STAINING...change your floor color
A lot of homes here in New Jersey have either red or white oak flooring. Depending on your taste, you may not be in love with the look of oak floors in their natural state. Natural oak floors with oil based finishes tend to yellow over time and have that old-fashioned look to them.
If this is not your style, then you may want to consider staining them to totally change up the look and style of your home.
EXTRA STEP 1Multi-Head sander
with extra fine
After we get the floor to the state ready for finishing, if kept natural, we then sand the whole floor again. This time with finer sandpaper using a multi-head sanding machine. This procedure makes your floor as smooth as possible. It also removes the micro-sanding marks that would otherwise show up when the pigment in the stain hits it.
EXTRA STEP 2Random
Because the step above with the planetary sander can’t reach all the way to the edges, we use smaller hand held sanders for the perimeter. The exact same sandpaper is used as the multi-head sander to make sure to achieve the same surface preparation. The corners are hand sanded with the same sandpaper.
EXTRA STEP 3Areas need
to be taped off
Once the sanding is done we mask off any areas like carpet edges and transitions that won’t be stained. We're careful to not get any stain over your carpet, tile or linoleum. Stain can be very difficult to remove from these. We also take great care when staining around your baseboards and other wood work.
EXTRA STEP 4Waterpopping
is needed to
raise the grain
We next go through a process called water popping. This raises the grain to remove any small remaining sanding marks. It also makes the stain more even and gives a richer color. Waterpopped floors are extremely delicate. If the raised fibres are compressed by dragging a shoe across it, it will show through as a lighter area on the finished floor.
EXTRA STEP 5Lastly the
This is where we start applying the stain. We need to work very fast to apply the stain evenly as a team to make sure there are no lap marks… all the while making sure we don’t damage the raised fibres of the floor. If this happens, steps 1 to 5 need to be repeated. This is the most stressful part of the process.
Once these steps are done, we wait for the stain to dry (anywhere from 6 to 24 hours depending on product used, airflow, temperature, humidity etc.) before applying the first coat of finish.
Now you can see why a proper, professional stained floor costs extra. It’s almost twice the amount of work. But the end results are well worth it.
If you hire a business that doesn’t have the proper skills, things can go wrong very quickly. If a mistake is made – and there’s many failure points in the staining process – then your floor will most likely need to be re-sanded. That means time wasted and more wood taken from the surface of your floors.
For this reason, we encourage you to research a business’s staining skills before hiring them. Ask for references of previously stained floors too.
Considering having your floors stained?
Staining and pre-treatments can be requested for most hardwood floors for an additional cost. Before deciding on a final color, we will take you through some samples so you can see what each of your favorite color choices will look like on your floors.
Ask us about your different color options when we come out to provide a quote for your floors.
You're welcome to pop over to our showroom to see our large range of stain color samples in person. If that's not convenient, then take a look at the groupings of stain colors in the chart below. Choose your favorites and we can arrange to bring them over to your home. This way you can see exactly how they will look on your floor with the surrounding furniture to guarantee you’re happy with your choice.
If you would like any help to choose a stain color, we’re here to assist.
Just ask us when we come out to provide you with your quote.
HAPPY CLIENT feedback
So happy that we chose Dustless Hardwood Floors. Our floors look stunning and we couldn't be happier. They restored our old pine floor that had been covered in carpet for years. Wow! Couldn't believe how nice they turned out!! Brian and his crew were just terrific.Sharon Moran - Cherry Hill, New Jersey | 5 Star Review on Google