Staining Hardwood Flooring: What to Consider Before You Stain

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As a hardwood flooring company in Colorado Springs, we advise plenty of homeowners about staining hardwood flooring. Whether you’ve recently purchased unfinished wood, or you want to transform your space, your flooring is one of the grandest statements that you can make. With stain, you don’t have to replace floors to get a new look. However, staining is a larger process than some expect, so it’s important to be prepared. Here are the top things to consider when debating whether you stain your floors or not.

What Color Should I Stain My Hardwood Floors?

Choosing what stain would work best for your wood flooring is a big decision. One way to make sure the color fits is by considering the theme of the room. While dark has a dramatic flair, a light stain might make the room feel more open. In general, stained wood makes a room feel warmer. You can look at home magazines or take a trip down to the hardwood store to browse colors. Consider the color scheme of the room and the feeling you want it to have to help you determine the color that best fits your flooring.

What is the Condition of the Floor?

Before you decide on a stain color, really inspect your hardwood flooring. If you have blemishes or scratches in the wood, you might consider a darker stain, so to cover up those visual imperfections. However, lighter stain is easier to maintain because scratches and dents are much less visible if they happen.

Process of Staining Hardwood Flooring?

Staining is a popular DIY project for Colorado home owners. If you’re up for the task, here’s a general breakdown of how to stain your floors:

  1. Remove everything from the room. If you have carpet on the wood, you’ll have to pry it all up
  2. Sand the Flooring: rent a sander, or hire a professional
  3. Sweep and Mop: make sure all of the debris is picked up completely
  4. Apply Stain
  5. Apply Top Coat

Do I Need to Re-Finish my Hardwood Floors As Well?

Refinishing hardwood flooring involves sanding down the top layer of the floor, and then applying a new top coat and stain. Hardwood floors should be refinished if there are multiple blemishes, if there are planks bending upwards, or if the flooring is starting to age. Staining is a great option when you have unfinished wood or would like to change the look of newer wood. Staining still needs a sander to get rid of that top coat, however. Ask a professional flooring contractor if your floors need refinishing.

DIY or Professional?

Finally, it is important to consider who is going to be doing the staining—you or a contractor. When staining hardwood floors, it might be good to get an expert. Even the little things like applying the coat evenly or being aware of the baseboard can make a difference in the quality of your home. Because of this, it’s good to have a contractor who knows what they’re doing and who’s got your back.

Looking to Stain or Refinish your Hardwood Flooring? Contact G3!

G3 Hardwood Flooring is proud to be one of the best wood refinishing companies in Colorado Springs. We invest in top-grade equipment and training for our employees, so that you floors are in qualified hands. We can help with staining flooring, purchasing unfinished hardwood, re-finishing wood floors, and so much more. We service all of El Paso County and Denver. Contact us today for a free estimate!