Achieve Better Results When Using Concrete Stain!
When staining concrete, or when applying any decorative concrete product for that matter, cleaning and preparing the concrete is all important. If the concrete has not been adequately cleaned and prepared, then inferior results will ensue. If you were to look at concrete under a microscope you would see that it looks like a sponge. Though it appears to be a smooth surface to the eye, it is actually very porous. The need to clean the surface is obvious and fairly easy, it's what stays trapped in the pores that will work against you.
Concrete acid stain which is by far the best concrete staining product, works by penetrating the concrete surface and pores, and reacting chemically with the cement and minerals within. Thereby permanently changing the surface color. Acrylic concrete stain or other types of topical stains, which are similar to paints, still need as clean of a surface with as clean of pores as they can get, to grab on. Without clean pores, no type of stain can work or perform as well.
Even when staining new concrete, oils, glues, curing agents, and other undesirables can be found. Many times you do not even realize that they are present, until after you have stained the concrete. Then you definitely know where your oils and trouble spots are, because acid stain simply will not take as well in those areas or spots, if at all, and acrylic stain or topical stains will not stick as well as they need to, leading to premature failure. Trouble spots can be caused by many different foreign substances, and once you've stained the concrete, it's a little late to go back to the cleaning stage.
That's why Concrete Stain Prep TM was developed. The latest product by Concrete Camouflage, it is sure to revolutionize the concrete stain industry. Concrete Stain Prep TM is a concentrate formula that you mix with water. It deep cleans the concrete. Getting into the pores and lifting oils, dirt, and grime, as well as stripping contaminants. It leaves the concrete and it's pores squeaky clean and ready to stain. Why not just acid wash the concrete? Acid washing the surface greatly diminishes the effects of concrete stain and should definitely be stayed away from, along with cleaners that contain heavy alkali's. And besides, acid washing will simply not work on many substances. Until now there has not been a good material to clean and prepare concrete adequately, especially one that works as easily, as thoroughly, or as economically as Concrete Camouflage's, new Concrete Stain Prep TM also known as CSP TM.
Well that's good for newer concrete, or concrete that just needs a good cleaning, but what about older concrete or concrete that has been covered with glues, paints, resin based curing agents, sealers, or muck? Again, Concrete Stain Prep TM is the answer. It has been formulated to mix 40 parts water to 1 part CSP when general or light duty cleaning, 20 parts water to 1 part CSP for medium duty cleaning, and 10 parts water to 1 part CSP when heavy duty cleaning and/or stripping. You can also use CSP straight if needed, but beware, it will soften or melt rubber tires when used straight. If that doesn't remove whatever is plaguing your concrete and standing in the way of a beautiful stain job, then nothing will. Additionally, with the fact that it cleans deep into the pores, it has been reported by some that it may not even be necessary to sand the floor after removing gobs of glue when using CSP, which has traditionally been a must. Even if you were to still have to sand the floor, it shouldn't take much.
So how about other decorative concrete needs, or even plain concrete? Concrete Stain Prep TM is excellent for any situation where you need to get the concrete as clean as possible. Such as when you need to clean and prep concrete to use a concrete overlay or concrete resurfacing product, or for just cleaning plain concrete to restore the new and clean look. It's also very useful for removing tire marks from plain concrete, and it isn't abrasive or harsh on the concrete as you might expect.
|Achieve Better Results When Using Concrete Stain!
By David S. King
|About the Author. David S. King is not only a veteran writer but also a veteran within the Decorative Concrete Industry itself, having taught and helped countless individuals and contractors alike, you can find David hard at work writing, and researchin