Rated 3.3 out of 5Â by 15
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Jimmy Do not use for acid staining!
You cannot follow the directions on the bottle and get great results if you acid stain an interior concrete floor. I diluted the etch 4 to 1 with water and used 1 1/2 bottles to clean 1800 sq. ft. I sprayed on using a pump sprayer and then scrubbed with a stiff bristle brush never allowing the floor to dry. I then sprayed the entire floor with water and squeegeed the water off. Once the floor dried it looked good but I noticed some bright white powder in areas (See Photo). I then went ahead and started staining and noticed the real problem (See Photo). The stain magnified the white areas and would not adhere to the concrete. (See Photo)
After wasting almost 2 bottles of Acid Stain I repeated the Etching process per the instructions on the bottle in the whiter areas with no success. I then had to used a 2800 psi power washer to get the white powder off my concrete. It took me two days messing with the Etch and Clean disaster.
I used the Eagle Acid Stain-Rustic, Eagle Neutralizer and Cleaner and Eagle Concrete Polish Gloss Floor Finish and I am very happy with the final results.
If I had to do it over again I would still use the Eagle products, just not the Etch and Clean. My concrete was in good shape to begin with and really only needed a good cleaning with a citrus degreaser.
October 29, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by yodathehutt Do not use before staining concrete!!!!
I read an earlier review warning of the same issues we saw and unfortunately was swayed by a few other positive reviews. We have an old house with very old concrete with a smooth surface so I thought I needed this to prep the surface. Unfortunately I was very wrong. The result was the stain did not take right wherever I applied this. For grins I left a small area untouched and washed with soap and water. I should have flipped the model. That is the only place that resulted in good color saturation. The rest of the floor with 2 coats of the dark rustic stain ended up instead in a very light orangy color. Absolutely ruined. So take heed of the negative reviews, steer clear of this product.
January 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by desertfixit Good stuff, but for acid staining?
It is a good product, plenty strong for purposes where other muriatic acid products fail. The bottle says for use as a prep in acid staining concrete, and some of the reviews mention this also. This is actually what prompted me to write a review.
I am a professional acid stainer, and I would hate for a beginner to ruin their acid stain job by using this. Acid stain works by reacting with the concrete. If you put this on the concrete, you will reduce that material in the concrete that the stain is supposed to react with. That means your stain will be lighter, less colorful, perhaps less permanent. You can mix it with acid stain if you want a more subtle shade of color, but using it ahead of time, inhibits how the stain is supposed to work.
If you want to clean concrete prior to staining, you are better of using a green or orange liquid detergent concentrate, then rinsing with water. If you want to clean concrete that you are not going to be acid staining, then this product works great.
The one instance where it makes some sense to use prior to acid staining concrete, is when the concrete has been over troweled to a very slick surface, and you want to open the pores and provide a little texture, but you must work very quickly, or dilute the product, otherwise you will ruin your concrete for acid staining purposes.
November 21, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by LadyConcreteWorker Not Used for the Wet Look
I understand that most people use this to obtain the wet look on concrete. I used the product to etch/clean 100-year-old concrete around the base of my home (I used this INSTEAD of muriatic acid). I mixed it 50-50, poured it on, and used a wire brush. Then, let it soak for 15 minutes. I could tell it was doing what I needed to do. Then rinsed it several times and applied concrete over the old (with bonding/fortifier agent included in concrete mix).
May 27, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by jhf10 Works Okay
While the Etch and Clean does work as claimed to etch and clean before staining, you really cannot clean this stuff off with just a few washes of neutralizer. I used this on an outside covered cement porch with a smooth finish. It did etch but I cannot say if it really cleaned the surface as I'd pressure washed the deck prior to using this product. Cleaning this stuff off requires extra effort to remove the residue prior to acid washing.
March 1, 2014