The word "concrete" has made an ugly and unfavourable connotation, as it is linked with sidewalks and other dull and gray walkways. They are usually only used on a house's driveway, parking lot, patios, and other parts that are not found inside the house. Designers wouldn't recommend the use of concrete to decorate a home, as it is believed to counteract the balance and harmony with its monotonous color and boring appearance.
Fortunately, people can now have the option of beautifying a home by using etched concrete with particular acid stains made especially to decorate them. The etched concrete can be used to decorate countertops, kitchen floors and tables, or even your own bedrooms. If you previously have concrete slabs inside your house, before staining it with acid, you would have to make it an etched concrete first. These are ways on how to make a stained and etched concrete:
The first thing you need to do is to clean the area thoroughly. Remove oils, greases, and other spills from the concrete, making it clean as much as possible. After that, select a particular etching product. Use a pump sprayer to spray the product directly to your concrete, then allow it settle for about 30 minutes. Make sure that you put on your gloves and other masks when working with the acid.
After making sure that you have carefully let the product settle, use a stiff brush to brush the surface along, allowing the etching product to attach itself more on the concrete. Do not let the etching product dry on the concrete by brushing it continuously and spreading it all over the concrete. Before it dries up completely, rinse the etching products with any high pressure gadgets like garden hose or a pressure washer. Make sure that all the excess products are rinsed completely before letting the concrete dry for 48-72 hours.
Now that you already have an etched concrete, it is now time to stain it. For staining purposes, carefully spray a non-acidic stain onto your concrete. It is best to use a sprayer that you can easily control, so as to be able to spread the stain thoroughly and distribute it to the rest of the concrete. Be sure that you spray the stain in long, straight lines to achieve even coverage. Let the first coating dry for at least 12-24 hours before applying a second coating. After you have applied the second coating, allow it to dry for another 12-24 hrs.
After letting the stain and the etch cover the concrete, it is best to use a sealant. Pour the sealant into a paint pan or paint tub. It is best to use stiff brushes or other rolling brushes to coat the concrete and achieve even coverage. Like the sprayer, paint the concrete in long, straight lines starting from the farthest corner up to the door to prevent painting yourself or messing the finished paint. Let it dry for at least 6-12 hours before applying a second coating. Allow for the sealer to dry for a day before you can actually walk on it.