If a concrete floor is sweating, the likely culprit is a condition known as sweating slab syndrome, in which the interior concrete slab's surface occasionally develops moisture as a result of dew point condensation. This makes the surface of the concrete slippery, making it dangerous to move or lift heavy objects while on that surface.Know More
When dew point condensation causes a concrete floor to sweat, humid, warm air makes its way into a structure through open windows, vents and doorways. As the air moves around, it condenses onto any surface it finds that is at or beneath the dew point, which is frequently the floor. When the ambient temperature goes up rapidly, along with the relative humidity, a sweating slab is likely to happen, because the humid air entering the space takes a lot less time to heat the air inside the space than it does the floor. This often leaves the slab cold enough for condensation to happen.
In some cases, when salt deposits are present on the concrete floor, the floor sweats as well. Salt draws moisture from the surrounding air as well as from the concrete. Sometimes moisture develops inside the concrete, pushing the salt in the mixture to the surface, where it attracts more moisture.Learn more about Heating & Cooling
Acid stain a concrete floor by preparing the room, applying the stain, neutralizing the acid and applying a sealer. Every concrete slab reacts differently with the acid stain, so colors and patterns vary.Full Answer >
To stain a concrete floor, first clean it well, and then apply a concrete etching solution to open pores to hold the stain. Let the solution sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing the floor. Mop the etching solution up with water, and evenly apply the stain with a pump sprayer.Full Answer >
To remove thinset from a concrete floor, pry up large pieces with a chisel, dislodge the remaining pieces with a straight hoe, and disguise the residue with latex mortar. The supplies required are safety goggles, a hammer, a chisel, a straight hoe, latex thinset mortar and a trowel.Full Answer >
Prepare the concrete floor by cleaning the concrete, applying metal strips at the doors, filling any voids and applying a self-leveling primer. Mix the self-leveling concrete, and pour it over the floor. Large areas require two people: one to mix and one to pour.Full Answer >