STAINING and Pre-Color Treatments
Applying stain or a pre-treatment to your hardwood floor allows you to transform them into something really special and unique. Many homes here in Los Angeles have oak floors in them. If you’re not a fan of natural oak floors, then staining is the answer to completely changing up their appearance.
You can have a completely new look that will transform your home without having to spend huge amounts of money replace the flooring.
Recently many types of pre-treatments have become available from different finishing manufacturers, such as Rubio Monocoat. These are applied before the stain goes down, or even without stain. With the mix of these two products you have unlimited creative color options.
EXTRA STEP 1Planetary sander
A special planetary sander is used to fine sand the entire floor, up to the perimeter. There may be multiple passes depending on the floor. This ensures a consistent, very fine sanding pattern across the entire floor.
EXTRA STEP 2Handheld random
Then palm sanders are used around the edge of the perimeter where the planetary sander can’t reach. After the extra sanding passes we hand sand all corners and areas that can’t be reached by the machines.
EXTRA STEP 3Tape off areas
With the sanding completed, areas that won’t be stained, like transitions and carpet edges, are taped off to protect them. Last thing you want is stain all over the edges of your carpet, tile or vinyl.
EXTRA STEP 4Water pop the
floor to raise
Water-popping raises the wood grain removes any last trace of sanding marks and ensures the stain goes down even. It also gives the floor a richer, deeper stain color. Water-popped floors are extremely delicate. Any compression of the fibres from walking on it wrong will leave invisible compression marks on the floor and the whole floor will need to be re-sanded again.
EXTRA STEP 5Finally the
floor can be
Now the stain goes on. It’s critical that it gets applied fast and evenly. We can’t have any lap marks. The whole teams need to be very efficient at working together and not causing any compression marks on the water-popped floor. This part of the staining process is the most stressful.
Considering having your floors stained?
Whether your preference is dark floors, light floors, reds, greys or browns, I’m certain you’ll have no issue finding a color that perfectly matches the style of your home.
There are a LOT of colors and shades to choose from.
When we come out to provide an estimate, let us know you’re considering this option and we’ll fill you in on some more details. We have a large collection of stain samples for you to look through. You can choose your favorite colors and see how they look next to your furniture and fixtures.
If you would like some help to choose a stain color, we’re more than happy to lend our professional expertise.
Just ask us when we come out to provide you with your quote.
HAPPY CLIENT feedback
Marcos did an awesome job on our floors. He is honest. He does quality work. He really exceeded my expectations in every way. After our white oak floors were done they were perfect. White back ground with grey LOBA stain was perfect. He is exceptional! I would definitely hire him again for my next house.Rich T. - Santa Monica, CA | 5 Star Review on Yelp