Return to the Flooring Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Efflorescence and acid stained concrete floors

Posted by cs6000 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 31, 11 at 11:56

We built a house about 2 years ago, and elected to go with acid stained concrete throughout the main part of the house. (carpet in bedrooms) We have dogs, and live in the country, so this seemed like a good idea, and much cheaper than wood floors.

We've been very happy with the floors, and the easy cleanup. There have been spots of efflorescence appear, however. This had come up through the floors, and was trapped under the sealer.
I did lots of research on the internet, and did not find much addressing this particular issue. I was able to gather enough to experiment with Xylol, also called Xylene, I believe.

I tested this in a few small areas, and it worked well. It was able to dissolve the remaining sealer, and clean the efflorescence at the same time. I've gone on to clean most of the floor with Xylol, and re-sealed it. It looks as good as new.

As these floors gain in popularity, more people will be having this problem. Hopefully some will search here, or if you're planning such a floor, file this away for future use.

As always, test a small area of your floor first to see if it works for you.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Efflorescence and acid stained concrete floors

Interesting. It sounds like your efflorescence is only in discrete spots?

Our concrete guy told us today that he couldn't in good conscience acid stain our floor (in a basement dig out) since the moisture level was too high and the entire floor would turn white after five or six years. So we're just going to wax and polish the gray concrete. I'm coming to terms with it.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Flooring Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here