Cedar spray dissolved finish in small area

Q: I have an area of my hardwood floor where the finish dissolved and is sticky because I accidentally sprayed something on it. About 2′ by 2′. Can I repair it? Continue reading Cedar spray dissolved finish in small area

What causes white spots on our floors?

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I recently had the hardwood floors in my 1950’s house professionally refinished (sanded, stained, and polyurethaned). The floors were previously covered with carpet and had some stains, thought to be from carpet cleaning chemicals. A couple of months after the floors were refinished, white spots on some areas of the first floor started appearing and keep on getting worse. The floor is above a crawl space. The contractor said he thinks it’s from moisture; however, not all areas are affected and it seems the white spots are in the areas that were previously stained. (- from an Environmental Scientist) Continue reading What causes white spots on our floors?

Damage in floor board in old house may have been by wood beetle

Q: I have an older house with a garage underneath. All of our floors are hardwood. The room directly above the garage has one board that has hollowed out damage on either end that we just discovered as it sort of crushed. None of the other boards show any signs of damage. Continue reading Damage in floor board in old house may have been by wood beetle

Floor making a slight popping or knocking noise

Q: This seems to be a similar question to some previous, but I didn’t see anyone mention a raised foundation. In the last week, I’ve noticed that one area in my dining room and slightly into my kitchen which are connected (about a 4′ stretch) makes a slight popping or knocking noise (not a creak) when walked upon. Continue reading Floor making a slight popping or knocking noise

Spilled a cup of water on wood floor

Q: Our toddler spilled a cup of water on the floor that we did not notice until the next day. It was probably there for 12-16 hours. When we saw it, there was a puddle over an area about a foot square. After wiping it up we’ve been running a fan and dehumidifier in the room for about 24 hours. There is a slight rise in the floor in the area and two or three boards are cupping.

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Enzyme residue from urine stain discoloring floor



Q: We just had our floor refinished with a dark walnut stain and 3 coats of semi gloss polyurethane. My dog unfortunately found that to his liking and urinated on the surface. We immediately wiped it up with a wet paper towel but the surface around that spot has now turned grey and is very noticeably different from the rest of the floor. Continue reading Enzyme residue from urine stain discoloring floor




Bathroom sink overflowed onto laminate floor



Q: This morning our toddler woke up earlier than us and played with the bathroom sink. The sink overflowed into our bathroom and then leaked down stairs through the ceiling to the kitchen. We had to used over 15 towels and a blanket to wipe it all up. I turned on the fan for both areas and it seems like it all dried outside, but now I am worried about mold under our laminate floor.

Should we replace it? The floors are only 3 yrs old.

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Hardwood floors make ticking sound when furnace is on

Q: We just moved in to a new home that was completely re-done, but built in the early 1960’s. We have noticed that our hardwood floors seem to make a ticking sound when our furnace is on. Are you able to provide information why this occurs and what can be done about it?

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Boards are hollow, not glued down properly



Q: I built a new home last July. We have had ongoing problems with our engineered hardwood floor. Two certified inspectors state that the floor was installed improperly. 3100 sq. ft. Every single room has boards that are hollow, not glued down properly. Will these eventually pop since they aren’t glued properly? The builder says he sees no problem. Sure.. he didn’t pay for the floors!

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Small bb sized dents all over laminate floor



Q: My husband and I installed laminate, click-together hardwood floors throughout our kitchen and living room about 8 months ago. I’ve started to notice dozens of small bb sized dents all over the floor. I’d like tip be able to fix it, but mostly I want to know what’s causing it? I’ve dropped a couple things on the floor without denting the floor, so I know it’s durable, but I just can’t figure this one out.

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