Varathane and Minwax work great! I also recommend vacuuming and mopping thoroughly. Also, make sure you vacuum up the walls a couple of feet. I put down 2 coats of stain and 3 coats of Poly on approx. 1000 sq feet...looks great! YOU MUST WEAR A HAIR NET OR HAT AT ALL TIMES. We ended up w/ hair under the poly in multiple spots.