Staining

Myflooring's direct-dye staining is the premium method to change or strengthen the colour of your timber floor. As well as colouring the timber, staining enhances the grain, giving even the more common timbers a distinctive appearance.

A dark stained floor is a sophisticated and contemporary look for your home or business.

Our high quality stains come in a variety of shades and patinas. They penetrate and seal the wood, while adding luxurious colour.

To ensure the best possible results, Myflooring applies stains directly to the unsealed timber. We never mix stain with varnish or apply stain over the top of varnished timber.

There are many different types of wood stains available - pigment stain (turpentine base), fade-resistant stain (spirit base), Waterbased, Oil modifed based and oil based etc. Each stain has a restriction on the top coating compatibility and reactions with the timber tennin. Only highly experienced staining specialists can avoid the risk of re-doing the whole job again in a tight schedule.

We will consult you to select the most appropriate stain and staining method to suit your needs.

When thinking about changing the colour of your timber, consider these issues:

  • Timber should never be stained to be lighter than the original timber. If you want a lighter appearance, refer to information about liming.

  • Many people consider staining to cover inconsistencies in floor timbers, such as floors made from different timbers, or timbers of different ages or levels of wear. If your floor is patched from different species of timber (such as a mix of pine and hardwood timbers), staining will not make the varying timbers match exactly. In this case, liming would give a more even consistency than staining due to higher opacity of liming.

  • Older timbers will result in a darker colour relative to new timbers.

  • The stained colours will not hide variation in the underlying timbers unless a very dark coloured stain is used, such as black.

  • The more porous the timber, the darker the stained colour.

  • The colour of stained timber is richer when applied with clear varnish on top.

Talk to us about the effect you are hoping for from your floor - we'll work with you to achieve the perfect look you want.

On site staining samples

On site staining samples

Direct staining VS Tinting

Tinting is a cheap, easy but ineffective method for colouring timber. Tinting involves mixing stain into the floor varnish and applying it by roller, like applying a coating. The tint remains within the finish of the floor, instead of soaking into the timber, and when the floor finish peels or scratches, so does the tint. Myflooring would never use this method on your floors - we value your floors too much.

Direct staining is the most effective way to stain a floor. It actually stains the timber, not just the finish on top. We sand the timber with a fine finishing grit and stain the timber directly with your chosen colour. When the stain has dried we apply a clear finish over the stained timber. The staining materials are carefully chosen to not impact the adhesive strength of the top coat; so even if you scratch the top finish of your floor, the timber underneath still keeps its stained colour.

Direct staining is not easy; it needs a high level of technique and experience which only Myflooring can bring to your floors.

 

Tinting example - Walnut tinting mixed with vanish and applied by roller over the Baltic pine floors

 

Direct stain example - dark stained and penetrating oil finished on European oak flooring

 

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