Cleaning and Staining a Concrete Patio or Porch
By: Danny Lipford
Staining can improve the look of a concrete patio. Here’s how to go about it.
Staining a Concrete Surface:
- Clean the Concrete: Start by cleaning the concrete thoroughly with a concrete etcher/degreaser, following the directions on the container. Be sure to wear protective clothing, rubber gloves, and goggles.
- Stain the Concrete: When the surface is dry, apply a stain made especially for concrete using a brush for the edges and a roller for larger areas.
- Seal the Concrete: After the stain has dried the required period of time, apply a concrete sealer to give the surface a finished look and protect it from dirt and wear.
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You can add character to a plain concrete patio by staining it, but the first step is cleaning the surface to accept the stain. Use an etcher/degreaser to remove the grit and grime from the concrete before you apply the concrete stain.
Just like painting, the edges are done with a brush while the larger areas can be covered with a roller. When the stain has dried, apply a sealer to maintain the glossy finish and protect the surface from wear.