Have you ever walked into a high end salon or hip restaurant and looked at the floor and said, “Whoa, this floor is awesome! I wonder how they did that”? If so, then it was probably a reactive acid stain or polished concrete flooring system.
Concrete acid staining is rapidly becoming the craze for concrete flooring. Typically, when I see trends hit the design scene this hard I know that they aren’t going to be fashionable for very long. Concrete acid staining is different due to its classic elegance, versatility and unsurpassed durability.
Acid stains can create a variety of faux finishes similar to paint faux finishes. In fact, because of concrete’s properties you have even more options than you do on walls. The application techniques are very similar, however, you use different tools and mediums.
Like all floor coating systems, proper preparation is critical for quality product. Amateurs and do-it-yourselfers will use a muriatic acid solution to etch the concrete prior to applying acid stains. While, this method technically works, the results it renders are not up to par with GreenWave Solutions’ quality standards.
Muriatic acid, HCl, is residual in concrete. Even after neutralizing it with a base, traces remain in the masonry substrate. This residual acid will eventually cause your beautiful acid stain finish to get cloudy or hazy.
To avoid this problem, GreenWave Solutions uses commercial concrete grinders to prepare concrete floors for acid staining. These diamond grinders are outfitted with interchangeable heads that each perform different jobs and vacuums to control dust. So instead of using hydrochloric acid to prepare the floor, we use diamond grinder or shot blasters to rip off carpet, tile, adhesives or any other garbage that will prevent the floor from looking awesome.
Upon floor preparation, we apply the reactive acid stain and catalyzers to create whichever look our client chooses. After the staining is finished and cured, we apply a clear coating that protects the finish and adds a polished look. The clear coats have different sheens that go from a matte finish to a high gloss, depending upon which look is most appropriate for the area.
Call GreenWave Solutions to learn more about this exotic and exclusive floor finishing system at 404-549-7776.
GreenWave Solutions offers concrete acid staining in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Buckhead, Chamblee, Cumming, Dunwoody, Doraville, Grant Park, Inman park, Marietta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Milton, Johns Creek, Duluth and most other metro Atlanta areas. Concrete acid staining and decorative concrete floor polishing is available for both residential and commercial clients.
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