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Should hickory floors be water popped if staining them?

Posted by blondeziggy2 (My Page) on
Sat, May 7, 11 at 20:16

Hi, I am planning to have a sand and finish hickory floor installed in my kitchen. I would like it to be a medium brown color with a hint of red. The color my contractor is recommending is nutmeg. I love the coloring of nutmeg, but would like the floor a little darker. I know that hickory is a very dense wood and a little tricky to stain. Does anyone know if it is recommended or not to water pop hickory? Thanks!

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RE: Should hickory floors be water popped if staining them?

It is tricky to stain & I'd definitely water pop it. Done right it is beautiful!

RE: Should hickory floors be water popped if staining them?

Thanks for your response woodfloorpro!

Does anyone have pictures of sand and finish hickory floors stained a medium or dark color? Thanks!

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