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Hardwood floors are a timeless addition to any home and can be used to add character and warmth. But what if you’re tired of the same old colour? Can you change it up without having to replace your hardwood floors entirely?

The answer is yes.

It is possible to stain your hardwood floors a different colour. Here’s what you need to know before diving into the process.


Check for Pre-existing Stains on Your Floorboards

Before starting, it’s important to assess whether or not your hardwood floor is already stained with a pre-existing colour. If so, you may need to strip the stain off before beginning the staining process or else risk making a mess of things. Stripping off an existing stain requires doing some sanding and/or chemical treatments to remove it. Some stains will come right off with just sanding, while others may require more rigorous methods such as chemical stripping solutions that must be applied directly onto the wood for them to take effect. If you are unsure how to proceed, reach out to professional flooring consultants who can help assess your situation and offer advice on how best to proceed.


Choose Your New Stain Colour Wisely

Once you know whether or not there is an existing stain on your hardwood floors, it’s time to choose which colour stain you want for your new look. There are many options available when it comes to wood stains, from light hues such as honey oak and whitewash, all the way up through darker shades like mahogany and espresso brown. You should also consider the overall design scheme of your home when choosing which colour stain suits you best; if you have mostly light furniture and decor throughout your home then a dark-coloured wood stain might be too much contrast for the space, whereas a lighter shade would blend in better with its surroundings.

Prepare Your Floorboards Properly

Before applying any kind of finish or coating onto your hardwood floorboards, they must first be properly prepared beforehand for them to absorb the new coatings properly. This means cleaning them thoroughly, removing any dirt or debris that may have accumulated over time between boards or on top of planks themselves; then lightly sanding down so that they are smooth and even; followed by vacuuming once more to rid any dust created by sanding away before moving forward with staining.


Staining hardwood floors is an easy way for homeowners who want a fresh new look without having to go through replacing their entire flooring system altogether. By following these guidelines—checking for pre-existing stains, choosing a new colour wisely, and preparing your boards properly—you can achieve great results with minimal effort! Still, feeling unsure about taking this project upon yourself? Reach out to Mister Floors who specialise in hardwood floor staining and who can help guide you every step of the way!