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Staining Wood Floors

Staining Wood Floors

Staining wood floors is a wonderful way to revamp the interior of your house in a cost-effective way. This article gives you details on how this procedure is done.
Saptakee Sengupta
Wooden floors are expensive and changing it involves a huge investment. To avoid such high expenses, you can opt for staining the wood instead. This process is often adopted by people for changing the interior d├ęcor of their house or to match up with the newly bought furniture. Staining is comparatively cheaper than complete replacement of the flooring. Moreover, it renders a fresh look to your house that will definitely appear more beautiful and luxurious. Usually homeowners hire professionals to stain their floor, but knowing the process will help you to understand the techniques implied.

An Overview

Before choosing the specific color you should keep certain things in your mind. The color of the stain must complement other elements inside your room. Choosing a dark color is the most easily available option as a texture of black or dark brown can be applied over any form of pre-existing hues. Things are a little difficult if you wish to create a lighter tone for your floor while it has been stained dark previously. You must also know the nature of the flooring and the quality of wood before applying the coats of color.

The first step involves treating the wooden floor so that the stain gets absorbed perfectly. The pretreatment process also depends on the type of flooring and the quality of the wood used. Go for a premium quality of wood conditioner for this purpose. This step is important for wood that absorbs stains in an uneven or different fashion. Read the instructions on the leaflet provided along with the pack. First the varnish is removed with the help of remover that is applied for at least 15 minutes. You can remove it either with a towel or a putty blade. Let the wood dry overnight before applying the stain. You can either stain it uniformly with black oil based paints or create different textures.

Staining the wooden floors darker with colors like brown, chocolate, coffee and black renders a traditional look to interiors. Dark wood floors can be blended with several other colors like rust, crimson, and shades of light brown. Conventional flooring patterns have wide range of designs that beautify the interiors of a house. However, the process of creating designs and patterns differs from applying a uni-color paint. The technique implied for creating dimensional colors is stacking with stains. Houses having light colored wooden flooring have a neat and much informal approach. However, choosing a color for your wood flooring is entirely your choice that should be guided by the presence of other elements inside your house.

The finishing touch is the most important aspect. It's usually done by applying polyurethane coats. This renders the floor glossy and shiny. The other alternative is coating with an oil based varnish to improve the texture of the wooden floor. Oil coated floored can be cleaned easily with any type of cleansers. Some wooden floors also require sanding prior to application of stains if the surface has become rough. The cost is dependent upon the quality of the paint, sandpaper, varnish, conditioner, and finishing. This further depends on the quantity of the materials used and the area of the floor.