I am looking for help on 10 resturants. They have stained concrete in every resturant. I was wondering what is the best product to use? What should I charge? Should I re-stain them since the stain is gone in lots of the spots on the concrete? They have lots of scuff marks and missing stain on the concrete please help thanks.
I am not a concrete expert, however, it is my understanding that the stain is either mixed in when the concrete is poured or as a powder while the concrete is setting up. Don't know how you would restain? As well, is the concrete ground , honed and polished or does it have a sealer and finish on top? Would imagine it should be honed and polished, ground if there a ridges and uneven areas. I know there are ways of staining the concrete after setting up but I don't see how you are going to spot stain and match colour.
Post by ECBS Clean Team on Mar 10, 2010 17:58:13 GMT -5
I have seen more & more places going with polished concrete floors like Home Depot. Does anyone know where to go online etc to learn more about how this is done? I would love to add this to our offerings.
Hey Brian: Took a course for polishing concrete and marble, the cost of the equipment is substantial and the cost of the diamond discs is also substantial. Here in Canada, the cost of a BASIC set of discs is over 2000.00 Cdn. Good WERKMASTER machine starts at around $23000. Cdn. I couldn't justify given the amount of work there is out there. Also need a good pulse vacuum, (dust clogs filter, pulse vacuum sends pulse of air back through filter to keep pores clear) also expensive. Don't know of place in the U.S. although I think a web site called dirtygrout.com has some info. There is also some stone care sites and I believe IICRC has some courses.
I saw a machine yesterday at Interlink Supply. It was like a floor stripping swing machine only it had weights to go on top of it. They had special pads with different grit polishing abilities to use on marble floors. Cost of machine was $1000. Cost of pads where $350 per 5. I believe the sales guy said A single pad would do up to 5000 ft. He said you charge $1 a sq ft of marble to buff it out with this pad. You start at highest abbrasion pad. If customer wants more shine you charge $1 sq ft to use second pad with lower abbrasion . If they want more shine you step up to another pad and charge another $1 sq to. I believe there where four levels of pads. They do offer some classes on the process. The salesperson also said they are working on one to do concrete with that would be also be fairly low cost start up.
Post by David Bergman on Dec 28, 2013 13:29:15 GMT -5
Any blemishes will remain in the concrete after staining.Cured or sealed concrete floors cannot be stained. Most professionals prefer to use a sprayer to apply the stain. Though it isn't necessary, but is recommended.