As a homeowner with hardwood floors, you may find that over the years, certain areas of your floor need sanding and refinishing. This could be due to scratches, dents, or general wear and tear, but no matter what the reason behind it is, you want to be sure that the repaired area matches the color and texture of the rest of the hardwood flooring. How can you ensure that the stain you use will create a matching color? Signature Hardwood Floors is here to help.
Staining to match can be difficult because even if you are dealing with the same type of wood, the grain of each individual plank could vary in appearance, and the sanding process might make the newly-exposed wood more receptive to staining, leaving the older wood with its more natural age-based fading. This is why reverting to the exact original stain color does not always work. However, you may be able to blend two different stains together or use a new stain color that will match your existing wood. The most important thing to do is to test the stain on a very small area of the wood, preferably one that will not be too visible if the process goes wrong and does not produce a match. From there, you can see whether your stain needs to be lightened, darkened, or changed in tone.
Remember that there are other factors that determine the overall look of the wood once it has been stained. Generally, you stain a plank of wood, allow it to set, and then wipe off the extra stain to determine how intense and dark the color will get. The less time you let the stain sit on the wood, the lighter the end result will be.
Light also affects wood color, so be aware if certain areas are more faded than others due to sun exposure. You can either elect to restain these areas as well, or you can match the new, faded color when you stain the refinished area.
Signature Hardwood Floors designs and installs inlay hardwood floors in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania. To learn more about wood floor installation in Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas, call 410.415.0755 or click here today!
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