DIY Your Concrete Floor
Decorative concrete floors can be expensive.
There are some DIY options that transform the basic concrete basement floor, concrete driveway, concrete garage or even your concrete patio. Staining your concrete surface can be inexpensive alternative when the homeowner puts in just a little elbow grease.
The most labor intensive part of staining your concrete is the removal of tile and/or carpet. This can be very tedious and the concrete is usually covered with adhesive and mastic. You need to be sure you are safe in removing the mastic from concrete. Many products have toxic fumes and harsh chemicals. One product we found works well with the concrete is Bean-e-doo. This product softens the mastic to such an extent that you can scrape it off the concrete with a business card.
Bean-e-doo is made with 100% American grown soybeans and is safe and odorless.
Follow this with Seal Green oil/Degreaser concrete cleaner which is environmentally friendly and has a pleasant scent. Once the mastic and adhesives are removed, the concrete needs to be primed. The concrete pores need to be opened up to allow the concrete stain to adhere. We recommend Seal Green Concrete Color system. Concrete Color stain primer is a dual purpose product designed for the preparation of concrete surfaces to receive Smith’s color floor. Initially, the cleaner and primer acts as a detergent to clean the concrete surface. Secondly, it conditions the concrete. Next is the Seal Green color stain boost concentrate, which is designed to mix with Smith’s color floor stains to enhance adhesion and seal the concrete surface.
There are many concrete colors to choose from in a variety of series.
And that’s it!! You will have a brand new concrete floor with a designer flare and the pride that comes with DIY!! Concrete truly is an investment in your home. Taking care of your concrete whether sealing a driveway or patio, cleaning your Bellattex Concrete Countertops or staining your concrete basement floor, the right products and a little elbow grease goes a long way in protecting your investment and maintaining your home.