The Concrete Network

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One of the most important parts of preparing a concrete floor for a stain or overlay is repairing cracks and divots in the surface. The first step in fixing concrete cracks is chasing the crack with a grinder. This makes the cracks wider in order to allow the repair material to fill the crack. The reason cracks are filled is to avoid shadowing (cracks showing though your topping on the final finished floor). The crack repair material is seeded with sand to help the bonding of the fill material to your final topping. You'll also need to fill divots left by the tack strips your old carpet was attached to. Fill all divots with a cementitious material to get a uniform prepared surface to work with.

For more information, see:
Staining Concrete Floors
Acid Staining Basics
How to Test Moisture Vapor Transmission
Hypoallergenic Flooring - Concrete Floors Reduce Allergies