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We are about to refinish about 1700 sq. feet of contiguous maple flooring and add maple treads to an adjacent staircase. The floor is currently a natural color, and a couple of decorator types have suggested we stain it darker. Most of the flooring contractors, however, advise that it will stain unevenly. Researching on the net, I learned that water popping may help the stain take more evenly. Does anyone have any experience with staining maple to a medium brown tone or suggestions about whether it is a good idea to do so?

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Any place there's wear, oils have worked their way into the wood. If you're sanding low enough to remove that layer, I don't see a problem. But I'm also not an expert on staining maple.

If you don't finish the floor properly, I think the wear pattern will show in the stain. Some people like the worn, antiqued look. Others don't.
 
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