Currently, our most sought after color and design is Reactive Stain oak flooring. You will see Reactive Stain flooring at any major tradeshow from many flooring manufacturers. The flooring really catches your eye. You can hear people saying, “Wow, that’s so beautiful, so amazing.”

Reactive Stain oak floor promotes the antique look of the wood. The color on the oak becomes alive with depth and richness. Match these Reactive Stain boards with Shrink Face boards for an authentic, antique look.

What is Reactive stain?

The reactive stain color comes from the reaction of a reduction chemical with the naturally present tannin in the wood. Tannins are present in most species of wood and are responsible for the color changes in trees and help protect them from insects. Left alone, tannins will change the color of wood to an “antique” appearance after many years. The reactive staining process facilitates this natural change much more rapidly, resulting in an aged, antique look in just a few hours rather than years.

Why is this product more expensive?

Currently in China, the factories who produce this product are still doing so exclusively by hand. The chemical is brushed by hand to each board, making production capacity very low. Color consistency is very difficult to achieve using this process. As a result, large amounts of waste product is produced.

That being said, Hermitage Oak has been dealing with Western floor distributors, designers, and architects for many years. Comparing our prices with European or American floor manufacturers, you’ll see our pricing remains very competitive.

Can we make Hermitage colors more consistent?

There are many factors that influence color variation including environment, raw materials, tannin presence and hand-staining technique. If the manufacturer is not familiar with the technique they may produce poor quality product with significant color variations. There are even cases where boards you picked change color on their way to you, during the shipmen process. When choosing your reactive stain oak flooring supplier, find out how long they’ve sold this kind of flooring. Ask them where they source the raw material. Many manufacturers don’t want to pay high prices for good materials (the raw material for reactive stained products must come from the same area (grouped in the same area) which tends to be more expensive. It’s much cheaper to throw together pieces of extra wood to create a stained set.

Hermitage Oak has 5 years of experience, keeps the raw material from the same geographic area, and carefully selects the boards before staining. This was not an easy process to put in place, but Hermitage Oak has made the commitment to quality.

Should I start carrying this product?

Let’s be honest here. It is a decision you’ll need to mull over before you start. Nice looking samples do not necessarily equal the exact same look in the delivered product. The Chinese are still in the beginning of this technology. Few manufacturers are staining by machine and those that do only have 1 or 2 reaction colors.

Hermitage Oak has committed to producing the best possible product for you. We wouldn’t offer it if we weren’t confident your clients would be happy. Even through our commitment, we cannot fulfill orders of large quantity. This product is better for individual, personalized use. Explaining the process to your clients and helping them to understand the final product may differ from samples may actually get them very excited to receive this natural product. We will always do everything we can to help you feel confident selling this product.

What is the flooring maintenance required?

Most of the reactive stained products here in China are finished with a water-base, so the maintenance is the same for any other finished flooring product. We recommend using a product from LOBA. http://www.loba.de/en/products/waterborne-finishes.html

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