Oak floor underneath

Q: I have recently moved into a house which has 1930’s vinyl flooring throughout the ground floor. I had pulled this up and found underneath some sort of board- hammered down with hundreds of nails. I have managed to pry some of this board up with a crows for and a mallet but it is very hard work. Is there an easier way? Continue reading Oak floor underneath

Restoring old painted hardwood floors

Q: I am purchasing a home that has painted hardwood floors. The home is nearly 100 years old, and I have no idea what type of wood it has or how many layers of awful paint have been added to the natural wood. Is there hope for restoring this floor to its natural wood? Continue reading Restoring old painted hardwood floors

Streaks from mopping or vacuuming on sanded floor

Q: My husband and I took off the carpet, nails, etc. This past weekend my husband and dad sanded the floors, vacuumed the dust up with a shop vac and then used a damp mop to wipe up remaining dust. The vacuuming and mopping in some parts or the room were done against the grain because at the time we didn’t think it mattered. Continue reading Streaks from mopping or vacuuming on sanded floor

“Gymnasium Finish”

Q: We purchased our home ~6 years ago and the former owners said that the hardwood floors had a “gymnasium finish”. From what I’ve been able to find this means a penetrating oil finish. What is the best product to clean and buff this type of floor? Continue reading “Gymnasium Finish”

Added coat of polyurethane without abrading existing finish

Q: I have a 3/4″ oak floor 10 years old with a oil base ******** Polyurethane. I have lived here since the floor was installed and no wax has ever been used. Cleaned only with damp cloth of water and vinegar. Recently I cleaned floor with damp thinner cloth and about two hours later I applied a coat of the same Polyurethane as original used and a second coat six hours later. Continue reading Added coat of polyurethane without abrading existing finish