Staining Hardwood Floors

Staining is an excellent way to change the look of hardwood flooring without losing the natural beauty and character of the wood floors.

About Staining

Staining is only one part of the hardwood floor refinishing process, but it can have the biggest impact on the appearance of your floors. Staining is an excellent way to change the look of hardwood flooring without losing the natural beauty and character of the wood floors. When considering refinishing your floors, you may decide to restore them back to their natural state. In that case no stain would be needed since the sanding and finish coats will make your floors as good as new. In other cases staining is essential in order to drastically change the aesthetic feel in your home.

Custom Stains

Style changes. Fortunately wood flooring is always in style, whether yours are natural or stained a darker tone. Having said that, Interior Design trends will sometimes favour one end of the colour spectrum over another. If change is what your after than nothing adds more class, tradition or originality to your home than a custom stain to your hardwood floors. A custom stain allows you the flexibility of choosing tan, brown or other woodsy colors associated with hardwood or it can branch out to include deep reds or muted grays.

Flooring stains are available in an almost endless range of shades. Once applied the tones may vary slightly, depending on the type of wood being stained. For example, a soft wood floor made from Fir or Birch may stain darker and appear richer in color due to the fact that the stain penetrates deeper. At the same time, the soft wood floors can have a tendency to be blotchy when stained, making an even application of the stain difficult. Typical density hardwood floors like Oak stain easily and consistently. In fact the colour samples provided by the stain manufacturer are produced on Oak. Whether or not your hardwood will stain consistently is not something you will have to worry about as our staff will be able to determine what type of hardwood floors you have, and recommend a stain to match the color scheme you desire.

Staining Process

Now that you picked a color that works for you. What’s involved in changing your floor to that color? Unfortunately, unlike painting you cannot simply apply stain over the existing hardwood. Similar to the process of refinishing any hardwood floor, staining first calls for the removal of the existing finish on your floor. All traces of your old hardwood floor finish must be sanded off until you get down to the original wood grain. Following that an extensive and scrupulous sanding procedure must be followed. Once complete, the floors are ready to accept stain and the staining process can begin.

If you think you would be interested in getting a custom stain done on your floors give us a call and we would be more than happy to come by and help you pick out a stain that’s right for you.