How To Stain Wooden Floors

How To Stain Wooden Floors

Stain Wooden Floors Like A Professional

The best tips for transforming wooden floors

Taking on a DIY project for wood staining can be a simple project, and with our tips you'll be finished it no time. 

What You'll Need

Important Information

Wood staining involves the application of a coat of stain onto a freshly sanded wood surface. Whether you're planning to alter the wood's colour or enhancing its natural grain patterns, proper preparation of the surface is essential before diving into the staining process.

Certain types of wood, such as pine or cherry, are soft and porous, making them prone to blotchiness when stained. To prevent this, it's recommended to apply a coat of pre-stain conditioner before beginning the staining process.

When choosing a stain, consider the colour palette of your room and how it would complement your existing decor. Additionally, you'll need to consider whether you'll be needing water-based or oil-based stains based on the type of wood you're working with. Water-based stains are ideal for softwoods and offer a wide range of colour options, while oil-based stains are best suited for hardwoods like oak or maple, bringing out their intricate grain patterns.

Sanding The Floor

To kick off the staining process, begin by sanding the wood surface with progressively finer grit sandpapers, starting from 120-grit and moving up to 220-grit, ensuring to go with the direction of the grain. This ensures a smooth and even surface for the stain to adhere to. After sanding, wipe away any remaining dust with a tack cloth.

How To Apply Stain

Apply oil-based stains with a paintbrush, roller or clean rag. Water-based stains can be applied with a foam brush or synthetic bristle brush. For deep grain woods, ensure to work the stain into the grain by applying in a circular motion. Otherwise, apply the stain evenly in the direction of the wood grain.

After applying the stain, wipe off any excess and allow it to permeate the wood for the recommended duration. Typically, oil-based stains require five to fifteen minutes, whereas water-based stains should be promptly wiped off within two minutes of application.

Seal The Stain

Once the stain has dried completely, usually within two to three hours for water-based stains and four to six hours for oil-based stains, apply a sealer to protect and enhance the wood's colour and shine. For a smooth finish, it is recommended to lightly sand the surface with 220-grit sandpaper between sealer coats.

And now your floor should be looking brand new. 

We provide a wide range of wood stains, suitable for most project types, take a look here.

With this information, you should hopefully feel ready to take on your project, but if you still require any expert advice, please contact us on: or 0161 9600217 

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