How to Stain and Maintain Purple Heart Wood Flooring

What You'll Need
Plastic Sheets/Towels
Ear Protection
Eye Protection
Dust Mask
Drum Sander
Sandpaper (36 Grit, 50 Grit, 80 Grit)
Edge Sander
Abrasive Screen
Vacuum Cleaner
Clear Water-Based Wood Finish
Foam Applicator

Purple heart wood is known for its distinct color. You can keep your hardwood floor in the best condition using the following strategies, whether it is brand new or simply in need of some repairs.

Step 1 - Setting Up

Clear the area completely. This includes furniture and any loose items. Sink all nails with your hammer so they do not interfere with any step of the process, and remove any carpet tacks or other items.

Hang plastic sheets or towels over all exits to the room, including windows and air vents, to prevent dust from escaping. Finally, put on your ear protection, dust mask, and eye protection. You are now ready to begin preparing the floor.

Step 2 - Sanding the Floor

Get out your drum sander and attach a 36 grit sandpaper. Select a spot that will be covered by furniture, and lower the sander onto the floor while moving it forward. Continue this forward pass, and once you run out of room, make a backward pass. Continue until you have sanded the entire floor. Do not worry about the edges, as you will not be able to hit them with your drum sander. Instead, once you are finished, go over them with your edge sander. Repeat this process with 50 grit sandpaper and 80 grit sandpaper, hammering down nails that are exposed in between each sanding.

Finish up by using an abrasive screen with the grain of the wood and then vacuuming up any dust that has collected in the area.

Step 3 - Finishing the Floor

Open all of your windows and take any other precautions you can to make sure the area is well ventilated, including removing the sheets you used to block the dust. Additionally, you should also remove any flames from the area, including cigarettes, pilot lights, and any others. Finally, put on your gloves.

Again, while purple heart wood is known for its distinct color, and while you are free to apply to stain to it, this would largely defeat the purpose of using purple heart wood in the first place. However, if you are committed to staining your floor, apply a color of your choice before finishing.

Use a foam applicator, apply clear wood finish to your floor. Do this along the grain. Use your applicator to blend any irregularities. Work your way towards the door so that when you are done, you can exit without having to walk on the wet surface. Once you have done this and allowed your first coat of finish to dry, dust off your floor and repeat the process. Wait a day, and dust and repeat again for a total of three coats of dust-free finish.

Step 4 - Maintaining the Floor

For routine maintenance, damp mopping is a great, easy way to keep your wood floor clean. Simply soak a mop in water, then wring it out so it is nearly dry. Then, mop once to loosen dirt, rinse, and repeat to pick up any debris.