In staining concrete floors you can choose between acid-based stains and water-based stains.
Traditional acid-based stains, when applied, chemically react with the concrete floor to create diverse and translucent colors with fascinating marbling effects. When applied metallic salts of acid-based stains chemically react with the lime content of concrete to create a permanent bond that will not peel away or chip off.
Although acid-based stains do not have as much color palette as water-based stains, this type of stain usually last longer. This type of stain is typically available in earth tones. It will usually give a more translucent and natural look that can replicate stone or wood. Acid-based stains are ideal for high-traffic areas in Manchester.
Water-based stains are available in almost all colors. These stains do not chemically react with concrete to let out their colors but leave color pigments within the pores of the concrete floor. Water-based stains are easier to apply and create color effects that are more uniform and opaque.
Water-based stains are ideal for concrete floors that have grease or oil stains that are difficult to remove.