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 Luxury Loft Condominium Building Acid-Stained Kitchen Concrete Floor
 Luxury Loft Condominium Building Acid-Stained Concrete Floor

The photos above and below show several acid-stained concrete floors in a luxury loft condominium building in Royal Oak, Michigan.  We didn't do the original acid-staining in these units, but we were asked to refurbish the floors periodically when a tenant moved out.  These particular five floors were cleaned, touched up with stain and then re-sealed.

 Loft Condominium Building Acid-Stained Concrete Hallway Floor
 Luxury Loft Condominium Building Amber Acid-Stained Concrete Hallway Floor
 Luxury Loft Condominium Building Walnut Acid-Stained Concrete Hallway Floor

The four photos below are examples of the type of damage done to the acid-stained concrete floors by tenants.  In the first two photos below, carpet or matting with a rubber backing was placed on the floor for an extended period of time.  When the coverings were removed, they pulled the sealer and stain right off the concrete.

 Luxury Loft Condominium Building Acid-Stained Concrete Kitchen Floor Damaged By Carpet Adhesive
 Loft Condominium Building Acid-Stained Concrete Entryway Damaged By Rubber-Backed Welcome Mat

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 and stuck to the concrete.

 Loft Condominium Building Acid-Stained Concrete Bathroom Floor Damaged By Rubber Matting
 Loft Condominium Building Acid-Stained Concrete Hallway Floor Damaged By Rubber-Backed Carpeting

Repairing acid-stained concrete can be done but is not easy.  It takes a thorough knowledge of sealers and chemical stripping agents, and training 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 with a tacky backing.