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Staining your Floor: How and Why?

Posted on February 10th, 2014 In: Wood Floor Sealing & Varnishing Articles

640px-WoodstainerWhat are the benefits of staining?

One of the biggest benefits of wood staining wood is longevity. Staining can help preserve the lifespan of wooden floors, breathing new life into old features. It can also help protect the wood from spillages and water damage, as well as other conditions including dry rot. Of course beyond the benefits to the health of the floor itself, there is an obvious aesthetic quality which staining can provide. Lifeless, dull flooring can be transformed and given a rich, vibrant new colour, which can make a room come alive, and make it a very attractive proposition for potential buyers.

How do I prepare to stain my floor?

One of the first steps to take is the preparation of the area you plan to stain. Any damaged or rotten boards need to be removed and replaced. Once this has been done the floor needs to be sanded using a large machine sander, with an edge sander used to sand the corners and edges. Finally, fine sanding by hand is required to make sure that all of the marks, scratches, and inconsistencies are evened out. Now you are ready to stain the floor.

How do I stain my floor?

Before you start, you need to ensure you have purchased the correct stain for your wooden floor. Some wood types will require a water-based stain, while others will need an oil-based stain. In order to determine this, it is always advisable to consult an expert. Some stains will have a finish included, while others do not, so it is well worth finding out which stain type is most appropriate for your needs

Once you have chosen your stain, much like with sanding, it is worth practicing on a piece of scrap wood to get an idea of how thickly you want to apply the stain, and whether you want to use a brush or a rag. Both are fine, but will produce slightly different effects. Staining is permanent, so it’s worth taking your time and getting it right. Once you’ve applied the stain to the floor itself and it’s dry, you can apply the finish.

The verdict?

Staining a floor is relatively simple, and very cost effective. Although it may take a few hours, with the correct preparation and expert help, you can watch your wooden floors undergo a complete metamorphosis, and the value of your home could potentially rocket.

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