Staining your hardwood floor can be a tricky and scary process. Stains are permanent so it is essential that you are confident in your choice of stain color. There are several choices when deciding on a hardwood floor stain and you might find yourself overwhelmed. Here are a few tips to prevent stress and avoid staining difficulties.
- Safety First- When staining a wood floor, make sure you protect your skin and eyes with the proper protection. We recommend wearing safety glasses and disposable rubber gloves.
- Test Strip- Test your stain color on a scrap piece of wood to ensure you like the color before you start staining your entire floor.
- Blotches- To prevent blotches on wood, apply a thick coat of wood conditioner before you stain. The conditioner needs 15 minutes to dry before you apply your stain. It is not necessary to sand the floor after the conditioner dries.
- Oil Based Stains- Stir stain thoroughly before applying. This will prevent the dyes and pigments of the stain from settling on the bottom of the can and ensure an even looking stain. If you choose to use an oil based stain, make sure the room is well ventilated.
- No Fumes- If you do not want to deal with the fumes that come along with an oil based stain, try using a water-based stain. Water-based stains come in a large variety of colors and can be applied the same way as oil based stains. Basic Coatings® has a large variety of water based products for your needs! Make sure you check it out at basiccoatings.com.
- How to Apply- Apply stain with a brush or a rag, depending on your preference. If you choose to use a brush, work with the grain and against it. Apply a nice, even and thick coat of stain on the wood. For a lighter tone, make sure you wipe the stain off immediately. For a darker stain, let the stain sit for five to ten minutes before wiping off. Be sure to wipe off the excess stain going in the direction of the grain to guarantee the stain gets into the wood opposed to settling on top.
- Water And Oil Do Not Mix- Do not mix a water based stain and an oil based stain. If you want to mix stains to create your own customized color, make sure that the stains are made by the same manufacturer and are both either water based or oil based. Measure the amounts of each stain used and write it down so you can duplicate the mix if necessary.
Micah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com