HARDWOOD FINISHING PROCESSES
If you prefer to have another manufactures stain applied, please let us know and we will gladly use it. Factors such as the hardwood species, age, and grading, will often affect the final color achieved on the floor. Pickling/White Process: A floor with a white-wash style look can be achieved with or with out the use of wood bleach. In the basic white coloring process a ‘pickling white’ wood stain is hand rubbed into the grain of the bare wood floor. Factors such as the hardwood species, age, and grading, will often affect the final color achieved on the floor. One of the most widely used hardwood flooring today, red oak, will commonly result in a pickled floor having a primarily washed white look – with a slight pinkish tint on many boards. A white oak floor may have a slight almond or beige tint for the final white color. If a pure and exclusively white floor color is desired, a wood bleach is applied to the floor surface before the pickling white stain is applied. This will remove most of the wood’s natural tinting and leave the wood very white once it has been screened down. There will still be variations in shading between the individual floor boards, however each one will be much lighter and whiter. Also, many colors of white are now available to choose from. Due to the fact that the wood itself will no longer affect the resulting color of the floor, any color wash may be utilized. A white oil based paint will be used as a stain/wash once it has been properly diluted with mineral spirits. The floor will NOT look painted, but the diluted paint – now a stain – will be hand rubbed into the wood grain as in the basic ‘no bleach’ pickling process. We often use Benjamin Moore® Satin Impervo™ enamels, and are available in many colors of white (i.e. bone white, linen white, china white, etc.) Essentially any oil based paint can be used. Some of our past customers have even requested floor color shadings of gray in dens, red in dining rooms, and blue or green in children’s rooms. The possibilities of color are quite broad, while still allowing the beauty of the floor’s wood grain to be radiate through. After the stain/wash has thoroughly dried, coats of a specific non-yellowing latex urethane are applied as a protective finish.