Get deeper and more even coloration from hardwood floor stains when you water pop. Learn why water popping is an important technique in the professional’s toolkit.
Staining hardwood floors gives customers more flexibility in getting the exact look they want. As many experienced floor contractors know, one way to achieve different looks when staining a wood floor is with the technique known as water popping.
Whether you’re a flooring professional that has years of experience or are new to the business, getting a better understanding of water popping will help expand both your tool kit of techniques and your portfolio of possible looks for your customers.
Water Popping Explained
To put it simply, water popping is a technique used to condition the surface of the floor that will change the amount of stain penetration and the end results/color. It works by taking advantage of wood’s natural reaction to water. After a floor is sanded, water is applied to open the hard grain in the wood surface. This allows for a more even, saturated coloration of the chosen wood floor stain.
Water Popping Considerations
While water popping can be beneficial for a wide range of floors, here are some things to consider when trying to determine if the extra effort is right for this job:
Tools Used for Water Popping Wood Floors
Water popping is a fairly simple process of applying water to a hardwood floor after sanding and then letting it dry thoroughly. Even though it seems easy, a bad water pop can result in a blotchy look and/or peeling finish that has to be resanded. The right preparation can make water popping an easy task.
Benefits of Water Popping
Sanding floors makes them smoother and less porous. Water popping re-opens the wood’s grain structure (especially the hard grain) to allow for a deeper saturation of color. For many flooring professionals, these benefits make water popping an easy choice when sanding and finishing hardwood floors.
Water Popping Concerns
The benefits of water popping can take a floor from good to great, but a botched water pop can suck the profits out of a job and leave your customer feeling frustrated and concerned about what they’re really getting. Addressing the following points enables better focus and preparation for carrying out a successful water pop.
To give your customer a great-looking floor with a unique look and color, use Bona DriFast Stains after water popping the floor. The Bona DriFast Stain collection is easy to use and has a wide range of colors and custom blends. For more helpful resources and information to keep flooring contractors up to date on product info and industry best practices, view our resources for professionals.
Bona AB is a family-owned company founded in 1919. With its headquarters in Sweden, Bona is now present in more than 90 different countries all over the world through subsidiaries and distributors. We provide products for the installation, maintenance and renovation of hardwood floors.
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