Best way to stain and varnish hardwood floors?
I'm in tthe process of refinishing red oak, hardwood floors in my house.
I've already sanded and stripped the floors of their original finish. All prep work is done...I simply need to lay down the stain and then lay down the polyurethane the following day. My question is..what is the best way to accomplish these 2 tasks...and should I first lay down a sanding sealer and/or use thinnned down shellac to keep the floor from blotching?
A Sherwin Williams rep told me to hand stain using a paint brush and ragging it in. He also sold me a lambs wool applicator ( approx 10 inches long) that he said I should use when applying the poly. The applicator screws to a pole...I would pour the poly in a flat pan, dip in the applicator, and then lightly brush it on. Not sure if perhaps a sponge type roller would work better?
I am using Golden Oak oil stain by Minwax and also applying gloss finish, fast drying floor poly by Minwax. Good choice or not?
Need advice. Thanks