Removing a blob of silicone from wood floor

Q: We removed carpet in our living room, with plans to sand and varnish the floors (turned out great in the bedrooms several years ago). Smack in the middle of the floor, there’s a hardened blob of gunk. It’s kind of pink. Continue reading Removing a blob of silicone from wood floor

Stain was applied over ceiling and wall sanding dust in grooves

Q: Our builder has applied an ebony Minwax stain to our mahogany colored pre engineered hardwood floors. This was done to cover up all the ceiling and wall sanding dust that had settled into the distressed grooves in the floors. A year later I’m still getting black stain on rags when I clean, and on our socks and feet! Continue reading Stain was applied over ceiling and wall sanding dust in grooves

The National Wood Flooring Association considers gaps as wide as a dime to be normal

Q: We’re buying a gut-reno’d home in Boston. We did a walkthrough to talk about some changes yesterday and found that the heater is malfunctioning. In the finished attic, the temp was 100+ degrees, and on the second floor, it was 90 degrees. It has been at this level for ~3 days. There are a few spots where shrinkage has happened (along with some separation of the moulding in some spots). Continue reading The National Wood Flooring Association considers gaps as wide as a dime to be normal

White streaking where area rug was

Q: My son bought a home recently. Where the sellers had an area rug on their floor there is a white streaking, worse along the edges, about 2 ft wide. It’s not tacky. Appears like it’s one with the wood. We tried hardwood floor cleaner and buffing, tried mineral spirits, but nothing is working. Continue reading White streaking where area rug was

Injectable adhesive products when ‘squeak ending’ products haven’t worked

Q: I just had a new engineered hardwood floor installed, hand-scraped hickory, nailed, not-glued, over foam underlayment. Now I have a number of popping and cracking areas where the subfloor must not be level. Continue reading Injectable adhesive products when ‘squeak ending’ products haven’t worked

Removing paint off door trim without removing the stain also?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: When we painted before we moved in, we got some paint on the trim around the doors. Would you ask Craig if there is any way I can remove the paint off the door trim without removing the stain also? Continue reading Removing paint off door trim without removing the stain also?

Packing significant gaps between pine planks with rope

Q: I have 36 year old wide pine planks in my log home, 3 bedrooms worth. Many of the gaps have widened significantly (up to 3/8″). I picked out 35 years of gunk, grime, even money, and now have significant gaps that collect everything including making a highway system for the bugs. Continue reading Packing significant gaps between pine planks with rope

Should gaps between floor boards be topped with poly?

Q: I had my oak floors refinished and requested Glitza, which was used. But between some floor boards where there are gaps the poly didn’t cover fully, so gaps are visible. Should I ask my flooring guy to come back? Continue reading Should gaps between floor boards be topped with poly?

Repairing an 8ft long gap 1/8th in wide

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I have a red oak HW floor that was installed in a new house the late summer of 2002. No gaps have developed anywhere in the entire house, save an 8ft run between two planks in the kitchen. The gap is 1/8th of an inch. Continue reading Repairing an 8ft long gap 1/8th in wide