A concrete patio is durable but it is not very attractive. Did you know that you can stain concrete? It’s true and by properly cleaning and preparing the surface for staining, the beautiful results can be admired for years. This project requires only moderate skill and can be completed for under $250 in just one weekend.
You will need:
• Stiff bristled brush
• Non-residue cleaner designed for concrete
• Muriatic acid
• Plastic sprinkling can
• Concrete stain
• Paint tray
• Paintbrush or roller
• Degreaser (optional)
• Pressure washer (optional)
• Safety goggles
Step 1: Hose off the patio with water. Remove mildew, dirt, and grease with a stiff-bristled brush and non-residue cleaner. Degreaser and a pressure washer may be needed to remove difficult grease and oil stains.
Step 2: Put on the respirator, safety goggles, gloves, and boots. In the sprinkling can, mix one part muriatic acid and four parts water.
Step 3: Wet the concrete with water and also soak the surrounding bushes or grass. Sprinkle the acid solution made in Step 2 onto the concrete. It will bubble when making contact.
Step 4: Wait 20 to 30 minutes for the solution to etch and neutralize the alkalinity of the concrete. Use ample water and the broom to remove the acid from the concrete.
Step 5: Let the concrete dry for 48 hours or more. Use the broom to sweep off leftover concrete powder.
Step 6: Use a paintbrush or roller to apply the concrete stain. Select your own pattern and style when performing the application. Wait 24 hours and determine whether another coat is needed. A period of 24 hours should be included between the application of each coat and following the final coat before placing furniture on the surface.