How to Stain Concrete Countertops

What You'll Need
All-natural concrete cleaner
All-natural soap
All-natural concrete stain
Protective eyewear
Protective gloves
Paintbrush or paint roller
Paint tray
Breathing mask

If you're looking for an easy and effective way to beautify your concrete countertop, it is important to familiarize yourself with how to stain concrete countertops. Staining a concrete countertop is a fantastic way to breathe new life into your home's kitchen and is a task that can be successfully carried out in a timely and stress-free fashion, provided you have a detailed instructional guide by your side.

Step 1 - Clean Your Concrete Countertop

Before proceeding to stain concrete countertops, you will need to administer a thorough cleaning to counter. Begin by using a mixture of all-natural liquid soap and warm water, as well as a dampened washcloth or paper towel, to get rid of any noticeably large dirt or dust deposits. In some cases, this will be enough to fully clean the countertop, but if your counter is plagued by a number of stubborn stains, you will need to lightly dampen a sponge, washcloth or paper towel with an all-natural concrete cleaner and wipe down the entire countertop using broad, circular motions. Unyielding stains may require the use of a scrub brush. After the countertop has been fully cleaned, go over it with a water-dampened washcloth or paper towel once more before proceeding to dry it.

Take care to use an all-natural cleaner when attempting to stain concrete countertops, as the chemicals found in many commercial concrete cleaners are liable to produce dangerous chemical reactions or hazardous fumes when combined with the chemicals in most commercial concrete stains. For this reason, it is imperative that you use only all-natural products throughout the staining process.

Step 2 - Protect Yourself

With your countertop nice and clean, it's now safe to apply your concrete stain. However, before beginning the stain application, take care to put on a pair of safety goggles or glasses, some protective gloves and a breathing mask or respirator to shield yourself from the fumes produced by your concrete, as well as any wayward drips. You should also open up any nearby doors or windows to ensure that the task is carried out in a well-ventilated area. Even when working with an all-natural stain, it is important to take these precautions.

Step 3 - Stain Your Concrete Countertops

Having taken all the recommended precautionary measures, it's time to stain your concrete countertop. After pouring your all-natural concrete stain into a paint tray, fill a paintbrush or paint roller with stain and proceed to apply it to your countertop in broad vertical strokes. While engaged in the stain application process, take care to smooth out any smudge marks or wayward droplets before they are given ample time to dry. After your stain has been applied to the entire countertop, allow it to dry for amount of time listed on its packaging. While drying time will vary between brands, concrete stain will generally take between 6 to 8 hours to fully dry, after which you will need to clean off any leftover residue with warm water and all-natural liquid soap.

The next time you're looking to breathe new life into your kitchen, just remember these 3 easy steps and you'll be able to stain concrete countertops in no time.