With a new year beginning, you may be thinking about all of those home renovations on your “honey-do list” that you missed last year.

Kind of like that hardwood floor you’ve been meaning to stain. Why not add it to your New Year’s resolutions?

In every episode of Sweat Equity, host Amy Matthews helps homeowners determine which home improvement projects will return the most bang for their buck.

Here, she explains how to stain a wood floor in five easy steps.


Step 1: Prepare the floor

Start by removing everything from the area to be stained.

Sweep the floor, then vacuum to ensure that you have removed all dust particles and debris.

Next you will want to mop the floor and wait for it to dry. Once dry, sand the floor completely.

You will want to run the vacuum over it once more, to ensure that all sawdust is removed.

Step 2: Test the stain

In an inconspicuous area, test the stain to ensure it is the colour you are looking for, before applying it to the entire floor.

It’s usually best to do it in the furthest corner, away from most onlookers.

Step 3: Apply the stain

Apply the stain with a rag or an applicator made specifically for staining.

Stroke the stain in the direction of the wood grain, not in circular motions.

Work slowly to make sure that you cover every square inch and do not miss a spot.

Be sure to rub the stain in to the floor so that it soaks in, and then wipe away any excess on top.

Step 4: Apply a protective coating

Your stain is now looking beautiful!

To guarantee that it stays that way, apply a protective coating of polyurethane over the finished stain and allow it to dry.

Not only will this protect your newly stained floor, but it will give it a perfect glossy finish.

Make sure the floor is completely dry before returning any furniture or rugs back to the space.

– Sweat Equity airs weekdays at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on DIY Network Canada.

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