Lots of issues - before staining concrete
I myself took on a project like this last year. It turned out wonderfully, AFTER much prep. Old carpet and pad removed well. Glue did not. Required acetone scrubbing and a floor machine in places. Don't use a grinder unless you want to see the marks. It was tedious and didn't come out perfectly, but it is so nice looking and is only an additional TV/living space/man cave, so we didn't care. Our dilemma was flooding from a clogged downspout in torrential downpours last April. The carpet was ruined, but luckily after pumping all the water out, the basement wasn't moldy and the cedar paneling below the chair rail was unscathed. After the prep, I used an acid stain I found online and there are so many color choices. You want one that actually REACTS with the concrete, so do your homework!! Many are just like paint and can chip. This kind will not do that. The website shows examples and the distributor actually does this for a living. They were extra helpful, too!! you will need a 2 gallon pump sprayer with NO metal parts. (less than $30.00). You will need a shop vac after rinsing after the reaction process. Fans to dry. microfiber mop to apply sealant, then you wax it with as many coats as you want for sheen. We placed a nice piece of carpet seamed on the edges for warmth and ouila!! new shiny brown/copper/concrete floor! I plan on doing my outdoor covered patio in the spring. Hope this helps!!
Last edited by teepee105; 11-20-2011 at 10:53 AM.
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