Timber floors and natural timber staircases can look stunning. The natural beauty of timber is like nothing else. With the right floor sanding equipment, a good quality floor stain, and a bit of know-how, you can achieve what looks like a whole new staircase and floor. However, you do need to put in a bit of effort to prepare, protect and maintain the timber beneath your feet.
Here at Southern Stain in Melbourne, we are often asked how to prepare timber floors and stairs for staining and polishing, in order to achieve the best results. Here’s what you need to do.
You will need; timber putty, a putty knife, floor sanding equipment and sandpaper, timber staircase and floor stain, clear topcoat, paintbrushes and other suitable types or staining applicators.
Fill The Holes
Fill all holes and imperfections with timber putty using a putty knife. Try to match the colour of the timber putty to the shade of the timber as closely as you can.
When the timber putty has dried, sand the timber to remove any excess putty and scratches, and to smooth the surface. We recommend using 120 grit sandpaper and always sand in the same direction as the grain of the wood.
At Southern Stain, we use commercial floor sanding equipment to achieve a clean, non-contaminated surface on which to apply your choice of stain.
Read the instructions on the label of your timber stain to see whether you need to stir it, how many coats you need to get the result you want, and whether you should apply your timber stain with a brush, sponge or lint-free cloth.
Test an Area
Test the stain on a small, discrete area of your floor so you can be sure it’s exactly the shade you want. If it’s not the right shade for you, it’s better to find out now, before you apply the stain to the whole floor.
Effective Floor and Stair Staining
- When you apply the stain to your floor, start at the point that is furthest away from the door. That way, you don’t have to walk over the newly stained floor when you have finished.
- According to the instructions on the label, you might need to apply additional coats of stain to get the shade you want. Be patient. Wait for the stain to dry before you apply the next coat.
- Once the stain is dry on your timber floor and staircase, we recommend that you add a top coat of clear stain to protect it from damage.
Hire Us at Southern Stain
By hiring the experts, you can achieve gorgeous timber floors and staircases that look like new without the hassle and expense of replacing them. At Southern Stain, we offer timber staircase staining and timber floor polishing throughout Melbourne and the surrounding areas. As part of our service, we can advise you on how to look after your freshly stained timber floors and staircases. We will recommend the correct cleaning product to ensure longevity and keep your floors and stairs looking their best. For timber floor and stair polishing for your home, get in touch with us.