Where the Color Comes From
Staining is an optional step and is only used when you want to change the color of the wood in contrast to its “natural color.” If desired, it’s the first step in the finishing process. Any mistakes made in the sanding process are magnified by staining the floor. It takes great skill and experience to apply an even, blemish-free stain coat.
Staining is the right choice if:
- You want to change the color of the wood apart from its “natural color.”
- You want your floor to have a more uniform look.
- Your existing wood floor has slight water or pet stains that you would like to “cover up.” Darker stains can help blend in multiple pet stains. Repairing is the better option.
Types of Stain
The most popular types of stains are oil-based, water-based and alcohol-based.
Oil-Based: Oil based stains are easy to use and produce great results. However, they do leave a stronger odor than water-based stains and take longer to dry. These stains are the standard in the industry.
Water-based: Water-based stains dry quickly and have a low odor. However,achieving desirable results with water-based stains can be tricky and, therefore, are only used in unique circumstances.
Alcohol-based: Alcohol-based stains are very fast drying and can produce similar results as oil. On the downside, they dry so quickly, they can difficult to apply over large areas, such as floors, without leaving noticeable lap lines. These stains are usually only used in unique circumstances.