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Removing an Existing Floor Covering Before Staining

Removing an Existing Floor Covering Before Staining

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It's always easier to stain newly placed concrete that's never been hidden beneath a floor covering. But don't let an existing floor covering stop you. In most cases, once you remove the existing flooring, you can stain the concrete subfloor as long as it's in good condition. Just be aware that stains are translucent and will not mask all flaws or discoloration. However, some people like how stains accentuate minor cracks and color inconsistencies in existing concrete flooring, especially if they want a “distressed” or rustic look.

Here's what you'll need to do before you can apply stain to a concrete subfloor:

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