loving these over-bleached wood floors - reminds me of a beachy look!

Although it bleaches the wood white, is the grain still visible when sealed?

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  • A/B bleach will remove all the natural color variations present in wood, so use them judiciously. Over - bleached woods will lack tonal variations and depth even if stained afterward. I use them only when matching sun-faded wood, or to provide a neutral base upon which I create a decorative finish like pickled oak or blond mahogany. When re-creating the fruitwood finish on bleached cherry explained above, I had to hand glaze selective areas during the finishing process to provide some color variation. A/B bleaches can be used to compensate for heartwood/sapwood variations, but I prefer to bring the sapwood in line with the heartwood by hand coloring or spraying the sapwood with a dye stain.

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  • to apply stain to interior or exterior wood, it’s essential to prep the surface. After you’ve stripped the old finish and sanded it to 220 grit, applying wood bleach and wood conditioner can give you a truly professional look.

    Removing the natural color of wood is best done with the two-part peroxide bleaches. These are available as "A/B" bleaches sold in most paint and hardware stores. The most common way to apply this product is to wet the wood thoroughly with part A (sodium hydroxide) then immediately apply part B (hydrogen peroxide). It's important that part A not sit too long before applying part B because sodium hydroxide will darken some tannin-rich woods like cherry and oak. You can also mix the two parts together and apply them at the same time, as long as you do it as quickly as possible after the two parts are mixed. Usually one application is all that's necessary, but another application may be needed to even out the bleaching effect. Some dark woods, like ebony, are not affected by this bleach which is an advantage if you want to bleach a wood that has ebony stringing. On some woods, particularly walnut, a greenish tinge may appear in some areas if the bleach is not applied evenly. To alleviate this problem, try to apply the bleach evenly and sparingly, just enough to make the wood wet. Do not flood the wood with bleach. Neutralize the alkaline effect of this bleach after the wood is dry by applying a weak acid like vinegar. Use white vinegar mixed one part vinegar to two parts water.

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    Chlorine bleach is a solution of calcium or sodium hypochlorite, just like laundry bleach. Its forte is removing dye stains, as from food spills or previous finishes. It shouldn’t be your first resort for bleaching wood, as it tends to break down the lignin that holds wood cells together, producing a fuzzy, lifeless surface. If you must use chlorine bleach, don’t use laundry bleach, which is not strong enough. Make a stronger solution of bleach by buying calcium hypochlorite powder at a swimming pool supplier and adding it to hot tap water until no more will dissolve (wear gloves and goggles, wear a dust mask when you’re pouring the powder, and ventilate).

Bleaching of wood pulp - Wikipedia

is a very powerful oxidizing agent and the biggest challenge in using it to bleach wood pulp is to get sufficient selectivity so that the desirable cellulose is not degraded. Ozone reacts with the carbon carbon double bonds in lignin, including those within aromatic rings. In the 1990s ozone was touted as good reagent to allow pulp to be bleached without any chlorine-containing chemicals (totally chlorine-free, TCF). The emphasis has changed and ozone is seen as an adjunct to chlorine dioxide in bleaching sequences not using any elemental chlorine (elemental chlorine-free, ECF). Over twenty-five pulp mills worldwide have installed equipment to generate and use ozone.