at least that's my feeling, Alisha. With the swings that we have had in temperature and humidity that we have had, I doubt that the wood knows what is supposed to acclimate to anyway. Pick a time when it has been dry for a couple of days and is expected to be for at least another full day if you can. The more stain that the wood picks up, the better. And just keep applying stain until it will not hold any more. After you have put on two good coats, put on another one if the wood seems to want to take it. Be sure that you stir the stain often to keep the pigment solids up in the liquid. But the two most important hints I can give you are to pick a good local dealer and follow the instructions on the can unless the dealer tells you not to and why you should not.