We provide timber staircase sanding and polishing services to volume home builders, owner builders, boutique development companies, stair builders and real estate agent. The Southern Stain team are known for being friendly, helpful, punctual, clean and diligent. We pride ourselves in delivery high quality sand and polishing to new and existing staircases in a timely manner at competitive rates.

Alex and his team were exceptional. Very friendly, accommodating, great quality and always communicative. It was a pleasure employing them to stain and polish the wooden stairs.
Andre Coffa

Home owner

“Good, reliable, hardworking tradespeople are hard to find these days, thankfully Alex is one of them. Alex turned up on time, worked hard to get the job done and everything was completed to a very high standard. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend or use him again.”
Aaron White

Form & Function Design

“I cannot express how amazing Alex was through the process of helping us with our stairs! From my first enquiry via email right through to the end result. Alex was super knowledgeable with how and what to do to make our stairs look brilliant. I would highly recommend Southern Stain for anything stairs!”
Kylie Stride

Home Owner

“Amazing and very skilled operator. It’s a hard thing thing to find these days. Meticulous and clean.”
Jason Mackintosh

Mackintosh Floor Sanding

Couldn’t ask for better service. Professional, reliable & did a great job on a difficult project. Highly recommended.
Rachel Sinclair

Built by Luxe

Great workmanship, very reliable and accommodating. We look forward to working together again on future projects.

Brock Spence Construction

Thank you, Alex, for your assistance with our project. First-class service.
Marcus Hamilton

Home Owner

So happy with the service from Southern Stain, Hayden’s attention to detail and quality of work exceeded my expectations. Would highly recommend using their services.
Eliza Walker

Home Owner

Our brand new home had some defects to be fixed at the 3 months maintenance period. One of our concerns was the staircase railing there was a chunk of wood missing. Hayden (Southern Stain) was sent to us. His workmanship is absolutely professional and beautiful. He fixed the defect and with sanding and repainting of the staircase railing he has brought out the beautiful colour of the wood.
Maggie Mccaig

Home Owner

Professional to deal with & top quality workmanship on a very high-end project. Very happy clients at the completion of the build.
Kristian Doddato

Home Owner

The timber stairs had been carpeted from construction and I was hoping to have them stained instead. While I had some uncertainties as to what the end result would be, Alex assured me that he could achieve what I was looking for and he and his team have delivered.
The preparation, colour match to the existing timber floor and the excellent finish are all first class. When a difficult and delicate job is to be done, get the professionals who know what they are doing.
Thank you, Alex and crew.
Adam Kuner

Home Owner

We recently worked on a project with Southern Stain and were extremely impressed with their communication and professionalism and high-quality workmanship. Would definitely recommend!
Jane McMenaman

Home Owner

Thanks to Alex and his team for his work during our recent renovations. Would highly recommend. Very professional, responsive and great end product.
Travis Knox

Home Owner

“Alex and his team are so easy to work with. They just come in and get the work done to an acceptation level. No-fuss, no issue, just great workmanship. Exactly what you want.

Staircase Constructions

Alex is professional, reliable and does great work. We will use him again on future projects.
Emily Ainley


I first found Southern Stain on Google after not being happy with the finish of our Hardwood stairs on our projects as they came up a bit rough.
Once I spoke to Alex I was confident he knew how to resolve the issue and even gave me advice as to how to best fix the issue that the previous tradesperson had created.

The next job I gave to Southern Stain to take care of, they were prompt and upfront with what was going on and finished the job as promised. Stairs and handrails look and feel great, which is very important for me and my clients.

Highly recommend using Alex and his services.
Lazar Milosevic

Home Owner

“Alex has done an amazing job on our stairs. I love our new stairs and the colour is exactly what I had hoped it would turn out to be. He is also very easy to deal with, works efficiently and came out on time and got the job finished in the time frame as promised. Highly recommend.”
Alison Le

Home Owner

Alex and the guys at Southern Stain are absolute professionals in their field and are fully equipped with the right gear for an exceptional job. I am a staircase manufacturer and would highly recommended the Southern Stain team to any of my clients for an A1 finish.
Brad Griffiths

Going Up Stairs

Alex from Southern Stair Staining has delivered an excellent outcome for one of our homes. He was very courteous to deal with, great, clear, timely communication re the process, when works would be completed, and he kept to his times. The stain colour is very even, and stairs look and feel fantastic. Plus he was able to provide the correct safety compliance documentation . I look forward to having another stair stained!
Monique Robinson

Site Manager, Inner Urban, Metricon

I used Southern Stain for my new home and apart from the great job, I think Alex was very professional and in the end that is what really matters.
Frank Smarrelli

Home Owner

“Alex was so helpful and prepared our home for sale. We could not be happier.”
Jo Ellis

Home Owner

Thank you to southern stain. Great Friendly service and would highly recommend.
Sheridan Seale

Home Owner

Recently had our stairs completed by Southern Stain and couldn’t be happier. Alex was great. His attention to detail was 2nd to none. Highly recommended!
Haydn Trotter

Home Owner

Great to deal with, and a great end product, I would highly recommend.
Joel Acquroff

Home Owner

Great job done. I will use them again. My staircase looks shining and brand new.
Ky Lee

Home Owner

Alex is a top-quality bloke and a pleasure to do business with. He has the key ingredients so often lacking when one entrusts someone to do a great job for you in your own home.

Alex and his team are true professionals in the art of stair polishing. They are SPECIALISTS in this area and I will only trust Alex to do work on stairs if we ever moved or built a new home.

