Can acid-stained concrete really be polished out? Yes, acid-stained concrete can be polished out. Just make sure that you are dealing with an acid stain and not a dark or black compound stain. Also, keep in mind that a deep penetrating deep grind will take away some of the cement because the acid stain doesn’t penetrate all the way into the concrete.
A compound bleaching solution can be used for acid staining. It is a powder that can be mixed with water. The mixing of the two will create a paste-like substance. You would apply the coloring to the affected area and then use a hard bristle brush to scrub it off and reveal a fresh and brand new-looking surface. This is one of the easiest ways to get the desired color change. You should only do this on acid-stained concrete surfaces that are heavily damaged or have some sort of infection.
When dealing with acid-stained concrete floors, you have to be careful. Some people unknowingly damage the floor when they try to take off the coloring. You shouldn’t scrub too hard as you could damage the floor even further. Just take your time and be careful.
Other choices for acid-stained concrete floors are to either uses a wax product that is specifically made for this type of flooring or a penetrating sealer. Both products can be found at home improvement stores. If you are going to use a wax product then make sure that it is made specifically for acid stains or an epoxy base. Some of these products also work great on concrete basement floors because of their ability to prevent mildew. If you are going to choose a penetrating sealer then make sure that you choose one that is made specifically to repair or protect concrete floors.
The amount of time that it takes to properly treat acid-stained concrete floors depends on several factors. The first being the degree of color that is on the surface. The deeper the color, the longer it will take to get the surface ready for staining. The next factor that will affect the time needed is how bad the stain actually is. If you have very light stubborn stains then you may not have much of a problem, but if you have deeper pockets of unsightly dark marks then you might find that it takes quite some time.
Many acid-stained concrete stains are just basically oxidized paint. These are the kind that you can easily clean by using soap and water and a sponge or rag. Make sure to let the staining agent dry completely before you apply another coat of stain. Acid Stained Concrete contracting services or flooring stores will be able to give you a recommendation for a good cleaning agent.
Other options that you have for dealing with acid stain are to neutralize them. You can neutralize them by either applying a neutralizing stain product to the surface or by applying a neutralizing polyethylene sheet to cover and neutralize the acid stain. Both of these products should be applied before staining. You will want to make sure that they properly cover all of the acid stains.
Another option for dealing with acid-stained concrete is to cover them up. One way to neutralize acidic stains is to cover them up using a thick acrylic coating. This coating can act as a barrier to keep the liquid or vapor from rising to the surface below. Another way is to coat the area with a metallic salt mixture. The metallic salts will react with the acid on the surface and form a barrier that keeps liquids and vapor at a minimum.