Laminate flooring is a beautiful and versatile option for your home. If you have recently purchased this design or you’re in the market for it, you can paint this floor to revamp it with a customised look, or you can stain it to create a rich colour.

Staining your floor is a perfect idea, especially if you wish to create a bohemian or vintage feel. This design is a popular choice for many homeowners; it can add elegance to any style of interior and only requires low maintenance.

Can Laminate Flooring Be Stained?

The short answer is yes!

With paint, the layer of substance remains on top of your floor, whereas with stain, the product seeps into the material, creating a more natural and efficient look.

However, laminate is not as absorbent as wood, therefore, you won’t be able to use a traditional wood stain for the job.

Why Would You Want to Stain Laminate Flooring?

The idea of staining laminate flooring may seem unconventional to some, but there are several compelling benefits that are bound to convince you. 

Aesthetic Appeal

If you have had the same design for years and you’re looking to breathe some new life into your floor without having to replace it, staining is just what you need.

This can revitalise your laminate, giving it a richer and healthier look. It is also great for matching your floor to any new furniture or decor you’ve added to create a cohesive look.

Hiding imperfections

At Mersey Flooring, we know how disheartening it can be to discover new scratches and dents on your floor. Even if you do everything to maintain it, these things can happen.

A new stain can help cover up any damage and discolouration over time from heavy traffic and sunlight, making it appear as good as new.


Regularly maintaining and updating your floor can extend its lifespan, reducing the need for replacements and saving you a lot of money in the meantime. 

Factors to Consider Before Staining Laminate Flooring

Material Composition

Before beginning your DIY project, consider the quality of laminate that you need. Higher-quality laminate may be more receptive to staining than cheaper options, affecting the outcome and the finished look.

Warranty Implications

Ensure that you read the terms and conditions before staining your laminate floor, as it may void any existing manufacturer's warranty for the product.

Durability and Longevity

If you’re customising your floor, you want it to last. 

Consider the durability of the protective wear layer before you stain the floor as it may affect its overall efficiency. You may need to reseal the floor to maintain the new colour.


While staining is generally less expensive than replacing your flooring, the cost of the stain, tools, and any professional assistance can add up.

Factor these into your budget for accurate pricing beforehand.

A Step-by-Step Guide to staining your floor

If you’re all set to go, follow the below guidelines for a high-standard finished look.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Laminate-compatible stain
  • Sandpaper 
  • Paintbrush or foam applicator
  • Painter's tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Sealant
  • Gloves and mask

Safety precautions: Before you get started, open all the windows and doors in the room to allow for ventilation, and wear gloves and a mask to protect yourself from harmful chemicals. 

Prepare for the Task

Remove all furniture and obstacles from the area you plan to stain, and thoroughly clean the floor and surrounding area to remove any dust or debris from the surface.


This step is only necessary if your laminate has a glossy finish. If so, lightly sand the surface with sandpaper to help the stain adhere better to the material.

Apply Painters Tape 

Use painter's tape to protect baseboards, walls, and any areas you don't want to stain.

Apply the Stain

Firstly, complete a patch test in an area that isn’t visible to guests, such as under furniture, to check if the product is good quality.

Then, use a paintbrush or foam applicator to apply the stain, following the grain of the laminate for an attractive finish. Allow enough time for the stain to dry (this depends on the product).

Apply any additional coats

Apply a few extra coats if you wish for the laminate to be darker, allowing sufficient time to dry before re-applying.

Seal the stain

Once the stain is dry and you're satisfied with the finished product, apply a laminate-compatible sealant to protect the floor.

Finishing up

Remove any remaining painter’s tape and wait for the stain to be completely dry before you move any furniture back to its place.

Choose Mersey Flooring for your laminate floors!

At Mersey Flooring, we offer an amazing range of laminate products, perfect for every style and budget.

Visit our website or showroom to explore our wide range of laminate flooring options, from classic wood designs to modern and herringbone patterns. Or contact us today for instant help and advice!

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