My husband broke all the rules when it comes to staining wood

Q: My husband broke all the rules when it comes to staining wood. Aside from a light mopping, he did no prep at all. No sanding, nothing. Then he applied wood stain to the floors. It is 3 days later. The floor is dry, but still a little sticky. Now there is sand popping up all over the floor, underneath a 6×8 rug that he replaced on the second day. Continue reading My husband broke all the rules when it comes to staining wood

Does it need to be professionally redone?

Q: I took 20-year-old carpeting up and have 80-year-old pine floors underneath. I sanded with a machine and sandpaper recommended by a local home store, then stained with a stain recommended by another store (only one coat, and nothing else applied). The sander left marks on the floor from its wheels, and never did sand all the old dark stain off. Continue reading Does it need to be professionally redone?

Splotchy DIY stain job

Q: I recently sanded and stained the floors in my recently purchased house. I have red oak flooring, and really like the way the hall and bedrooms turned out. However, in the living room there are splotchy areas. They tend to be really light like they didn’t take the stain. Is there any way to even out the floor despite the stains? Continue reading Splotchy DIY stain job

Should the sanding option only be done by a professional?

Q: I removed two layers of very old linoleum flooring (over an oak floor) in a seven by twelve foot kitchen. Used Contractors Solvent to remove black mastic adhesive and paper residue with wide scrapper. Continue reading Should the sanding option only be done by a professional?

How to find a good flooring professional

Q: Can you help me determine how to find a good flooring professional. In our previous home we hired a well known local company to install engineered hardwood and had 3 years of issues from underlayment issues to panels moving. We want to have hard wood installed in our new home but I don’t know what to ask to find someone who can do the job well the first time. Continue reading How to find a good flooring professional

Fixing a DIY blotchy stain, dirty finish job

Q: A person helping my boyfriend re-finish my hardwood floors used a non stain-able, yellow carpenters wood glue to float the entire floor. The floor ended up with a blotchy stain job, so we re-sanded. Do you know of anything that may work to remove it or cover it up? Do you think we can cover it up by going over it with the correct product? Do you think we can use a stain with the varathane already in it or that a gel stain will work? Continue reading Fixing a DIY blotchy stain, dirty finish job

Do-It-Yourself Buff and Coat

If you can’t afford a professional and you’re set on a DIY solution to fixing wood floors that aren’t in terrible shape, but could use a lift, here’s a link to a tutorial from This Old House on How to Refinish Wood Floors. By “refinish” they’re not referring to a full sanding, but to a buff and coat or what he calls “scuff-sand” and a coat. Continue reading Do-It-Yourself Buff and Coat