Staining wood floors to change or enhance the color of wood has become more popular in recent years. First thing to consider is the species of wood that is being stained and whether that species stains uniformily. Some species, such as Maple ar not conducive to site staining due to the blotchy and uneveness that stain reacts to raw maple. If a stained Maple is desired a factory prefinished product is the best alternative due to a cascade application process that can be applied to the individual boards that applies the stain in a “waterfall” method to apply evenly and uniformily to the wood. Another common species that takes some stain colors irregularly is Pine. Darker colors especially those with red tones react better to Pine. In choosing the right color, things to consider are the colors of your walls, cabinets and trim. Darker colors have become very popular recently and there are some very unique colors to choose from such as black, grey, and blue. Things to consider in choosing a dark color is the size of the space as dark floors and dark walls will make the room appear smaller. Also dark floors show dust and foot prints more than a lighter floor. Older floors that have stains in the floor from water or pet damage can benifit from sanding and stain to reduce the visibilty of the water and pet damage. A darker color stain in this case especially those colors with red tint do well in making the damaged areas less prominent. Site staining will usually add an additional day of sanding, detail and stain application. Not all stains are created equal. Consider a quality stain as it will make a marked difference in the final product. We prefer to use the Duraseal and Bona line of stains. Both are quality companies and have been making stains specifically for the flooring industry.