How to Stain Your Wooden Floors
Have you installed unfinished hardwood, or want to give your existing hardwood floors a new look? Freshen up the vibe of your wooden floors and incorporate an exciting new feature in your home by staining them! Years of wear and tear can do a number on wooden floors, but the good news is that hardwood’s versatility can give your wooden floors new life with a little staining! Read on to learn how to stain wood floors.
Materials You Will Need To Stain Your Wooden Floors:
- Safety Goggles
- Dust Mask
- Electric Sander
- Bucket With Water/Wood Floor Cleaner
- Paint Tray
- Painters Tape
Prep Your Wooden Floors
- Wash your floors and make sure the floor where you will be staining is cleaned thoroughly. Vacuuming and mopping is recommended.
- Begin by putting on your safety goggles and dust mask to prevent any dust from irritating your eyes and lungs.
- Apply painters tape if necessary to protect other areas from accidental splashes. Stain, unsurprisingly, can stain other things just as easily as the floor you want covered, so take extra caution here.
Sand Before Floor Staining
- Using a floor sander, sand the floor completely. This may take some time, but you need to stain over a properly sanded surface for optimal results.
- Vacuum and mop over the floor again once you have finished sanding it.
- Using either a paint tray or the can, dip the sponge into the stain and apply it to the floor. Always go with the grain of the floor, not against for an easier and more consistent staining.
- Make sure you stain from one side to the other and squeeze out the sponge often so the stain applies equal amounts of coverage.
- You can choose a water repellent stain if you are staining the hardwood floors in your kitchen for extra protection from moisture damage.
- You can choose to use a paint brush for areas that need a little more of a precise application.
- Let the floors dry once completely stained. Overnight is probably long enough to assure it has dried thoroughly.
- Once completely dry, apply polyurethane over the stain. This will help coat the floor with an additional seal and will help reduce the possibility of chipping or overall wear and tear.
- Although not necessary, when applying the stain the length of time you let the stain sit will reflect how dark the finished product will appear.
- If you don’t want the stain to be too dark, you can always wipe away excess stain after you have applied it – this will lighten it up.
Now that you have learned how to stain your wooden floors, you probably discovered that it is much easier than you thought? The only downside to this is that it can take some time to sand your floors depending on how much surface area you choose to stain. If the floor staining doesn’t seem like something you can see yourself investing time into, Home Painters Toronto will invest their time – no problem at all! Call us NOW at 416-494-9095 or email [email protected]!