Applying concrete stain is a cheap and effective way to transform your concrete patio into a more attractive and enjoyable space. Concrete stain comes in many colors and also helps to protect the patio from water damage. Applying concrete stain to your concrete patio is a relatively easy job; however, due to the drying time required for the stain, it will take several days to complete. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you turn your concrete slab into something more appealing and inviting:
Step 1 - Safety First
When preparing your concrete patio for staining and when applying the sealer, you should wear adequate protective gear to protect yourself. Many of the chemicals used to clean and prepare your concrete patio are dangerous and toxic and you should use a filtration mask. Always make sure to wear your safety eyeglasses and gloves when working with dangerous cleaning materials.
Step 2 - Pressure Wash the Patio
Using a pressure washer, and a non residue cleaner cleaning agent or decreasing agent, pressure wash the concrete patio to remove as much dirt, grease and as possible. After you have pressure washed the patio, use a heavy-duty brush or broom to scrub the patio and remove stubborn stains or grease spots. Finally, use a water hose to spray the patio and make sure that you rinse off all of the soap or decreasing agent. At this time, you should also thoroughly soak the shrubs and grass in the immediate area of the concrete patio. This will help protect them from the acid concrete cleaner that you'll need to apply next.
Step 3 - Clean the Patio With Acid
Using the acid based concrete cleaner, follow the mixing directions and use your heavy-duty brush to scrub the concrete patio slab. Depending on the type of acid cleaner you're using, you may be able to rinse the surface right away or you may be required to allow the acid cleaner to sit for a few minutes before rinsing. While continuing to make sure that you wear your protective gear, follow the manufacturer's instructions exactly.
Next, take your water hose and rinse the concrete patio thoroughly and also make sure to rinse any acid residue from the grass or shrubs in the area.
Step 4 – Wait Until Patio is Dry
Allow the patio surface to dry thoroughly. typically, you should allow the concrete patio to allow dry for at least 48 hours before continuing.
Step 5 - Apply the Concrete Stain
Next, pour the concrete stain into your paint tray and use your paint roller to begin applying the stain to the concrete patio. Make sure that you evenly apply the stain with the roller and make sure there are no gaps or missed spots. Allow the stain to dry for at least 24 hours before adding a second coats if needed.