Rough edges around perimeter of room

Q: If you do have just another moment, I would also really appreciate knowing if the 1.5 – 2.0 inches around the walls (I’ve taken the baseboards off) should be as smooth as the rest of the floor. Continue reading Rough edges around perimeter of room

Choosing oil or water-based urethane

Q: I’ve contacted a few hardwood refinishers in the Winnipeg area to do the birch floors on the second floor of my house. I’m uncertain whether to go with an oil or water-based urethane. Some contractors say they only do water-based, others say that they have not been happy with the results of water-based urethanes. Continue reading Choosing oil or water-based urethane

Flaking finish, trying to save pattern carefully stained on floor

Q: Help! Our contractor, who has now disappeared, applied sealer to our wood floors. I had previously stained a checkerboard pattern in the floor. The water based product they used is now flaking. Continue reading Flaking finish, trying to save pattern carefully stained on floor

Finish cracking and splitting

Q: I have pre finished Oak floors. Within 2 months the finish started cracking and splitting. They blame the crawl space; but it’s dry, and the floors that are in the upstairs level are doing the same thing. What would cause finish cracking and splitting? Continue reading Finish cracking and splitting