Q: We purchased a new home in January (2 ft. of snow on ground!) The house had just had 3/4 inch thick x 5 inch wide oak pre-finished micro edge hardwood installed in an open floor plan: living room, dining area, kitchen and family room. This installation is above grade on plywood main floor, but with an unfinished basement below it (which is below grade and has a concrete floor). Continue reading Multiple gaps running the length of the planks
Q: I just got my hardwood floors done. My floors had to be raised. Now I can’t put a rug at the front door. If I cut the door bugs will come in. What can I do? Continue reading My floors had to be raised, now I can’t put a rug at the front door
Q: We have a few gaps between boards where the filler has popped up. I don’t mind filling it again (and again as needed), but I am wondering if doing so makes the floor water-tight (or as water-tight as it can get). I ask because I love my Scooba floor cleaner, but it can only be used on hardwood with no cracks. Continue reading Does filler make the floor water tight?
Q: My dark 2 year old hardwood floor has developed a light patch in front of the couch. I have tried gently washing it. I usually clean with a [popular brand] floor mop. Do you have a suggestions for me? Continue reading Wax from floor mop causing light patch
Q: I would like to adopt a 95 lb. golden retriever, but my landlord says he will scratch the floors that were recently redone. What is the usual damage done? And what is the average cost for repair in a house with 4 average sized rooms with hardwood floors? Continue reading Landlord says a large dog would scratch the floors
Q: We plan to have newly stained and refinished red oak hardwood installed in our kitchen. Would it harm the floor if we place a piano (on plywood) onto the newly stained and refinished floor? Continue reading Would it harm the floor if we place a piano (on plywood) onto the newly stained and refinished floor?
Q: I want to make a mat for a rolling chair at a desk. I thought about using 3/4 inch MDF and gluing wood flooring on it. The room has shag carpet and I can not remove the carpet. Continue reading Making a hardwood platform for a rolling chair at a desk
Q: We recently moved into a home with very nice wooden floors. We added a large oriental rug in the middle of the room. Within a day or so, the wooden floor became very slick. I have vacuumed, cleaned the wooden floor (which helps for a day), but it quickly becomes slick again. Continue reading Wooden floor became very slick after adding large rug
Q: My father has a 30 year-old, nailed down hardwood floor. This winter is the first time he is planning to close down the house for the winter months (drain water pipes and shut down the heat). He is concerned that if he does not leave any heat on in the house that his hardwood floors will be damaged. Continue reading Planning to close down the house for the winter months
Q: We had new oak floors put in 3 years ago. We would like to go away for 3 months in the winter and turn the heat off. What can happen to the floors? Continue reading Turning the heat off in winter