You can rejuvenate your old, outdated hardwood floors in Hudson Valley,
Poughkeepsie, NY, and Newburgh Middletown with WM Hardwood flooring
contractors with a beautiful new finish, provided you have the right tools, sufficient
time, elbow grease, patience, and detailed attention to detail.

How To: Stain Hardwood Floors

  1. Start by sweeping the floor to remove any dust and debris.
  2. Vacuum the floor to remove any remaining dust and dirt particles.
  3. Apply a coat of wood conditioner to the floor using a lint-free cloth.
  4. Once the wood conditioner has dried, apply a thin coat of wood stain using a brush or roller.
  5. Allow the stain to dry for at least 12 hours.
  6. Apply a thin coat of finish to the floor using a lint-free cloth.
  7. Allow the finish to dry for at least 12 hours before walking on the floor.


Tack cloth, Shop vacuum, Protective eyewear, Random orbital sander, Dust mask,
Sandpaper, Palm sander, Hardwood floor stain, Lambswool stain applicator, cleaning
cloths, Polyurethane sealer, Two-inch paintbrushes, High-density foam roller


Step 1: Vacuum and Sweep Start by vacuuming the floor to remove any surface dirt or debris,
and then use a broom to sweep it for a deeper clean.
Step 2: Prepare the Wood Once the floor is clean, it is important to prepare the wood for
staining. Use fine-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the entire surface. This will help the stain to
penetrate more evenly.
Step 3: Apply the Stain Using a foam brush, apply the stain of your choice to the floor. Make
sure to work in small sections and move the brush in the direction of the wood grain. Allow the
stain to sit for 10-15 minutes, then wipe away any excess with a clean cloth.
Step 4: Apply the Finish Once the stain has dried, it is time to apply the finish. Again, use a foam brush and work with the wood grain. After the finish is applied, allow it to dry for 24 hours.

Step 5: Buff and Wax Once the finish has dried, use a buffer to buff the floor. This will make the
surface shine and help to protect it from wear and tear. Finally, apply a coat of wax to help
protect the finish.

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