Concrete flooring is popular flooring option among businesses, warehouses, schools, hospitals, and even residential homes because it is easily maintained and durable. By simply adding a color to the concrete floor, this will help make the bland grey coloring of concrete come to life! Additionally, it is an easy step to do and will make the concrete slab look luxurious. The main question when adding coloring to concrete flooring is whether to use concrete dye or a concrete stain. Before trying either one on concrete flooring, it is important to recognize the difference, as the end results of the dye and stain are different from one another.
Out of the two choices to vamp up concrete flooring, concrete staining is a more in depth process than concrete dying. This is mainly due to the surface of the concrete needing to be cleaned thoroughly before application. The reason why concrete stains are more of a tedious process is because stains are more acid or solvent-based, which means if any grease or dust is left on the concrete, it will ruin the reaction process. The way staining works is when the acid or solvent-based stain is applied the metallic salts contained in the concrete; it will react to the calcium hydroxide, and will cause a permanent bond between the stain and concrete. To clean the floor, use water and soap to get all the grime off; when needed for deep cleaning, pressure washers are the best way to go with Xtreme Clean.
Xtreme Polishing System has the Kemiko Concrete Stain that comes in eight different colors to make concrete resemble marble or glazed stone. This product will make your floor look expensive, but at an affordable price. Kemiko Stone Tone Stain, with its special wetting agents, will chemically combine the metallic ions with the concrete’s particles to form the colored oxides.
The concrete dying process does not contain any chemical reactions like the concrete staining. The concrete dyes are easily applied, and simply penetrate the porous surface of the concrete flooring; allowing the dye to sink into the concrete thoroughly. Concrete Dyes will help the concrete flooring from peeling or flaking. Cleaning the concrete flooring is also important before beginning the dying process, but it does not need to be as intense as the staining method. The Xtreme Colorz by Xtreme Polishing Systems are fast dyes that come in 18 beautiful colors. Xtreme Colorz is a solvent soluble that will penetrate deep into the concrete.
Between concrete stains and concrete dyes, the dyes tend to have more vibrant colors than the stains. If you are looking for a more unique look for concrete flooring, staining is the best way to go because the acid stains will vary in degrees making no two floors the same. Both concrete staining and concrete dying are prone to fade in sunlight. Concrete dyes and stains can be used together to make a one of a kind design and color on concrete flooring.
The choice between concrete stains or dyes all comes down to what the finished flooring should look like whether it has unique patterns that concrete stains deliver or the vibrant color that concrete dyes produce. This has been the go to way when deciding between concrete staining or dying. Always remember that both could be used together to make a vibrantly unique coloring for concrete flooring. Check out all the concrete stains and concrete dyes available at Xtreme Polishing Systems.