Bleaching from carpet tape so severe even darker stain won’t hide it

Q: We pulled out grungy carpet and now have tape marks that are a lighter color than the rest of the floor even after sanding. We had been told by multiple people that if we went with a darker stain you wouldn’t see the difference however the carpet tape marks are still lighter than the rest of floor. Do you have any suggestions on how to fix this? Continue reading Bleaching from carpet tape so severe even darker stain won’t hide it

Matching new (heart pine) hardwoods to 95 year old hardwoods

Q: I had termite damage in one room of my 95 year old home. The room required new flooring. The other rooms have a dark, consistent appearance. The new flooring was stained, but its appearance is noticeably lighter and the grain is heavier. Continue reading Matching new (heart pine) hardwoods to 95 year old hardwoods

White oak cabinets cannot be stained a really dark brown color?

Q: I am building a house and my painter says that my white oak cabinets cannot be stained a really dark brown color. I am not wanting any red, just maybe an espresso type color. He says the ONLY way to get them close to the color that I am wanting is to use a new alcohol stain. Is this true? Continue reading White oak cabinets cannot be stained a really dark brown color?

Porch and porch ceiling can’t be stained?

Q: I installed a Mahogany T&G porch floor and Cypress T&G porch ceiling for a client about a month ago as part of a larger project. We specifically state in our contract that we don’t stain, but do provide our clients a list of companies who do. Continue reading Porch and porch ceiling can’t be stained?

Areas where stain is blotchy and unevenly colored

Q: We are having our oak floors refinished in a darker stain to add contrast to the other woods in the house. Last evening, the professional finished sanding and added the stain. He is coming back today to do the poly sealant; however, my husband and I noticed areas like in front of the refrigerator that are blotchy and unevenly colored. How can this be fixed? Continue reading Areas where stain is blotchy and unevenly colored

Stained and now have footprints throughout the room

Q: We sanded our old maple floors, starting with coarse grit, going all the way to 180 grit. After vacuuming the floors and cleaning with mineral spirits, we let the floors dry. Wearing clean sneakers (the bottoms were clean), we stained the floors a chestnut color. Now we have 1 coat of stain and footprints throughout the room. Continue reading Stained and now have footprints throughout the room