HARDWOOD FLOORING STAINING
Staining a hardwood floor properly pays off in having a beautiful finish and enduring protection. Staining and sealing hardwood floors the right way last for years and give you the peace of mind to focus on you life and not worry about your floor.
Anyone who's tackled a hardwood floor staining job can tell you it's a mess, starting with the removal of the previous finish. Hardwood flooring professionals have the knowledge and experience to give your wood floors a quality new finish. They also have the proper equipment to handle the job efficiently, including power sanders to remove the existing finish and to prepare the wood to accept new stain. Unless you have experience in this area, it is not advisable to stain hardwood floors by yourself.
If you decide to give it a try, here are the steps you need to follow:
- Sand the floor and vacuum all the dust.
- Apply evenly the stain with a rag or roller following the grain of the wood.
- Finish with a coat of polyurethane after the first coating dried out.
- Apply a second coat of polyurethane six to eight hours later.
Remember that the beauty of wood is its natural variation. The finished appearance of wood depends of course on the stain color you use, the species of wood you are finishing, any pre-treatments you perform and how much stain you apply. Even two pieces of the same species of wood can vary in its natural color, effecting the final perception. That's why it's important to try several different stain colors on a sample of the same kind of wood as your flooring to get a good idea of the final result.