Do you think your concrete floor inside your home looks boring? Do you also think also about replacing it with something else with fancier look?
If so, it seems you need to know further about acid wash concrete floors first before taking other decision since these maybe something you will love even better.
From its name, perhaps you think acid wash as a method of cleaning for concrete floor. In the simplest explanation, that is correct. However, acid wash is not as ordinary as just a way to clean any concrete floor, especially a part of home interior.
The type solution used in acid washing, which is also known as acid etching, belongs to the category of acid. Of course, not all types of acid can be used here. It is only muriatic acid that can be used in acid washing for concrete floor.
As for the result of the washing, clean concrete floor is not the only thing you will obtain. There are more advantages offered by this washing method and those are also the reasons why you should not immediately remodel your concrete interior flooring with another flooring type just because it looks boring. We will discuss about those advantages later in this post.
When discussing about acid washing designed especially for concrete floor, people often get confused because there is another thing called as acid staining. Since this method is also used for concrete floor, many think it is exactly the same method with acid washing. As a matter of fact, it is something different.
Acid staining is a method done to concrete floor so it will have non-ordinary stained look. The stained look as the result of the method makes any concrete floor to look way different than any regular floor with concrete as the main material.
If being asked about what the relation between acid washing and acid staining, certainly there is something can relate the two. Simply, the staining can be explained as a more advanced part in the steps done in acid washing.
The purpose is, as explained earlier, to create a different look on the dull concrete floor. Even the washing can be done without any staining process, still it is recommended to do because of the aesthetic benefit it offers.
About the color variations offered in the staining process, there are a lot of colors can be obtained in the end of the process, started from modern grey color to contemporary coffee color.
In order to know about this, you can consult the local dealer providing the staining solutions. This way you can get the best color suitable to your personal interior taste.
From the very beginning of this post, advantages of acid wash for concrete floor is always mentioned and this may get you curious more and more as you read the article further.
So, here are the major advantages you need to know when you acid wash the concrete floors in your living place, no matter whether it is the concrete floor in your garage, living area, or any other room in the house.
By acid staining your concrete floor, you will be able to a get a totally gorgeous and elegant interior look and even better you do not need to spend too much money on it, especially when you do the whole process on your own.
With the washing process, the floor will gain a better thermal mass ability that is related to the way it adjusts temperature when the weather is hot or cold. With this ability, you do not really need to use some appliances like air conditioner in order to make the interior temperature feels more comfortable for you and family.
Once in a while, the floor also needed to be republished in order to keep its good look. It seems there is more amount of money you can save when you choose acid wash concrete floor instead of replacing the concrete floor in your residence with any other flooring type.
The second one is the smooth uncut surface of the acid wash floor making it harder for dust to hide, which means better air inside the house is always available all the time, of course as long as you maintain the floor regularly also.
Hiring professional in doing the acid wash method may sound like a very tempting decision because you will be able to get the best result without having to go through the long and tiring washing process.
Even so, do you realize about how much money you need to prepare in order to be able to hire people to do the washing and perhaps also the staining for you?
The crucial information you need to know here is that acid wash is a method everybody can do as long as they know about the right step-by step of it. Certainly, you can also do it as long as you want to. This way, you can really safe a lot of cash since there is no need of hiring anybody in washing concrete floor by using muriatic acid.
If you are interested in doing the DIY project of concrete floor acid wash, you can follow all the steps mentioned below in sequence.
Basically, there are three important things you need to know here other than any information has been told previously in this article.
The first one is quite simple. Here you only need to use safety gloves in doing the whole process so you can avoid being exposed to the acid solution that may be harmful for your skin. If wanted, you can also wear safety glasses while doing the project.
Other important stuff to remember is related to acid staining. Many people think the staining process can be done directly to untreated concrete floor and the beautiful result it gives also makes people want to jump directly to the staining process. The question then is; can this really be done so?
Factually, acid staining is a method cannot be done without you doing the acid washing first. The washing is very helpful in guarantying the result of the staining. Therefore, whenever you want to give any beautiful stains to your concrete flooring, you need to remember doing all steps of the concrete floor acid washing first.
The next important thing to know is as factually asked by many people who are interested in doing acid washing and staining. It is about the surface roughness of the floor after the two methods are done. Many people wonder about whether or not the methods can reduce the smoothness of the concrete flooring in the end of the process.
The answer of the question is yes. Depending on the amount and strength of muriatic acid used during the washing process and also about how long the acid left before being washed away by using clean water, the smoothness of the flooring finish may change.
When the amount of muriatic acid used during the process is too much, there is a big possibility for the flooring surface to be rougher than before. The same thing is also applied when the acid is left for too long without being washed by clean water.
If you remember the basic characteristic of acid, it has the ability to ‘eat’ some types of material, including concrete. This is the reason why the flooring surface can be rougher when the acid is left on it for too long.
In other words, time management is rather important here. Before starting the whole process, it is important for you to think about anything thoroughly so every step needed to be done can be done rightly with the right timing too.
The last but not least important thing to remember is related to the waste resulted from the whole washing and staining process. As you can see, acid may be a substance harmful to the environment and of course you cannot dump the waste in any way you like it.
If you do it wrongly, there is a chance for you to have business with local fine and penalty and you certainly do not want this. Therefore, before doing the DIY project, it seems better for you to find out further about local regulation related to disposing acid waste.
Good luck in trying the acid wash and stain method and make your home interior looks even better than it was!