Rhodes Hardwood uses a water pretreatment on all floors that we stain, this process that’s also called “water popping” involves wiping the entire surface of the floor down with a mixture of water & denatured alcohol. As this mixture dries it raises the grain of the wood which allows the stain to take as evenly as possible and it also gets a richer coloring. This process is included as part of our price for staining. Other companies charge extra for this extra step, so when comparing quotes if be sure you are making an apples to apples comparison as our rate may seem higher, but you may not be getting this extra very important step.
In addition to using water pretreatments on stain jobs to help get the best stain job possible. Rhodes Hardwood also offers other staining pretreatments including; Fuming, Smoking, Aging, and more. These special non-toxic mixtures area sprayed over the floor while the wood is in it’s raw unfinished state. As these liquids dry they create a mild non-toxic reaction with the tannin oils that are naturally present in some woods. This reaction gives the floors gray, white, driftwood or aged color/undertone. When done before the application of the stain this can both create somewhat of a textured look in the floor and they can give more depth to colors.
As always we are always happy to make any potential clients samples utilizing any of our staining colors + techniques to help you compare colors to to other paint colors, baseboards, cabinets colors etc from the light of your own home.
Duraseal is an oil based stain product available in 31 colors. Color options are nearly endless when we blend together the various colors. Duraseal stain is one of the preferred stains of wood flooring professionals and it’s one of our personal favorites.
Sherwin Williams Wood Classics® is an oil based interior stain. It’s one of our preferred stains for those that wish to stain maple, birch or other tight grained woods.
Bona DriFast Stain® is an oil based product. Colors are intermixable enabling us to create nearly any color imaginable. DriFast can be top coated with both our oil & waterbased finish products. We can use Bona Stain on red Oak, white oak, hickory, ash and other woods. We prefer some of our other options for staining woods with less grain such as maple or birch. For these woods we recommend Varthane® as out first choice or Sherwin Williams® as another great option.
Varthane® Premium Wood Stain is an oil based wood stain manufactured by Rustoleum®. This stain works great for staining all wood types and it’s our absolute favorite stain for staining maple, birch or other tight grained/harder woods. Varthane® is readily available at Home Depot & Menards so if you’e planning to use our services but want to do a little stain testing on your own, you can get it at any Home Depot or Mendards location.
General Finishes® has been a favorite product of wood workers for decades. Their Pro Floor Stain represents the most technologically advanced waterbased stain product on the market. Until recently only oil based stains could provide really rich even colors. This waterbased stain has very low VOC’s and it works well for staining most wood types. It’s available in 19 based colors as well as 100+ color mixes.
General Finished Pro Floor Stain Color Chart / Swatch
When staining, Rhodes Hardwood goes to great measures to produce the best stain job possible. You may find that our company charges a bit more to stain a floor then other companies. However, we would challenge our tried & true process and the overall value of our process to any other company.
As noted above we always use a water preferment with all stained floor (at no extra charge), this added step is something that other companies either don’t do, or charge extra for. Most importantly we take an extra very important step in our sanding process (when staining) that many other companies avoid, and this is the use of our Lagler Trio Planetary sanding machine for the final sanding. This is a very expensive machine and the use of it involves a lot of extra work so most other companies use a standard floor buffer to make this crucial step easier. The reason the use of this machine is so crucial is because in order to get the best/ most even stain job possible a floor much be sanded as closely to perfect as possible. This state of the art machine does just this. By running this machine over the entire floor at the very end of the sanding process this machine does the last fine/detailed bit of sanding more flawlessly then any other machine available in the world.
Again, be sure you are comparing apples to apples when comparing quotes. Unless someone is taking all these extra steps; using the quality staining products we offer, has the unlimited color/texture options, uses the specialty equipment we use etc then you would be settling for less then we are able to offer of a truly professional staining application.
Please Note: Stain colors can vary from the samples shown above. If you want to stain your floors, we ask that you narrow your choices down to a few of these colors. We will then make samples out of the exact wood type that you have. This allows us to illustrate how a particular stain will look on your floor.
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