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Wood Floor Staining

Wood floor staining is about more than maintaining and repairing your flooring. It’s a craft, and it changes the entire appearance of your home or office when done correctly. Staining a wood floor essentially changes its colour, however, there’s more to it than opening a can of paint and rolling it on. Before applying new stain to a wood floor, it needs to be sanded properly. The stain should be applied carefully as well to create the desired effect and make the stain look natural. At Horizontal Matters, our experts have decades of experience applying wood floor stain, and we only work with the highest quality staining products.

Wood Floor Stain Service

With wood floor staining, you can create your perfect interior. Staining your wood floor can change its appearance so it better matches your design aesthetic, and it can also help repair old wood flooring. As there are many wood stain colours available and several brands of varying quality, choosing the right product isn’t easy if you’re unfamiliar with wood floor staining. The experts at Horizontal Matters have worked with wood floor stains for many years, experimenting with different brands to find the best ones for our customers. As part of our wood floor staining service, we offer our professional advice concerning colour and which products work best for the type of wood floor you have.

Over 30 Years Experience

Horizontal Matters has been a leading flooring company in North London for over thirty years. We’ve offered premium wood floor staining service to many residential and commercial customers, so we have the knowledge and experience to produce excellent results.

Staining Floorboards

We have a streamlined process for staining floorboards, and often include it as part of our wood floor repair services. Alongside our repair, staining, and polishing services, staining can complete your hardwood floor restoration and revitalise it. Before staining your wood floor, we’ll have to sand it, to remove any remaining varnish or lacquer. If your old wood flooring requires repair, such as replacing broken blocks or planks, we’ll take care of that too. After we’ve finished sanding and staining, we can also seal your wood floor and polish it, ensuring it’s fully protected against future damage.

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Wood Floor Restoration

When your wood floor is old and dull, or in need of serious repair, Horizontal Matters can provide the services you need. Whether you’re renovating an old property or simply ready for a change to your wood flooring, our restoration services can help transform your wood floor. Our experts provide repair, sanding, polishing, and staining of wood floors to resurrect your flooring and protect it for the future. Our wood floor stain and restoration services will transform your flooring and your interior space, making it look like a whole new room!

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Wide Range of Wood Stain

To discuss your options for wood staining, you can visit our flooring showroom in Walthamstow to speak to an expert. We also have a wide range of stains available, which we can show you samples of at our showroom. Our experts will listen to your needs and preferences and be able to offer guidance on which type of stain works best for your flooring, and if your floors require any other restoration services. If you’re interested in replacing your wood floor, we also have several wood and other flooring types on display that you can browse.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wood & Laminate Floors

Yes. There are many sound reducing underlays on the market which can be incorporated into the installation. These will offer a sound reduction of between 10 to 43 decibels.

Most manufacturers’ guarantees would be invalid if new underlay is not used.

Yes, but in most cases for wood it must be an engineered product, and you must use an appropriate underlay specifically designed for the purpose.

This would be due to excessive moisture. If you are using a mop to clean your floor ensure it is well wrung out before you start.

All wooden floors must be laid with room for expansion. There are various ways of concealing the expansion gap and we can happily show you all the various options.

Unless great care is taken with a wooden floor it is very likely to scratch. If you have a ‘shoes-off’ policy in your house this would reduce the likelihood of scratches, as will a strong doormat to catch loose grit at the entrance. In the case of laminates, they are highly scratch resistant.

Most wooden floors are more or less maintenance free but you should always follow the manufacturers recommended guidelines for maintaining your floor.


‘Tracking’, as it is known, may occur in high traffic areas, and will depend on the type of carpet you select. Carpets that are denser are less likely to track. To reduce the likelihood of this occurring it is recommended that carpets are vacuumed twice a week to lift the pile, and we also recommend that you have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year.

The average life span is 7 years although there are a lot of new carpets on the market that give a 10 year guarantee.

Depending on the type of carpet being installed either plywood or hardboard can be applied to the floorboards prior to your new carpet being fitted.

Yes, you can but low tog underlays must be used which will allow the heat to penetrate through to your room.

There are specialist underlays available that reduce this type of noise and we would be happy to provide advice to you if this is a concern.

Most manufacturers’ guarantees would be invalid if new underlay is not used.

What our clients say...

JP & AH | Block 100 RTM Ltd.

Dear Stuart On behalf of the management company and leaseholders we wish to thank you and your fitting team for the recent replacement of the lino in the common parts of the building including the stairwell. We were delighted with the way you managed the project from start to finish. Your quotation was clear and good value, you wrote to …

Beach Body Boot Camp

Dear Stuart I would like to thank you for the fantastic floor you fitted in my studio. I needed an extremely durable one which will last a long time in the gym environment. I was going to buy this floor from a builders yard hoping to get the best quality high density floor for my money. Luckily, I asked your …


Dear Stuart I am writing to thank you for the excellent service you provided when we needed new carpets and needed to refurbish wooden floors at a rental property. You provided a wide selection of modern-looking cost-effective carpets for us to choose from, and you fitted them expertly at a time convenient to us. The carpets look exactly right for …

Raphael Phillips

I have used horizontal matters on a number of occasions. Stuart and his team are fantastic. Very reasonably priced for the high-quality service and products that we received. I would have no hesitation in recommending them. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

Mrs Goodman, North Finchley

Delighted with my new Lounge carpet, supplied and expertly fitted by Horizontal Matters – highly recommend the service, choice and fitting

Simon Miller

Horizontal Matters is led by Stuart Gaylor, an experienced floor specialist. I have known Stuart for what must be 10 years. He will offer you a great choice in flooring, a very good fitting service, all with grace. My practice has recommended Stuart and his team for years, and will keep doing so. If you are thinking of a new …

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