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.
The most popular types of stains are oil-based, water-based and alcohol-based.