Stained concrete floors are one of the most beautiful and elegant looks for a business or home. The process behind stained concrete floors is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Skilled concrete floor specialists create beautiful flooring by combining the craftsmanship of an artist with engineering precision in a perfect balance. But when things go wrong somewhere along the process, the results can be anything but beautiful.
At ACT Restoration in Brooklyn, our flooring specialists are skilled at correcting staining projects that go wrong. In this post, we discuss some of the most common staining projects fails and how we use our expertise to turn them into stunning concrete floors.
The Science Behind Floor Staining
It’s a common misconception that concrete floor staining is a matter of simply preparing the floor and applying a stain. In fact, there are a number of factors that must be considered throughout the preparation and application process. Chemical stains, blotches, flaws, and other environmental factors can all interfere with the final result.
It’s important to identify any variables that could interfere with the staining process and cause an uneven or problematic application and finish. A skilled concrete staining application team will be able to anticipate any variables and take measures to correct any problems that might come up.
Here are a few of the most common problems that can result in concrete floor stain fails:
1. Uneven Staining
When layers of staining are applied or end up curing unevenly, you can end up with discolorations. In some cases, a floor may appear streaked or even blotchy in some areas. This is due to a lack of understanding of the relationship between layers of stain applications and the final product. A common issue among non-professional stain applications, uneven staining is actually easily corrected with the help of a professional concrete staining team.
2. Damaged Appearance
There are a number of factors that can lead to damaged staining. One of the most common is a failure to properly seal the concrete stain upon initial application. In some cases, we’ll see issues due to an excess of stain on the concrete when the sealant is applied. Residue from the stain can interact with the sealant if not applied properly, interfering with the final result.
3. Character Marks or Flaws
Flaws in the surface, also sometimes referred to as character marks, can either be natural flaws in the flooring surface or they can be caused by damage. These types of surface issues can have an unfortunate effect on the final product once a stain is applied if corrections are not made as needed during the process. Some of the most common surface flaws include residue from tape or patching materials, sealers, and paint.
Contact our Twin Cities Concrete Flooring Specialists
If you’ve got concrete floors that have been improperly stained in the past, don’t write them off as a lost cause. In most cases, it’s simply a matter of understanding the reason for the initial failure and approaching the flooring with a professional’s touch.
We can strip the problem stain and give you the beautiful concrete floors you’ve been dreaming of. We offer polishing, densifying, sealing, and more for perfect floors every time. Don’t settle for less than the best. Call our concrete floor staining professionals at 612-750-5360, or contact us to discuss your flooring concerns.