What is The Difference Between Stained and Natural Floors?

Should I stain or go natural?


When sanding and refinishing your floors, often the most exciting part of the process is picking a color. The first thing we need to know to determine a color is if we are “going natural” or “staining” the floors.

The term “natural floors” means that we are not going to alter the color of the hardwood with any deep penetrating stain. This means that what will determine the color of the hardwood floors is only the layers of polyurethane applied to protect the floors. In simple terms, when going natural we do not apply a stain color to the floors, only protective layers of polyurethane.

You can choose between water-based and oil-based polyurethane to apply to your floors. Each type of poly has their own unique look and characteristics. You can read more about what is the difference between water-based and oil-based polyurethane here.

When staining floors, we will be adding a deep penetrating hardwood stain to alter the natural pigment of the hardwood.  After the stain has completely dried, we apply polyurethane layers over the stain. You can apply either oil-based or water-based polyurethane over stained floors. We recommend applying water-based poly over stained hardwood floors because water based polyurethane does not yellow over time, as opposed to oil-based polyurethane, which is yellow and gives the floor a golden look over time.

Artwood will bring several stain colors for you to choose from. During sampling, we sand down a spot to the bare wood  in the area which will be refinished and apply stain colors directly to your hardwood floors so you can see what it will look like in your home prior to making a decision.

Whether you decide on natural or stained hardwood floors, Artwood has got you covered with the best craftsmanship in the state. Feel free to give us a call or send us an email to schedule a free estimate.


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