Here are 5 reasons why my wife and I have been so impressed with Southern Stain, owned by Alex Gay:

1. Alex is HONEST. No sales pitches, no overselling – just honest advice to help his customers make the right choice when it comes to their stairs.

2. He is VERY RESPONSIVE any time on weekends when most businesses don’t get back to you. He looks after you and is there for the long-term relationship rather than a quick “sell” and move onto another new customer.

3. Alex is PROFESSIONAL. Not only in the way he does business, but also in the art of stair polishing. We had marks on our stairs which were almost brand new. Like a maestro with a violin, Alex is fully geared up with high tech equipment. He removed the original sealant, sanded down the treads to their core, applied his magical touch and resealed the treads. He returned 1 week later to add 1 final coat of sealant, as arranged.

4. Alex is RELIABLE. The guy never let me down and even if he was a few minutes delayed in rain, he gave me a heads up.

5. Alex is PASSIONATE. He is highly knowledgeable and shares his knowledge with customers. He has a keen eye for detail to ensure the job is 100% perfect so that he himself has ticked off that the job is done to the highest standard. He even went the extra mile and gave my wife and I a specially formulated tread cleaner as a gift, so we can ensure the stairs look like they do now.

Give Alex a go and don’t haggle on price. Trust me when I say that, as a brand-new customer, I was not disappointed. The work he’s done is award-winning – check out the before and after photos for yourself.

If you’d like me to support this testimonial verbally, please pm me. It is my pleasure to support Alex – the magician.

Alex, thank you mate. 10 out of 10.

Hylton Rubinstein

Home Owner

Alex & Jed from Southern Stain completed our brand new staircase at our new Toorak residence. The customer service was exceptional from start to finish. Alex knew more about timber and stain then anyone I had met before.

Will definitely be recommending Southern Stain to friends and family in future.

Thanks, Alex & Jed

Adam Tribuzio

Home Owner

“I recently moved into my new house and really disliked the colour of the stairs. Alex came over to share his expertise. No nonsense approach and easy to get along with. I quickly developed a strong sense of trust.

Alex and his team did a wonderful job. I couldn’t be happier. Would recommend to anyone.

Brad Wicherson

Home Owner

Alex and the team at Southern Stain are one of the best subcontractors we’ve had the pleasure to deal with. Very professional and quality of workmanship is unmatched. Looking forward to having them on our next project! Well done team!
George Passas

Pascon Group

Incredibly happy and I would highly recommend Southern Stain to anyone wanting a high end finish and professional and floorless result!! Thankyou Alex for your meticulous work!!
Elizabeth Diprose

Home Owner

We use Southern Stain to sand and stain our stairs, landings and feature screens across the homes we build in the suburbs of Melbourne.

I cannot fault the team at Southern Stain and would highly recommend them. They provide an exceptional service not often seen these days in any business.

The finished product, the service and follow up is brilliant. Makes one aspect for of the job a very easy process as a valued aspect of the construction journey.
Ross Mccallum

Thomas Archer Homes

Not many tradies will do stairs but Alex and Ron are the ones to rely on.
Professional and fantastic customer service.

Ours was a difficult project to match with several timbers but the result was perfect. Just what we asked for. And a reliable team who come when they say they will show up.
Many thanks and I highly recommend them.
Julie Lang

Home Owner

Ben from Southern Stain did an amazing job – their attention to detail, effort and care was exemplary.
As the builders had left paint spots and splatters on the raw timber they needed to take an extra day to sand all this back to ensure the preparation was perfect for the varnish coats.
The result is incredible – the builders have been back through and were so impressed with the work, saying it was the highest quality they had seen.
We are thrilled with the outcome and I would not hesitate to recommend the team for your stairs – if you want to make them a real standout feature of your house, there is no other option but Southern Stain!!
Thanks, guys for your care, approach and skill.
Jon Stone

Home Owner

We were agonising for so long over what colour to stain our stairs but then luckily for us, we found Alex who guided us through the options and made the decision so simple for us and took all the stress out of the decision making.

 Alex’s professionalism is first class and you will rarely meet someone that is so passionate about his craft, so willing to share his expert knowledge, go above and beyond without any hesitation to meet his customer needs and genuinely cares and wants the best thing by the customer. I very rarely write reviews but was compelled to do so after my fantastic experience with Alex.

I highly recommend Alex. See for yourself and give him a call – he’s an absolute top professional and always willing to assist and share his knowledge.”

Shapur Momandwall

Home Owner

Can’t recommend these guys enough. They are reliable and take pride in their work always making sure the customer is happy. Alex and his team are always punctual, reliable and professional. Can’t fault them. Thanks, guys for your work!


Home Owner

Alex and his team were exceptional. Very friendly, accommodating, great quality and always communicative. It was a pleasure employing them to stain and polish the wooden stairs.

Andre Coffa

Home Owner

Alex and Jed did an amazing job on our stairs. They are passionate professionals that care about quality service and craftsmanship of their work. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Camilla Brockett

Home Owner

Excellent friendly service. Really happy with the results! Would highly recommend.

Alex Cittadini

Home Owner

We used Alex and his crew to stain our Staircase. Alex was quick with his quote and very reasonably priced. He communicated well and completed the job on time.

We are extremely happy about the job that they have done. Highly recommend him and his crew.

Matt Watkins

Home Owner

We had our stairs polished by another contractor and were bitterly disappointed with the result. We reached out to Alex and the team for help. They promptly came out to quote and provided us with expert knowledge and a competitive price.

After a few days work they brought our staircase to the original glory intended.
I can’t recommend Alex enough to anyone that asks.

Mark Furness

Home Owner

“Alex prides himself on his business southern stain and provides a very professional service.
Ben Easterbrook

Home Owner

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