What is the difference between Concrete Dyes vs. Concrete Stains? - Xtreme Polishing Systems

What is the difference between Concrete Dyes vs. Concrete Stains?

Concrete is such a popular flooring option among businesses, warehouses, schools, hospitals, and residential spaces because of its low and easy maintenance and extreme durability.

Many people really enjoy the industrial and simplistic look of polished concrete flooring. However, if you do prefer adding a little character and individuality to your floors, a concrete dye or concrete stain can be added. This is an easy step to execute and will give your concrete slab a beautiful, luminous appearance that will leave you and your guests speechless. It's extremely important to recognize the difference between the two because each final result is different than the other.
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What Are Concrete Dyes?

Concrete dyes transmit color by penetrating concrete or other porous cementitious surfaces. Concrete dyes are nonreactive and smaller in particle size compared to concrete stains or acrylic stains which allows for easier penetration and color saturation which ultimately leaves less residue on the surface, speeding up the application process. Concrete dyes are are basically permanent when being compared to a concrete stain.

What Are Concrete Stains?

Concrete stains are a bit more complex because they are generally broken down into three different categories; film-forming, penetrating and acid stains. Film-forming stains resemble paint because it simply coats or lays over the top of the concrete surface which will give an aesthetic appearance but ultimately damages your floors over a short period of time from exposure to chemicals, traffic, weather, etc. Penetrating stains are certainly a more permanent alternative because they penetrate into the pores of the concrete which bonds the stain the the surface. Acid stains are unique simply because they do not rely on color pigments to alter the decorative appearance of concrete, whereas they react with the minerals in the concrete which generates a beautifully etched natural looking surface.

Xtreme Polishing Systems supplies a multitude of popular brand name concrete dye and concrete stain products, including Xtreme Series, Scofield Systems , Ameripolish and Kemiko. These staining products will make your floor look expensive at an absolutely affordable cost.