Raising Cain's is a restaurant in Las Vegas that Floor Seasons Inc., North Las Vegas, Nev., was contracted to do in November 2008. It took a crew of four artists approximately one week to complete the project. The architect who designs the floors for Raising Cain's specifies that each floor should be unique. This makes the project unique for Floor Seasons, which has done three other Raising Cain's restaurants, each with a different floor pattern.
The day after the concrete slab was poured, Floor Seasons used an upright linear saw, a peanut grinder, and an Engrave-A-Crete radius saw to cut in the intricate floor pattern at 1/4-inch depth, since it was easier for crews the have the pattern finished before the walls were built. When it was time to install the finished floor, the first step was sterilizing it. Floor Seasons used FRP cut in 6 x 8-inch strips and slid into the sawcuts to keep colors separated. After the grid pattern was put in, all corners, holes, and joints were covered with duct tape to give it stability. Then five different Stain-Crete acid stains were applied in their designated areas.
Floor Seasons applied one color at time, marking each pump clearly to ensure that there was no confusion between colors. Colors were sprayed 4 to 5 inches above the ground to make sure that no spray went over the top of the FRP. In some tight areas, a spare 5-inch board was added to the FRP to further insure that colors did not mix. The stain was allowed to bake (or dry) overnight.
The next morning, Floor Seasons spot-sprayed any areas that appeared too light in color, then carefully removed the FRP section by section. Afterwards, the floor was residued with baking soda and water, and crews were mindful of where water was to ensure there was no mixing of the still-reactive stains. The residuing process was repeated, and when the floor was dry, a coat of acetone-based sealer was applied. Grout was then applied to make the design stand out and to comply with health department regulations. The excess grout was cleaned from the floor, and a final coat was sealer was applied to seal in the grout, make cleaning easier, and give the floor a more durable finish. Finally, four coats of commercial-grade wax were applied to finish the floor.