When you have wooden stairs in your home, you may think that you could find ways to improve the look of the stairs, especially if they are unfinished, to begin with.
It’s entirely possible that you could have just recently renovated your home and have only newly installed new wooden stairs, and you now want to do things to make the stairs look as good as possible for the long term in your home.
If you decide that you want to stain your stairs, for example, there are quite a few things you should bear in mind to do the job efficiently.
With that being the case, let’s look at seven tips and tricks to stain your wooden stairs in Prairieville, LA.
1. Stain Is Permanent
Something that a lot of people don’t realize is that stain is permanent, in that once you stain, that is the color that you have.
To this point, however, you should realize that the stain that makes your stairs look so much better will also permanently stain anything that they stain other than your stairs that they happen to touch, such as clothing.
As this is true, you should be careful to wear protective gear while staining — perhaps even disposable gloves so that you don’t get the stain on your hands.
2. Carefully Choose Your Color
Given that stain is as permanent as it is, you’re going to want to make sure that the color you choose is the right one for you — choosing the wrong color means that you’ll be looking at that color for a long time.
What you could do to get a good idea if you like a certain stain is to get a small sample of it along with a wood piece that you can stain and then once it is fully dry, put it in the stair areas and see how it looks under the various light conditions of your home.
3. Wood Conditioner For Smoother Application
If you are looking to have a more smooth application of the stain and don’t want to spend the time to sand the stairs, you can do well by applying a wood conditioner before staining.
After applying the conditioner and allowing fifteen or so minutes to pass, you will stain your stairs.
4. You Can Always Go Darker
When you are staining your wooden stairs, the thing you should bear in mind is that you can always go darker in staining, but you cannot go lighter.
To go darker in terms of stain, you need only apply more coats of the stain until you are comfortable with the tint of your stain.
5. Remove Dust After Sanding
If you do go the route of sanding, you’re going to need to remove the dust after doing so altogether.
If you opt not to do so, you will find that the dust you do not remove will find its way into the stain work you will be doing.
6. Wipe Excess Stain In The Direction Of The Grain Of The Wood
You may find yourself with an excess strain on the stairs, and if that is the case, you will want to remove it lest it overly stains the stairs.
As you remove the stain, you should wipe in the direction of the grain of the wood, or you will not do well for your stairs.
7. Stain Pillows To Properly Stain
There are various ways to apply stain to your stairs, but one of the best ones also happens to be one of the most cost-effective.
Stain pillows can be as low as a couple of dollars, but they will effectively apply stain to your wooden stairs.
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Nathan Rust is the Managing Partner at Prestigious Painting. He is passionate about service and gives back through his business with “Paint it Forward” and the “Young Entrepreneur Scholarship”. Nathan is married to his wife, Amanda and they have two children, Elijah and Grace.
Nathan founded the Rotary Club of Southeast Baton Rouge with 24 other local leaders in February 2020, and served as Club President from 2020-2022. He also serves as the Charter Organization Representative to Pack 15, where his son is a member as a Cub Scout.
Nathan was elected as the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Representative for District 6 on November 8th, 2022. In this new opportunity, Nathan aims to strengthen our school system by ensuring every child in EBR has access to high-quality schools, regardless of where they live or their economic status.