Prepping a Concrete Floor for Stain

When we moved into the home, the master bedroom had carpet flooring. I loved the way it looked, but not so much the way it smelled. The previous owners had dogs, and it was pretty clear that they had accidents. Lots of them. We had tried a couple different methods for cleaning it, but the smell still persisted in areas. Couple that with the fact that I have a boxer with an “Eating Problem” (i.e. she eats the most random crap) and the floor was in pretty bad shape. Imagine a bottle of doe urine being destroyed under the bed (hubs is a hunter, the scent is used to attract bucks). She also loved to sneak diapers out of the diaper pail to shred under the bed, the dirtier the better. It doesn’t help that the hubs has a red heeler with major digestion issues. I had to clean up dog diarrhea four times in the last two weeks of having the carpet. Seriously, that dog makes having a baby look easy. At least the kid uses diapers, I don’t have to clean smushy poop off the floor! Anyway, the fourth major poop incident was the last straw. It was everywhere! For some reason, they can’t just poop in one nice compact spot. She’s a Poop Walker. There were tracks everywhere. Fed up, I just grabbed the box cutter and ripped that shit right out of there. Literally. I enlisted spousal support and we took out all the carpet in one fell swoop.

Concrete under carpet isn’t normally in good shape. This certainly wasn’t. There were swirls of glue everywhere. Pulling up the tackboards left lots of divots.

Flooring is always a big job. This is no exception. Once we pulled up the carpet, we realized how gross the baseboards were. It took a good month of scrounging up the energy to prep the floors for the stain. You have to strip the glue, patch the holes, and clean clean clean! Here are a few tips if you’re thinking about staining your concrete floor:

4 thoughts on “Prepping a Concrete Floor for Stain

  1. Holy Lord, HOW do you have the energy…no really. How?! We tried to just tackle PAINTING our master bedroom walls and trim when our first was 3 months old and it almost ruined us. I give you so much credit. Very impressive. Can’t wait to see the results!!

  2. A heat gun and a scraper usually softens the glue enough to scrape it off.

    And latex-based concrete patching compound (comes pre-mixed because you only need a bit) is best for those shallow pits. You don’t want it flaking out of there after all the effort of staining.

    1. Thank you for the tips! I actually tried a heat gun, no dice. The tiger paw attachment on my grinder did a pretty good job though.

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