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Above and below are several acid-stained concrete floors in a luxury condominium loft building in Royal Oak, Michigan.  We didn't do the original staining in these units, but we are asked to refurbish the floors every time a tenant moves out.  These 5 floors have been cleaned, touched up as necessary, and then re-sealed.

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Below are examples of some of the damage that is done to the floor by tenants.  In the first two photos below, carpet or matting with a rubber backing was placed over the sealed acid-stained concrete.  When the coverings were removed, they pulled the sealer and stain right off of the concrete.

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The next two photos also show damage caused by carpet or matting with a rubber backing.  In these two instances, however, rather than removing the sealer and stain from the concrete, the black rubber came loose from the backing and stuck to the concrete.

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Repairing acid-stained concrete can be done but is not easy.  It takes a thorough knowledge of sealers, and chemical stripping agents, as well as training and skill in faux finishing.  Our best advice is that if you have a new acid-stained concrete floors, do not place anything on it made of plastic or rubber, or containing adhesive.