A Guide to Staining Concrete in Your Home – A Guest Post!

When it comes to flooring, there are so many options these days! Carpet? Tile? Laminate? Wood? What’s your preference?

How about…concrete?

Oh, now you’re thinking outside. Well, maybe. But what about inside? Would you be okay with having concrete floors in your home?

If you had asked me that question several weeks ago, I would have frowned. NOPE! I do NOT want concrete floors INside my house, are you kidding me?

But then the folks at KSI Kitchens sent me some valuable information to share with all of you, and I started picturing different spaces in my home with concrete floors! Check out what they had to say…and show!

Concrete is usually celebrated for its durability more than it is for its looks. While some people may find beauty in gray concrete, most homeowners are less than excited about plain concrete floors in their house. Fortunately, concrete can be given a complete makeover with an acid or acrylic stain. It’s a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too scenario: you get to keep the durability of the material while also improving its aesthetic appeal.

If you’re thinking about staining a concrete floor in your home, you’ll most likely want to work with a professional. It is possible to stain your own concrete floor, but there’s a lot of room for error—too little stain will leave the original color showing through, and an overzealous application can easily leave you with roller lines and mop swirls permanently etched into the floor.

Of course, just because you’re hiring a professional doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the process. Here’s what you need to know about what your contractor will be doing every step of the way.

First, it’s up to you to…

Choose a Space



Prepping the Surface


Just as a wood stain still allows you to see the grain and whorls in the material, a concrete stain will still leave any cracks and discolored patches visible. Because of this, your professional will need to thoroughly clean the floor first to identify any potential issues. If there are cracks, your contractor may need to patch them (unless you want to leave them to add character to the floor), and if there are discolored areas, you may need to select a stain that will disguise them as much as possible.

Selecting the Stain

The first thing you need to decide is whether you want to use an acid or acrylic stain. Acid will do a better job of hiding imperfections in the floor, but it’s only available in eight colors (although those colors can be blended to get new ones). Acrylic is more likely to emphasize imperfections, but it’s safer to apply because it’s water-based, and it also comes in a wider variety of colors. Whichever type of stain you choose, you can always choose more than one color in order to create different patterns and textures (you can even mimic the look of a marble floor if you want).

Applying the Stain


Your contractor should test the stain on a small patch first since stains react differently to every surface. If you like the color, the contractor will most likely apply it to the entire floor using a plastic pump sprayer and either a mop or a roller brush. He or she will use a natural scrubbing pattern to avoid leaving obvious marks from the mop or roller.

Neutralizing the Stain


If you’re working with an acid stain, your contractor will need to neutralize it in order to allow the sealant (which will be applied in the next step) to properly adhere. The stain can be neutralized by filling a clean plastic pump sprayer with one part ammonia, four parts water and spraying the entire floor. Afterwards, he or she will allow the floor to dry and then remove any residue with a vacuum.

Sealing the Stain


If you don’t want your concrete floor to show obvious signs of wear, sealing the stain is a must. To start the sealing process, your contractor will use a densifier to penetrate the surface and increase the material’s abrasion resistance. Then, he or she will apply a stain guard to prevent staining and add extra shine to the floor. All in all, this will give you a long-lasting, easy-to-maintain floor.

Find an even more in-depth guide to staining your concrete floor from the kitchen design team at KSI Kitchens, and don’t forget to ask your contractor to see previous floors that they’ve stained so that you can be sure you’ll get the look that you want.

Thanks a bunch to KSI Kitchens for that info – LOVE the shine on those stained concrete floors in the last photo! WOW!!! (And you really should go check out their website by CLICKING HERE! They have some absolutely gorgeous galleries and design options that anyone would love to have in their kitchen!)

So, let me ask you the question again: would you be okay with having concrete floors in your home?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me atKristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

40 thoughts on “A Guide to Staining Concrete in Your Home – A Guest Post!

  1. I think concrete floors are way cool! 🙂 I’ve also seen concrete counter tops that are beautiful! I would love to have concrete if I lived in a loft or a more modern home.

  2. I have never seen a house with concrete floors, but honestly they would get too cold in the winter, so that is probably why no one here in New England has them. Maybe if I lived in a warmer climate.

  3. Concrete floor really goes cold in the winters and is advisable only if your place is not hit by severe cold. But thanks for sharing this information. It can be helpful for many readers. !

  4. I love the final look of the stained concrete floors… for some reason though, I feel like the concrete will be cold. I wonder if this is a myth.. however durability and long lasting floors definitely is appealing.

  5. This is a really different perspective for someone who has never remodeled a home or anything, as we don’t own it (yet). Thanks for the informative post and helpful information.

  6. I guess I’m in the minority who thinks concrete floors are awesome. Especially in the kitchen. It’s definitely an option I’ll consider for next time I renovate.

  7. I wanted to stain my back porch before I painted it,… but, it would have been too much work gettting it ready to stain. I do like the look of stain much better than paint though.

  8. I do love the look but they are not for me. We have tile in our entire house and even though its Florida my NY roots crave carpet. I wish we lived in our forever home that I could change it but it would be a waste since we plan on selling soon.

  9. Honestly, I would prefer wood and concrete floors in a home. Only because I have two girls with loads of hair that gets all into the carpet. I think it would be so much easier to clean without a carpet.

  10. Originally I would have said no–but then I read this post. If I had my own home (I live in an apartment)) I would definitely consider using concrete for a floor!!

  11. I actually know someone who has concrete floors in their home. It looks nice, but I bet it’s cold in the winter! It would be perfect with a throw rug!

  12. This looks so nice! My husband keep saying he wants to make concrete countertops. I guess the process would be similar too.

  13. I have stone in my large living room and dining room and it does get very cold even in the California winters…so I am not sure if I would want them if I lived back east or in the midwest.

    I like the look and I think they would be very durable.

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  15. While house shopping earlier this year, we learned that some builders are indeed putting stained concrete floors in new homes! While it is a little different, it doesn’t provide that cozy feel but then, rugs can make that happen!

  16. OMG, I need to let my parents know about this so we can spiffy up the basement. That looks amazing! I would’ve never thought about that myself. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  17. “Concrete in Your Home” is very unorthodox idea, but in the same time original and great looking. The way it looks, maintaining it, won’t be such a nightmare. Using any kind of polishing machine will do the job perfectly. And if the area is not so big ordinary mop will do, too.

  18. I’ve heard that concrete floor is becoming more popular in homes. I think that it can actually look really great with the right stain. I really like the finished picture you shared. Concrete floors can actually end up looking expensive. It’s good to know that sealing is a must in order to prevent signs of wear. I’ll remember that if I decide to get concrete floors in my home.

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