Does filler make the floor water tight?

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?

Wax from floor mop causing light patch

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

Landlord says a large dog would scratch the floors

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

Would it harm the floor if we place a piano (on plywood) onto the newly stained and refinished floor?

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?

Wooden floor became very slick after adding large rug

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

Planning to close down the house for the winter months

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

Protection under the fridge?

Q: I am redoing a kitchen with wood flooring. Should I put some covering under the fridge to protect the floor from any drips, wayward ice cubes or condensation? The fridge will have some space between it and the surrounding cabinet, so I should have room. I hear ice cubes fall somewhere in it now and wonder what I’ll find when we move it from its current spot for the remodel. I just would like to protect the floor as much as is reasonable. Continue reading Protection under the fridge?