You may be interested in a home with hardwood floors that are not to your taste or have realized that a different shade of wood would fit in better with your style. is you can usually change the color of your flooring if you want to!
When you refinish your floors, you can change the color of your flooring. Most hardwood floors can be made darker, lighter, redder, or anywhere in between. If your flooring is solid hardwood, it can be sanded and refinished in a different stain for a different appearance. Engineered hardwoods can be refinished under certain circumstances while laminate flooring should just be ripped up and replaced with laminate in another style.
Refinishing hardwood floors involves sanding the floors, typically three times, to ensure your hardwoods are smooth and will properly accept the stain for a better and longer lasting look. The wood should look like new, raw hardwood once this is done.
Next, a stain is added. If you decide to go “natural”, then you can skip staining. Stains come in all shades, light or dark or red tones such as mahogany. Every wood floor is different so you will need to test the stain you have chosen on your floor to make sure that it looks the way you would like. Choosing a stain based on how it looks on the can or a catalogue is not an adequate representation of how the stain will look on your specific floors.
Once your stain has been chosen and your floors stained, the final step will be adding a layer of polyurethane to the wood floor. Each coat takes about 24 hours to dry and usually 2-3 coats are applied to the floors. Floors will also need to be buffed between the application of each additional coat. This will help the floor to be smooth while also allowing the polyurethane to absorb better and last longer.
With polyurethane, you have the option of choosing what finish or sheen you would like your floors to have. They can be satin, glossy, semi glossy, or matte. A satin finish is currently the most popular option, it shows scratches less than a glossier option. If you decided to leave your hardwood looking natural, you would skip a stain and go straight to a polyurethane finish.
Usually the lightest color you can have for your floor is the natural wood color, unless you bleach or whitewash your floor. Most homes have a light-colored hardwood like oak or maple so all colors are available, from light to very dark or red. Homes with Brazilian cherry or Walnut floors have very naturally dark wood, and will be more limited in their hardwood floor colors since it would be very difficult to make these floors appear lighter.
Choosing a floor stain is a big decision because it is not something you want to get wrong and have to repeat! Staining a floor is an investment in your home and a time-consuming process so you want to be confident in your choice before the project begins. Luckily, there are some questions to ask yourself that will help you decide which flooring is correct for your home!
Choosing between a Light or Dark Colored Floor
There are pros and cons to both light and dark-colored flooring. Dark flooring adds contrast to light colored walls, which will really add delineation between the walls and flooring. Dark floors feel modern and can help brighter-colored rugs and textiles stand out! Dark flooring feels polished and looks particularly elegant when the floor boards are wide. On the other hand, dark floors really do suck up the light in a room rather than reflect it.
Lighter-colored flooring reflects natural sunlight rather than absorbs it. If you enjoy light, airy spaces then a lighter stain may be the best choice for your floor. Lighter colored floors photograph very well and look polished with rugs in many different colors. However, do keep in mind the color of the original wood of the floor if you are re-staining an existing hardwood floor. If you are trying to stain a floor with red or orange tones, these shades will combine with the lighter stain and show through. Think about how this might affect the result in comparison to the shade you had hoped for. A darker stain is much more likely to cover red or orange undertones in the wood. Keep this in mind when you are perusing idea books or websites, that the floor stain that looks so perfect in the photo may have been applied to a different wood base. Ask your flooring specialist to explain how your hardwood may be effected by various stain colors.
Consider your Pets
If you have three black Labrador retrievers or five white Persian cats, pet hair is going to be a constant battle. While all of us should have cleaning systems in place to keep our hardwoods sparkling, pets continually shed hair and there will be times when pet hair is on the floor. Dark flooring camouflages dark pet hair while light-colored flooring can help hide stray white or lighter shaded fur.
Consider Resale Value
Are you planning on moving in the future? Browse design websites like Pinterest or magazines to get an idea of current flooring trends. Choosing a floor stain that stays in line with popular design ideas may make your home easier to sell. On the other hand, this is your house and you should be happy with your choice. A floor can always be refinished if the person who purchases your house may have chosen differently.
Our flooring specialists are available to help you make your choice! Contact us today!
You’ve made the decision to change your flooring just in time for the holidays! We’re so grateful for clients such as yourself, and thankful you thought we were the best flooring company to put in your carpeting. We want your carpet to stay beautiful for as long as possible, and we know you do too! Here are some of our tips on how to keep your carpet clean and safe while you and your guests enjoy a wonderful meal this Thanksgiving!
Your guests are so happy to be celebrating with you, and we know you are as well, but in all of that excitement, its possible for something to spill. Don’t worry, if you act fast, you should be able to clean it up and have your carpet like new again. Get out cleaning supplies appropriate to the situation and blot the stain carefully. DO NOT RUB THE STAIN. Rubbing the stain will only dig it in deeper into the fibers of the carpet making it more difficult to clean.
Use Targeted Rooms
Sometimes people like to herd the guests in to a designated area for mingling and eating to keep the party small and focused. If you are able to keep guests in a room that doesn’t have carpeting, or isn’t where you have new carpeting, this may work in your favor. Sometimes though, some people want to be away from the crowd, and that’s fine, so long as it’s clear that no food or drinks are allowed in other rooms. Your guests will respect your wishes if you say you don’t want food or drinks going out of a certain area. Although young guests may not understand, it’s important to stand your ground.
Carpet is a magnet for dirt, especially from shoes. Ask your guests to respectfully take their shoes off as they enter the door. You may want to keep a few pairs of new slippers in your closet for those who don’t mind taking the shoes off, but need to have something on their feet. If any of them wish to step out, ask them to keep the slippers in the house. It may be a bit of a nuisance, but it will keep your carpet clean and safe from dirt!
A lot of what ends up on your carpet has to do with you (yes, you). If you don’t want your brand-new carpet stained, don’t put an open bottle of red wine on a table that’s in that carpeted room. While you’re at it, don’t put the salsa dish there either! Policing your friends and family will inevitably make them grumpy. Instead, use lighter colored appetizers or drinks, or, simply serve things like nuts or crackers or other non-staining foods in the carpeted rooms.
Enjoy your holiday tomorrow, and be thankful for the people and things that are in your life. We here at Kruper Flooring are very thankful for you, and with that wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings!