Staining hardwood Floors
Hardwood stain colors
The Examples shown to the right are but a single representation or shade of what the actual stain could look like on your hardwood floors. If we took a hardwood species like red oak, red oak has anywhere between 6-8 color tones that vary from light to dark with a mixed grain pattern. What does all this mean? For red oak, it means that the tones will also vary depending on the original tone of the hardwood.
The fact is, which ever color you choose, the stain will appear lighter on a light piece of oak then a darker piece of oak and vice verse. In "No Way" should you expect a pastel or even shade of stain when having your floors stained. Wood is an imperfect material and these differences can and will be amplified when staining your hardwood floors. It takes a lot of skill and knowledge to pull it off.
There are 3 phases to staining hardwood floors
a. The correct sanding sequence of hardwood floors-minimum 4 stages from rough to fine
b. The correct staining process of hardwood floors-depending on the color of stain, other steps and preparations may be required.
c. The correct final coating of polyurethane applied to hardwood floors.
Hardwood floors that can be stained
- Red Oak accept stain
- White Oak accept stain
- Maple is a tight grain floor and will appear blotchy if stained
- Walnut is too dark and should not be stained
Brazilian cherry is natural dark in color and should not be stained.