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Exotic Hardwood Floors: the Issue of Staining

Posted on January 21st, 2012 In: News

Consumers who have exotic hardwood floors in their homes sometimes wonder about staining them. They may not know whether tropical woods take to stains as readily as more common kinds of trees used for flooring materials. The simple fact is that they do. Even though exotic woods have a natural beauty all their own, staining them can help to create a colour from plank to plank that is more consistent. It can also help to protect the wood from exposure to the harsh impact of the sun’s rays, which over time can bleach unstained wood.

Advice for Staining Exotic Hardwood Floors

First, you must remove any existing stain, finish, or sealer that sits atop the surface of the wood. This is best done by hiring a professional firm to do the work. London floor sanding services are widely available; such companies will do a thorough and quick job of sanding down your hardwood floors to reveal a fresh layer of new wood to be stained.

Once floorboard sanding has been completed, consumers can proceed to the actual staining itself. The best practice is to select a colour of stain that closely matches the very darkest boards you have on your floor. Select your shade only after all existing boards have been sanded clean so that you can truly see the wood’s natural hue.

As tropical woods can sometimes resist stains due to the natural water resistance of some species, consumers should consult a professional about the need for various procedures such as water popping or using a two-stage bleach.

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