Why should I stain and varnish my floor?
Staining of wooden floors can help matching floors with the rest of interior or achieve desired overall visual effect. There many different ways of changing the colour and pigment of the timber floors with few limitations, mostly dependent on timber and flooring type you have.
What should I be aware of?
Floor staining is difficult, finicky work, with unpredictable results. Even flooring professionals lose sleep over this process because there are dozens of variables that can make staining go wrong. And when it does go wrong, the only solution is to re-sand the floor and start all over from the beginning. Staining floors is a tricky business.
Unfortunately, inexperienced sanders (the very people who are most likely to want to stain your floors because they assume it is easy to do) tend to leave many deep cavities, scratches and gouges in the floors they sand. When the stain is rubbed into the wood, the colour is absorbed more deeply along the scratch lines than in the surrounding wood. In other words, staining a floor sanded by a beginner is a lot like putting a big, ugly tattoo on your floor.
To make things worse, the edger (the sanding machine) is particularly prone to leaving cross-grain scratches that, when filled with stain, are more obvious because they run against the main grain direction of the floor.
There is no greater proof of an amateur job than edger swirl and cross-grain scratches that have been highlighted with stain.
Be very careful while choosing the floor sanders in Melbourne area. There are many inexperience, self proclaimed “professionals”. Always ask them to show you their previous jobs. Make sure to protect yourself from damaged floors and future expenses.
VT Flooring is a business with over 10 years of experience in professional floor finishing. We are proud of our previous jobs and we are happy to share the results with you.