Top NJ Wood Floor Staining Services: Freshen Your Flooring Affordably
Staining your hardwood floor can add beauty and warmth to a room beyond what natural wood can provide.
Our hardwood floor staining services include helping you choose the best color for your room’s style, along with the professional refinishing prep and execution you’d expect from a top wood flooring contractor in New Jersey.
What is hardwood floor staining?
Hardwood floor staining is the process of applying a stain to hardwood floors, such as maple or oak, to increase vibrancy and bring out grain patterns.
The stains can be applied using dyes that range from light to dark and can be applied using brushes, rollers, or spray guns.
Are staining and refinishing the same thing?
No. Staining and refinishing are two different processes. Staining is simply applying an opaque color to the refinished surface. Finishing applies multiple coats or layers of clear coats to the surface and builds a shine on it.
It is always wise to hire established professionals like Mape Wood Floors II for your wood flooring needs.
But it is even more vital when it comes to staining. If you choose the wrong stain color or it is poorly applied, you can’t “paint over it.” The entire floor would need to be re-refinished, and staining would start again.
This would be a time-consuming and frustrating process. You can depend on us to get it right.
First, we help you select a stain that works best with your wood species, the amount of light filling the room, and the colors and styles of your decor. Then we carefully apply the stain, often in two coats.
We brush on the first stain coat for color, then use a pad or roller to apply a second finish for additional depth, shine, and smooth surface.
The benefits of staining your wood floor
Darker wood is elegant and adds value
Most hardwood species are naturally lighter than a room might require for maximum visual drama. Family and friends will marvel at your “new” beautiful hardwood floor.
Note how many upscale homes have a dark-colored floor to anchor the room and pull out its colors.
Also, note how these types of floor presentations can increase the perceived value of your home when it’s time to sell.
“Change your wood floors” without changing the wood
Do you wish you had a different hardwood floor that used a more expensive type of wood?
We can often turn light oak into a rich, natural-looking cherry.
(This is especially welcome because oak wood floors resist other beautifications such as inlaid herringbone or parquet designs.) Or how about mahogany? Or some dark-chocolate wood, even?
Staining brings out natural patinas and wood grain patterns
Your room’s visual interest will really pop.
You’ll see many inherent grain patterns that seemingly weren’t there before.
That’s because stain naturally concentrates its color as it fills crevices and gives the wood a more sheen-like finish.
You can better hide some minor hardwood floor stains
Even though you should clean up any spills or liquids immediately to prevent moisture damage, it’s good to know that a few dark spots or minor pet urine stains won’t be as noticeable as they would be on a lighter wood floor.
You can easily hide ink stains, dark stains, water stains, and other dark marks when you have a darker floor.
Forget DIY – leave the staining work to a professional contractor
During preparation, a poor sanding job can leave scratches and gouges.
And when a stain coat pools into those marks – no matter how fine they might be – those imperfections will be more prominent, and the floor will look over-patterned.
Your staining specialist must also know which types of wood don’t stain well. Without that knowledge, you might apply color to a stain-resistant wood, which will result in beading and other irreparable damage that requires complete refinishing.
Even if the type of wood is suitable for staining, an actual hardwood flooring professional knows how much stain to apply and when to stop.
Any wood can only absorb so much stain. Add more than that, and it will simply pool on the surface in what’s called “bleedback.” Your floor will be left with beading and a blotchy finish that will ruin its appearance.
And even if the floor is stained correctly, it can still be ruined by applying a floor finish that is incompatible with that stain.
Last, a true professional won’t rush the work.
Staining requires time to set before applying a finish. Any variations in humidity, temperature, or air movement can mess with the drying time.
If the finish is applied hurriedly, it will not bond and will likely smudge or peel away. And even an adequately applied finish coat needs time to dry before anyone enters the room.
Satisfaction guaranteed with warranty protection
From start to finish, Maple Wood Floors II will provide you with exceptional hardwood floor staining service.
We will thoroughly explain and guide you throughout the staining process. Contact us today for a free estimate, and soon you’ll have breathtakingly “new” beautiful floors at an affordable cost.
And ask about our other hardwood floor contracting business services!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can change the color of your floors when you refinish them.
Most hardwood floors can be darkened, lightened, reddened, or made any color in between. You must sand it down first and refinish it, and then you can apply a different stain to give it a new look.
You should wait at least 24 hours for the finish to dry.
Then apply a neutral cleaner and let that dry. You should wear socks for the next 24 hours, avoiding shoes or bare feet.
After 48 hours, it is safe to move furniture back into the room.
You can stain laminate floors because a thin layer of vinyl protects the underlying surface from damage.
Staining can add a vintage finish to laminates. First, you must clean and sand.
If you wish to remove the stain later, use a rubbing alcohol solution to help you lift the vinyl without tearing it.