To Stain Or Not To Stain?

Keith Clay Floors offers custom staining on both new and refinished hardwood floors. The question you may have is, do we stain or not? This process has many components to consider. Staining includes a very involved application procedure and requires an extensive amount of preparation and work in order to be successful. If this flooring application is something you are thinking about doing, we invite you to read the rest of this article and then give us a call to discuss your particular case. We offer staining after a consultation, and a clear understanding of the results you desire.

We believe that the staining process does require a professional woodworker with in-depth experience in staining. This professional flooring company needs to be acquainted with all types of wood flooring on the market. Some hardwood species take stains readily, while others can be very troublesome to achieve the desired result. Keith Clay Floors can provide this quality service for you. The next question is, what type of floor are you considering for the staining process?

What About Older Hardwood Wood Floors, Can They Be Stained?

Older floors may accept a color change, and some are easy yet some are very difficult to work with. Regardless of the floor, all staining, requires a complete refinish of the hardwood floor, and removal of all the existing finish and the color that has penetrated into the surface of the wood itself. The amount of sanding of the flooring will be dependent on how deep the stain has penetrated into the pores of the wood, as well as the original stain color.

Color changes from a more neutral or natural finish to a darker stain will be easiest to complete, since little or no staining was done after the original installation. However, if you are considering a change from very dark to a very light color, understand this will entail more sanding of the bare wood. For beveled type floors hand scraping will be necessary. Any of these processes will increase time and cost involved, and will need to be considered in the budget.

Preparation Is Critical!

When considering any color change, time and preparation are imperative. This is true, not only when existing finishes are removed, but when removing cleaners that have been used over the years. You may not know what has been used, but failure to remove all substances is very likely going to cause unknown results.

This also pertains to bare wood floors. You may think nothing has been used, but take your chances and it may not be a pleasant experience. Keith Clay Floors recommends strongly that you call us to come out and examine for these telltale signs. Our staff has years of practical experience and has seen many of these warning signs that can adversely affect the final outcome.

Can Engineered Floors be stained?

Depending on the actual veneer or wear layer of an engineered floor, color changes may not be possible with traditional methods because there isn’t enough actual hardwood that can be sanded to bare wood. Only the manufacturer will likely have the information you need to make the best decision. Together we can find out what you need to know.

How Long Does The Process It Take?

Each job varies due to type of wood, colors and prep involved, as well as size of the project and weather conditions. If for example we are using an example of a 500 square foot, square room with furniture moved and ready to go. An experienced professional will require at least two days for a water based finish, while an oil based will usually require at least three days. Other more uncommon applications can take longer, just as inclement weather conditions can affect the drying times of stains and finishes. Keith Clay Floors can come out and discuss the options with you based on the type of floor in question.

Keith Clay Floors will allow plenty of time and opportunity for patch testing before staining the entire area. A final inspection, performed by the client before we begin, makes sure we have no surprises after the job is complete.

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.