live wire oak around? or anyone else who can help

aimee124September 3, 2011

Hi, I purchased a hair salon a couple yrs ago., it has about 1200sq feet of stained concrete, and the rest is wood..The floor is very faded and never has no shine. I contacted the guy i purchased it from and he said all he knew was that is was fresh concrete, and the color was cola..and he wasn't sure what process was done, but he is going to contact the guy who did it and let me know. My question is, Can i restain it the same color and put the seal, and shine? I really don't know anything about this, but would like to learn to possibly do it ourselves to save money..thanks in advance for anyone that can help

aimee

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What does the floor look like when it's wet? Does the color of it then look rich like you'd like? It's possible, if the previous products used don't conflict, that all your floor needs is a good waxing to bring out the color and shine. But, without knowing the products used, it's possible that putting wax down could screw up any opportunity to repair it correctly without sanding down to bare concrete. The absolute cheapest potential solution would be to engage a pro to come in and wax it and buff it. That is how home stained concrete is usually finished. However, that isn't a very durable surface treatment in a setting where you may have chemicals.

If you can't figure out what products were used, there is too big of a chance of screwing it up permanently. If it were me, I'd look at sanding the whole thing down to bare concrete and starting over with all new products that you know work together and finishing it off with an industrial clear epoxy. That's not a DIY job. Or, for a DIY treatment, putting something like a VCT over what you have currently, or maybe sheet vinyl. You could choose various colors of VCT and create an interesting pattern or just go with a single color. That can be maintained by a pro with a buffing machine and acrylic clear coat on top. Standard industry products and machines. The vinyl would be the least durable option.

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