Staining Hardwood Flooring

The key to staining your hardwood floors and achieving a beautiful durable finish is going to be in the preparation. The surface that you will be applying the stain to must be sanded and thoroughly cleaned of all dust before even starting your project. The biggest mistake that people make staining wood floors is failing to remove all the dust before beginning.

Prepping Your Hardwood Floors

Before you apply the new finish to your floor you will want to fill any cracks or holes and clean any stains in the wood. Try bleaching out tough to clean stains caused by blood or wine. After using wood filler on the cracks you will have to lightly sand the spot one more time and clean it thoroughly. Once you are absolutely sure that the surface is entirely clean you are ready to begin.

Ready for Hardwood Floor Staining

Now that you ready to stain the floor you must decide if that is really what you want to do. Many woods have a natural beauty that can be left unstained and finished with several coats of polyurethane. At this point it is also a good idea to apply a floor sealer before applying stain or urethane especially if you are working with a soft wood. Stains come in a wide variety of colors so before making your selection make sure you are happy with the color you have chosen. It is not like painting a wall where if you do not like the result you can easily paint right over.

Applying Hardwood Floor Stain

Stain can be applied to your floor using rags, rollers or brushes. The important thing to remember is to apply it very evenly across the entire surface. If you need more than one can of stain make sure you mix all of your stain together first for consistency. Brush or roll on the stain and then wipe it off with a rag. The amount of time you allow between applying the stain and wiping it off will determine how dark the finish will become. The longer you leave the stain on the deeper the color.

You will want to apply several coats of clear polyurethane to the stained floor once you are done to make sure that it will wear well. Many manufacturers will recommend that you buff the stained floor before applying the clear coat.