POTENTIAL PROBLEMS WHEN STAINING MAPLE, HICKORY, or Birch Wood Flooring
“Stain” by definition is not the normal finish process (a “natural” finish does alter the color of any flooring slightly from its raw, unfinished look, but is a clear product). Stain for the purposes of this fact page means to “alter the natural flooring finish outcome” to result in either a darker or lighter finish than would result from using a natural or clear coat of finish.
Due to the density of maple and hickory species, adding a darker stain to these floors can result in certain outcomes that are not seen until after the stain has been applied. Furthermore, the Maple Flooring Association does not recommend staining maple.
These outcomes may include (but are not limited to):
- Blotchy areas
- Sanding marks
- Variations in color
CUSTOMER WAIVER FOR STAINING MAPLE OR HICKORY
Despite the industry recommendations, it is still possible to stain maple, hickory, or birch. As part of our regular customer contract and information packet, we will include a waiver form to ensure the risks are understood prior to staining the floor.
King Hardwood Floors LLC will make extra efforts to reduce the possible negative outcomes to staining maple, hickory. etc. but cannot guarantee the outcome.
Due to the extra steps involved in attempting to eliminate possible problems from staining my hickory/pecan, maple floor, or birch flooring there may be additional charges involved beyond the normal rates for staining.