/bar...thx in advance...

SecretSquirrel 08-05-2007 07:12 PM

See for some really innovative things they are doing with concrete these days.... like this photo. Click on it for a better view.
Oh, I almost forgot... welcome to the forum! :rockon:

clasact 08-06-2007 09:09 AM

as a former bar/resturant owner you dont care to much about the area behind the bar or open cook area since it should be covered with non slip black interlocking mats (alot better for your enployies legs then standing on concret for 8+ hours) the public area could be stained or covered ,hard to give suggestions with out knowing your taste or the look your going for but be sure it is non skid/slip resistant and easy to clean.The first for insurance reasons and the second for time and money saveings.This is the reason you see many resturants with some kind off low to mid range carpet I am sure you have already taken these into consideration but I thought it couldnt hurt to say it anyway

hate_monet 08-13-2007 03:31 PM

well we decided to just seal the concrete floor..We used some sealant but it just went into the concrete like water? lol I assume we got the wrong sealant? or we need something that will just form on top?

fierysun 08-13-2007 04:09 PM

What product did you use to seal it?

Here is a page that give you a quick guide to sealers. Hope it helps a little.

clasact 08-13-2007 04:09 PM

you might want to check with your local masonry supplier on specific sealers or stains but I do know that your basic home store carry concert sealer that is somewhat textured and skid resistant.It is a three step process but it looks real nice,cant remember the name of it right off.I don't know what you used but some that say they seal concert don't or just get sucked up like yours did now a good waterproofer is dryloc and you can get that at any home store but I wouldn't leave it on just plain.I used it on my concert floor then put carpet or tiled over it.I just wanted to help keep moisture from coming through the concert

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