L.D. asks from Greenville, TX on July 09, 2010
Staining Concrete Floors
We are thinking of pulling up our carpet and staining our concrete floors ... soon.
My son and husband have HORRIBLE allergies and this carpet was filthy when we moved in 4 years ago, and it's just gotten worse with our dogs and kids ....
Has anyone pulled up their carpet and stained their concrete? How easy was it? My husband is a handman, so I'm not too concerned about that, but just the process is scaring me a little bit.
Was there a ton of glue that you had to scrap or put chemicals on to get rid of? How did it turn out? Do you regret doing it?
What are the pros and cons? I have seen them before (some relatives have it) and I love the way it looks.
Thanks for all the input.
So What Happened?™
I appreciate everyone's wonderful feedback! We decided against staining our concrete floors after quite a bit of discussion and a few nasty falls from my kids (over 2 days). They both have bruises and bumps from falling on just the carpet --- we decided that we would wait to do the floors concrete in any house that we live in till our babies are no longer babies .... just couldn't live with myself if one of my kiddos busted their head open on our concrete floors ....
So we have decided to put in bamboo hardwood --- we bought it and my husband has been hard at work installing it .... it's beautiful and a "softer" wood .... yes, it's going to get dings in it, but that's okay .... it's softer on my babies' heads! ha! Thanks again!
S.B. answers from Dallas on July 09, 2010
We did it. It's not difficult, but it is a tedious job. My hubby does work in road construction, so he knows a lot about concrete. In this case I think it just helped us make a few decisions (like no overlay), but I did all the research about the staining process. We also went to a company that specializes in staining and got sample colors. We taped off parts of our garage to see how the stain may react to our concrete. There is a bit of unpredictability with the color. Apparently it can react differently according to the concrete underneath. I am glad we did this, because the color we thought we wanted had green undertones when we applied it. So we went with a different color. When we removed our carpet, of course it was dusty dirty. There was a lot of paint splatters underneath that we had to scrap by hand, but not too much glue for us. And we opted for some routes to make it easier and cheaper on us. We did not put down and overlay of concrete, we just used what we had. For the nails that held down the carpet, we simply clipped them off. NO ONE has ever noticed the nails. We also didn't worry about the cracks we found. (We did have the company that designed our slab come over and evaluate it - they were determined to be cosmetic. We got a formal report of this, so we would have it when we decide to sell the house). Instead of filling the cracks, we just left them be - it adds a little character. It's inexpensive to install and very easy to maintain. I have to wax it twice a year...I just use a mop on wax and it's pretty easy. Other than that just sweeping and occasionally mopping it. And I have noticed that I don't have to mop very often at all (maybe once a month and I have a dog and two kids). I love the look and I love that we have a lot less dust. We get lots of compliments on it. The only bad thing we have found is that it is very slippery when it gets wet and we have a pool, so we have to forewarn swimmers when they are over. And any furniture that may slide over it can scratch the coating you put over it. So we added an area rug under out bar stools and piano bench...no biggie. We have been thrilled with ours. I took pictures of our project step by step. If you want to pm me, I would be happy to email the pics to you so you can see our process.
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K.F. answers from Salinas on July 09, 2010
We too looked into it but decided to tile w/travertine instead. We were remodeling and would've hired someone else to do the staining. By the time we added pulling up and discarding carpet, cleaning the concrete and the actullay staining it wasn't much cheaper than the tile. I do love the look so if you can do the work yourself and save some $$ it may be worth it. Be sure to really reasearch as it seems a bit tricky if you don't have experience. You will love living without carpet. We have hardwood upstairs and the tile downstairs and don't missed the carpet one bit. Much cooler looking, easier to clean and healthier with solid floors!
A.S. answers from Dallas on July 10, 2010
If you decide you do not want to do it yourself you can call Chuck Hammons with Star H Concrete. He does great work. And he has lots of colors to choose from. His number is ###-###-#### Cell. he charges $1.35 per square foot. Very reasonable if my opinion and it saves you from doing it yourself.
A.W. answers from Dallas on July 10, 2010
We stained our floors and love it! We too suffer from allergies and have been able to breathe so much eaiser. However I would hire a professional to do it. Our house was built in 1978 so the professional had to do alot of repairs in the concrete and do an overlay to make it smooth. We stayed at my Mom's while we had it done. The smell is sooo strong for about a week after the work was finished. It took them about a week to complete the entire house. If your house is newer it may be eaiser. We pulled up all the carpet and tack strips ourselves and it is a big mess, you will be shocked at the dust and stuff under your carpet. But it is totally worth the inconveince. We have had it for over a year. We use dry and wet swiffer sweepers to clean it. The only thing our guy told us to keep away from it was nail polish remover. We had all our rooms done and have no complaints. You do have to put heavy furniture on rubber pads or velcro. It does show some scratches but most can be rubbed out. The guy also told us that he could come re shine the entir house for $200 if we wanted to do that, we probably will have it done when our 2 month old starts to crawl. The guy we used is named Tony and he is in Cresson. His guys do great work and our house is almost 1500 sq, ft, and cost us about $3200. Good Luck!
S.J. answers from Dallas on July 11, 2010
Make sure you do a lot of research on it & that your husband is prepared for all of the prep work. We just had it done to our downstairs & we are going to have to put wood over some of it & we'll probably put carpet back in the bedroom. We have 4 kids (and one bonus on the way!). We have high ceilings & it's super loud in here. Plus our 10 mo old trying to walk & me not wanting her to fall & hurt her head! But that's not our main concern. The company did not prepare the floor correctly & we trusted them too much. We now know that the key is a perfectly prepared floor before you get started. Our tac holes from the carpet were very big & there were places where paint or texture from the walls was on the floor. The stain did not work on top of that, even though they assured us it would look fine. It doesn't. It looks awful. The tac holes were filled after we complained but they didn't do that right either & it looks like gray silly putty with some stain over it. We have seen floors that look great & I wish you the best of luck. Just make sure your floor is a "good candidate" for the stain, if not, re-evaluate before you go any further.
A.B. answers from Dallas on July 09, 2010
We looked into doing this a few years ago due to allergies. After a lot of research, we decided to go with laminate instead. The concrete can crack over time (esp. here in Texas). It is also very hard on your feet. While it looks neat, it is cold & of course very hard. We found laminate that looked like real hardwood with wide planks. It has a padding underneath, as well as a water seal protectant. It is comfy to walk on & super easy to clean... the price was not much more than our staining quote.
Hope this helps.
E.H. answers from Dallas on July 12, 2010
We just looked into doing our floors and were told that once we treated and stained our floors, we could never put any other type of flooring down. The guy worked at a professional company so I trusted him although you have others who have just totally contradicted his statement. So, what he said was the chemicals you have to apply make the concrete porous so that nothing else will stick to them afterward. He said he has had to turn down new business because of it.... Take it for what its worth.
I also have a friend who did their own and it looks awful. I have a couple of family members who had them professionally done (while building) and they look beautiful, but they still have carpeting down on most floors...
We decided to go with the engineered wood on our floors after talking and seeing what we have. I would say talk to some professionals and find out the facts. I hope it works out for you!
K.N. answers from Dallas on July 12, 2010
Decorative Crete-Worx - ###-###-#### - did our floors and they are FABULOUS! They did the full prep work and sent us text pics to show us their progress throughout the day. We had a 300sf add on and it took him the whole day to do it. It was bare concrete when we left and a gorgeous floor when we came home!
We had the paint splatters and tack marks. Dave's team took care of all of it.