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

Dog leaving paw marks on floors

Q: We just had our floors stained 2 months ago and put on 3 coats of polyurethane. Needless to say, my 128 lb puppy left paw prints everywhere. I called the gentleman back and told him our situation. He said we walked on it too soon. He told us we could walk on it a day after so we did. He came back and redid the floors, but this time we waited 12 days before allowing our pup back onto the floors.. he left marks again! Continue reading Dog leaving paw marks on floors

Rushed new floor is cupping



Q: Last December ’16 we had a new subfloor and 3/4in oak floors installed in our dining room, to replace a floor that had buckled. Also in 2 bedrooms we removed carpet to find oak floors there too. We had a few boards replaced because they had been pulled up in the closets during previous remodel. Continue reading Rushed new floor is cupping




Deep gouge lines and puncture holes after sanding



Q: We recently had our oak floors resanded and restained. A few days later, I noticed some deep gouge lines that have very rough edges. They look like two parentheses on top of each other where each parenthesis is made up of 2-3 side by side lines, surrounded by a couple of spots that have 3 neatly lined up puncture holes. Continue reading Deep gouge lines and puncture holes after sanding