Should I Stain My Floor or Keep It Natural?

Should I Stain My Floor or Keep It Natural?

Regina Yunghans
Jun 6, 2013

Q: I am in the midst of renovating my apartment and I was lucky to get a great price on some oak flooring. I really wanted a darker board, but the oak was all I could afford, so I decided to also buy a dark stain. When we tested the stain on a few boards the color varied dramatically. Some boards look quite red, some burnt ash brown and some very flat dark brown. 

This unpredictability is a bit worrying. Also, the stain absolutely stinks and seems so toxic... I really wanted a darker look but I am quite tempted to just oil the boards and leave them natural. So stained vs natural wooden floor — any thoughts on the pros and cons when it comes down to the overall look and upkeep?

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