Leave hardwood floor staining to the pros.
Stain can make poor sanding technique stand out in your floor, even minor flaws that would not be visible in a floor with a clear finish and no stain. Inexperienced sanders leave more and deeper grooves and scratches in the wood. When stain is rubbed into the wood, the color is absorbed more deeply in the scratch lines and grooves. The edges of a floor are particularly tricky because the edger can leave cross-grain scratches which will hold more stain.
Some wood species are much more difficult to stain evenly because they are tight-grained woods with very small pores. Your hardwood flooring specialist knows his wood and knows which types of wood are the best for even staining.
Another thing to consider if you want to have your floors stained is that staining adds a considerable amount of waiting time. It’s important that you give the stain enough time to dry completely before going on to the next step. If your stain is not completely dry, your subsequent coats of finish will not bond, and if that happens it is a big problem. Enough that you have to sand everything off and start over. You do not want to do that.
We hope you can see that staining your hardwood floors is a difficult and tricky process that is best left to a professional flooring company. There are several unpredictable variables that can come into play, and it is wise to leave staining in the capable hands of your hardwood flooring professional.