Staining concrete flooring - questions on cleanup and relief cuts
I've been trying to figure out what to do in my basement....it's very dry and it's a walkout that walks out and then down hill (little to no chance of ever flooding). My choices are just throw down pad and carpet (like I said it's dry), put down dricore + wood, or stain the concrete.
Here are my questions about staining. In this post: Cleaning concrete for staining the poster mentioned that PVC cement/glue will sometimes stain the cement and show up after staining. All my plumbing is PVC with the purple glue so I'm sure some has dripped. Is there any way around that or will it jsut show up when it happens?
Also what about concrete staining when you have the "stress relief" cuts in the basement. I have one that goes from side to side (splits the basement in half) and then two that go front to back (in line with the floor joist and splits the basement into thirds). So in total my basement looks like its six big sheets of concrete. What do you do about those if you want to stain? Just leave a gap or try to fill them in? The floor is almost perfectly flat so I'd hate to ruin that by trying to fill in the gaps (which I don't think I even should do). But on the flip side won't it look goofy with cracks on a nice stained and sealed floor?
better ask your questions on http://www.decorativeconcreteforums.com/forum.php than here but i'll help a little bit,,, usually we run some zec pads over the stains IF the owner hasn't been picky about how workmen treat his ' canvas ',,, sometimes we'll have to touch up by hand after staining.
those aren't crks - they're contraction jnts which prevent the conc from crking randomly as it transforms from liquid plastic into solid.