Removing excess wax from wood floor

Q: I just recently purchased a house and had a friend help with the hardwood floors. I believe we put down too much of the Minwax Paste Finishing wax because after buffing the floor is still very tacky. What do you recommend to remove the excess wax? What is the next step after removing the excess wax? I have a very upset fiance that wants to move in! Thank you!

A: You could dampen a cloth with mineral spirits and wipe the floor. Dampened, not dripping wet. Then give the floor a buff and walk on when not sticky.

Don’t leave such cloth just laying around. They can ignite on their own.

It’s a good thing to remember with all things having to do with coatings of any kind. More or thicker is not better.

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




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?




Creosote stain on newly refinished wood floor



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We just purchased a schoolhouse that is 114 yrs old. The maple floor has recently been refinished. We also have a wood stove in the same room. Unfortunately, some snow or water got into the pipes and dripped creosote onto the wood floor. What would be the best way to remove the stain on the floor? Continue reading Creosote stain on newly refinished wood floor




Large black oily stain keeps reappearing



Q: I recently inherited an 82 yr old home. The floors had very old (more than 20 years) carpet on them. We removed the carpet and found the original hardwood floor underneath. In 1 spot there is a large black oily stain. Continue reading Large black oily stain keeps reappearing




Removing peeling coat of paint from old wood floors



Q: We have just moved into a home that was built in the 1920s. It looks like the previous owners painted over old wood floors with a gray paint. The paint is cracking and peeling every time you step on it. I am afraid that the wood underneath it is so old and unkempt that it would need to be covered with something. Any recommendations how to get rid of the peeling paint? Also, any suggestions on paint that actually works on flooring? Continue reading Removing peeling coat of paint from old wood floors




Sticky dance floor



Q: A charter school that I clean has a dance floor that was redone over the summer. They did not sand the floor, I believe they just resurfaced the floor. It is sticky. Dancers are sticking and falling. Any thing you could suggest to get the floor back to normal? Continue reading Sticky dance floor




Stain on bottom of socks after refinishing



Q: We refinished 100 yr old redwood floors, 1 coat stain, 3 coats polyurethane. After 2 days, when we walk across it in socks afterwards we can see stain lines from some of the cracks on the bottom of our socks. Why is this? Will it eventually dry? Continue reading Stain on bottom of socks after refinishing