Tired Of The Plain Old Flooring? Try An Acid Stain On Your Concrete Floors

Have you ever wondered what your room would look like without floor coverings? You don't have to use carpeting or tile to complete your room. In fact, you can do away with flooring altogether. Acid wash will turn your ordinary concrete floor into the focal point of your room. Even if you're new to DIY projects, you can follow these step-by-step instructions.

The Supplies You'll Need

  • Acid stain

  • Ammonia

  • Clear coat sealant

  • Painters tape

  • Newspaper

  • Bucket

  • Mop

  • Paint roller with extension pole

  • Paint pan

  • Two pump sprayers

  • Safety goggles

  • Leather work gloves

Prepare Your Workspace

Once you have all your supplies gathered, you're ready to prepare your workspace.  Preparing the workspace will ensure that your walls and baseboards are not damaged by the acid in the stain.

  1. Remove all the baseboards from the room.

  2. Cover all of the walls in the room with newspaper.

  3. Secure the paper to the walls using your painters tape.

Apply The Acid Stain

Now you're ready to begin the project. To prevent injuries to yourself, it's important that you follow these instructions closely.


  1. Be sure that your windows are open and that your room is well ventilated.

  2. Put your goggles and gloves on.

  3. Mix the acid stain according to directions on the label.

  4. Pour the stain into your pump sprayer.

  5. Beginning in the corner farthest away from the door, spray your floors in a random pattern.

  6. Be sure to keep the nozzle about 18" from the floor to give a uniform coverage.

  7. Once you've applied the first coat, allow the stain to dry for about an hour.

  8. Repeat the process until your floor reaches the color that you like.

  9. Pour one part ammonia and four parts water into your second pump sprayer.

  10. Spray your floor with the ammonia and water to neutralize the acid stain.

  11. Allow the ammonia and water to dry for about an hour.

  12. Mop your floor using clean water.

  13. Allow your floor to dry for about 2 hours.

  14. Pour the clear coat sealant into your paint pan.

  15. Attach the extension pole to your paint roller.

  16. Apply a thin layer of clear coat sealant to your floor and allow it to dry for about an hour.

  17. Apply a second coat of sealant and allow it to dry for 24 hours.

  18. Remove the newspaper and replace the baseboards.

Acid stain is a great way to change the look of your concrete floor. With a little bit of effort, you can have a beautiful floor that won't require any other type of covering.