how-to-stain-concreteIf having concrete surfaces in your home is nothing but an eyesore, then we’ve got the perfect solution for you! Now you can disguise your concrete surfaces with a stain to better match the aesthetic appeal of the rest of your home. Additionally, concrete is porous so once it is stained it has effectively been sealed for lasting results.


  • 9-inch tear-resistant deck paint pad
  • Telescoping rod
  • Handle for paint pad (attach to telescoping rod)
  • Paint pan
  • 4-inch paintbrush
  • Tarp
  • Broom and hose
  • Concrete stain (water-based)
  • Bucket of water
  • Rag (for any spills)

Step 1: Apply a small amount of stain to a test area on the concrete to ensure you get the results you want. Read the manufacturer’s instructions on the container for any special considerations when using their product.

Step 2: Remove any furniture or other objects from the concrete. Clean the area with a broom and hose to ensure you’re working with a clean surface. After cleaning, allow the concrete to dry for 24 hours.

Step 3: Place the paint pan on the tarp and pour the stain into the pan. Using your paintbrush, apply the stain along the perimeter edge and all seams first.

Step 4: Apply the stain to the rest of the concrete with the paint pad. Use the seams as space divisions to work in. Stay in only one section at a time to maintain control over blending without it drying too quickly.

Be careful not to apply the stain in direct sunlight as it will dry too quickly, making it almost impossible to blend the strokes. The stain should be dry to the touch in four hours, but don’t move any furniture back until a full 24 hours has passed. The stain may scratch off if you drag heavy furniture across the surface, so take extra care during this process.

  • By: Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.
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