How to stain pine floorboards

Updated February 21, 2017

Pine wood floors can add elegance or rustic warmth to almost any home. Sanding and staining pine floors can help maintain their appearance through regular wear and tear and keep them looking good for many years.

Sand the pine floorboards with 120 grit sandpaper. Sand the entire surface of the wood to enable the pine to accept stain evenly. Wipe the pine floorboards with a tack cloth to clean them of sawdust.

Sand the pine floorboards with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth the wood and ensure the new finish goes on smoothly. Wipe the floorboards clean with a tack cloth.

Wipe the pine floorboards with a damp cloth to raise the grain. Sand the pine again with the 220 grit sandpaper to prevent the grain from raising when the stain is applied and ruining the finish. Wipe the floorboards with a tack cloth.

Brush a coat of wood conditioner onto the pine floorboards with a paintbrush. Conditioner helps softer woods like pine to absorb stain evenly. Allow the conditioner to dry according to label directions.

Brush a coat of stain onto the pine floorboards with a brush. Brush it firmly into the pine wood and wipe off excess stain with another cloth after the stain has absorbed into the wood for at least 30 seconds. Allow the stain to completely dry according to label directions.


Sand and wipe and brush with the grain


Wear gloves when handling chemicals Wear goggles when sanding to protect your eyes from sawdust

Things You'll Need

  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Brush
  • Cloth
  • Stain
  • Wood conditioner
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