HARDWOOD FINISHING PROCESSES


After the floor sanding process has been completed, there are three basic finishing procedures available. For reference purposes they are termed “Natural”, “Stain”, and “Pickling/White”. Natural/Clear Process: In this procedure a polyurethane is applied directly to the bare wood surface. No wood stain or any type of coloring is applied to the floor prior. This clear coat process will render the floor a light amber or golden honey color [as shown above]. Factors such as the hardwood species, age, and grading, will often affect the final color achieved on the floor. Polyurethane is applied to the edges of the rooms by a hand brush, whereas a lambs wool pad (applicator) mounted on a 16″ wooden block is used to apply finish to the center of the floor. Stain Process: With this process a wood stain is applied to the floor, and hand wiped, prior to any protective polyurethane coatings. This stain is for cosmetic purposes only and will have no effect on the floors protection. After the stain is allowed to cure, polyurethane coatings are applied over the dried stain as in the natural process listed above.

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.


Testimonials

Jonathan M. Los Angeles, CA
Jonathan M. Los Angeles, CA
Hired L.A hardwood a second time to complete the living room. Another perfect job. Some minor repairs were completed. The job was exceptional!I would hire this company again in a heart beat. Professional at every step.
Delancey W. Los Angeles, CA
Delancey W. Los Angeles, CA
We were very pleased with the service we got from Vania. We were looking to replace our carpet in our 600 sq ft finished basement with hardwood floors - after a free measurement, Vania was very helpful in getting a range of hardwood, engineered and even laminate floorsThe installation was just finished this week and was done very professionally - we are extremely happy with the result. The installers finished the entire 600 ft installation in a dayOverall I would absolutely recommend them for flooring and installation and we will be using LA Hardwood for our next project!