After all of the floor edges were sanded, we used a shop vac to get as much of the sanding dust as possible off of the floor. Then, we used tack rags to get any remaining dust. Once this was complete, we began applying the stain. We did this by starting inside the closet.
At the closet opening, we made sure not to go beyond where the threshold piece will go, just in case there is any dark areas where the stain may overlap once we get back to this area.
The stained floor inside the closet.
After doing the closet, we proceeded to start staining at the furthest point from the door, and did only a few boards at a time, running from left to right. The main objective was to do as many boards as possible while keeping a “wet” edge to prevent any noticeable overlapping in the stain.
The number of boards is also restricted to how far you can reach without falling into the freshly stained area. As demonstrated here, terminating each strip of staining at the edge of a board also helps keep from creating unsightly overlaps.
Almost halfway finished with the first coat of stain.
Getting closer to the end. One thing you should also do during a prolonged staining project such as this is keep your stain stirred up. I’m not sure if this goes for all stains, but the Minwax stains seem to start settling rather quickly. If you don’t stir them occasionally, you will end up with a lighter stain at the end of your project than at the beginning.