|Jeff wanted the floors to look super glossy/shiny like this. (this is NOT our house, this is just a random internet picture)|
When we finally had bare concrete, we cleaned, and cleaned and cleaned some more. In all that research we learned, the most important part was starting with a very clean concrete slab. Mostly we cleaned with soap & water then rinsed with water and shop vacced it up, over and over. Then I cleaned with Simple Green and then soap and water one more time.
|Cleaning the floors didn't seem to bother Connor at all!|
|After staining, before sealing, cleaning yet again|
|Finished office floor, you can see some of the blue in this pic and it's glossy/shiny!|
About a week later the wall removal was completed and I was able to clean, stain and seal the living/kitchen/dining area. I put the umber stain on a little heavier this time and brushed it in with a long handled bristle brush. It ended up making the blue less visible, but otherwise I'm really happy with these floors too.
|Don't look at the fact that we're still unpacking, look at the final stained concrete floor!|