Drainage pan under dishwasher to protect wood floors?

Q: Should we have an underlayment installed over the plywood subfloor before an unfinished solid wood floor is installed in our kitchen, as well in all the other rooms (not bathrooms of course)? Should any drainage pan be installed by a plumber underneath the dishwasher and refrigerator in case of flooding?

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When can I wash newly refinished floors to remove any sticky residue left behind?



Q: My husband and I recently purchased a home and we are having the floors refinished using Duraseal stain and oil poly. We have a 15-month old son who is very active and into everything. How long after the floors are completed should we wait to move in, so it is safe for our son? Continue reading When can I wash newly refinished floors to remove any sticky residue left behind?




Protecting wood floors from the cold



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We had a very uneven slab when we started building our home. We put 80% hardwoods in the home. The concrete company floated the downstairs extensively and then put the black tar stuff and plywood down before installing our nail down hardwoods which are red oak. Continue reading Protecting wood floors from the cold




No moisture barrier placed underneath the concrete



Q: I currently have my floor dug up in my kitchen. I’m trying to find a source of moisture after seeing dark stains in a few spots on my wood floor. So far we have found no leak, but there is moisture in the soil. We have discovered that there was no moisture barrier placed underneath the concrete. Would it be considered standard practice to place a moisture barrier under concrete? Continue reading No moisture barrier placed underneath the concrete




Is a beater bar vacuum safe on wood floors?



Q: We have acacia wood in pinot noir color by manufacturer Chateau. Can acacia hardwood wood floors be vacuumed with a vac that has a beater bar on it? Vacuum manufacturer says it’s safe on all hardwood floors. Continue reading Is a beater bar vacuum safe on wood floors?




Smelly milk stain on unfinished wood floor



Q: I believe my daughter spilled a cup of milk that seeped through her area rug and onto the unfinished wood floor in her room. It smells so bad and the stain on the floor is back. I’ve tried cleaning both rug and floor with no avail the smell keeps coming back what can I do? Continue reading Smelly milk stain on unfinished wood floor