Concrete is well-regarded for its durability and longevity. Yet, despite its firm consistency, it’s actually quite porous. This makes it particularly vulnerable to stains, if left unchecked. While stains don’t compromise the structural integrity of concrete, they can be unsightly.

Common sources of concrete stains include oil, gas, animal urine, tire tracks, paint, and more. In many instances, power-washing, soap application, and chemical cleaners can help reduce the appearance of stains. Removing them entirely isn’t always a guarantee, however.

That is why it’s best to keep your concrete protected from stains before they can form. How can you do that? There are a few ways.

Concrete Staining

It might seem contradictory, but utilizing concrete stain can help hide, mask, and diminish the appearance of stains in your concrete. Concrete stain isn’t a paint that covers the surface of your concrete but a compound that penetrates it. This provides you with a resilient, long lasting color.

Though it doesn’t actually keep stains out, concrete stain does make blemishes less noticeable. It also makes your concrete look better overall.

Concrete Sealer

For some additional resilience, concrete sealer can protect your concrete from stains, damage, and general discoloration. Concrete sealer also penetrates the surface the concrete, filling pours and reducing absorption of substances that might otherwise stain it.

Concrete sealer can be combined with stain for a stylized finish that does a better job of keeping stains out. It also helps mask cracks within concrete.

Epoxy Coating

If you’re looking for heavy duty protection, an epoxy coating might be the way to go. Epoxy is a chemical compound made up of one-part resin and one-part hardener. These combine to create a protective layer over the surface of the concrete.

Not only does this provide superior protection against stains, but it can smooth out uneven surfaces and leave you with a beautiful, glossy finish.

Like concrete sealer, epoxy coating can be combined with concrete stain for a customized finish.

Professional Assistance

If you’re looking to finish your concrete, we highly recommend using a professional. These are complex chemicals that can ruin the appearance of your concrete when applied incorrectly. Removing poorly applied stain, sealer, or coating is not an easy process. It’s best to have it done right the first time around.

For concrete staining, sealing, and epoxy flooring in Ohio, contact Select Flooring Systems today! Our team provides near limitless options for protecting and stylizing your concrete floor.