Q: I am refinishing an oak parquet floor which I have already sanded. I would like to achieve a dark-espresso finish and I am unsure as to whether I should use oil or water-based stain.
Which coats should I sand in between? Can I leave windows open for ventilation or do I run the risk of dust causing an issue?
A: I hope you will indulge me for a moment. Your questions regarding the basics of the job are exactly why this work should be left to a professional. Each question you ask could easily involve a lengthy, detailed comment, but I will be brief.
Use an oil stain. Lightly buff each coat of polyurethane if using oil or solvent-borne. It can be helpful to ventilate the area during the coating process, but wait at least a couple of hours for the finish to flow and level.
Related Q: I have 7 finger beveled parquet flooring. Can it be sanded and refinished?
A: If it is solid wood it can be. Sounds like a ton of work.