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

Do you think this can be a do-it-yourself job, doing one room at a time?

Q: I have striped maple floors throughout my 1st floor. I really don’t know if they were stained that way or are real, but they need refinishing badly. I’m consider do it yourself wood flooring. Do you think this can be a do-it-yourself job, doing one room at a time? Continue reading Do you think this can be a do-it-yourself job, doing one room at a time?

Please hire a reputed professional!

With few exceptions: “I really couldn’t do that, because this type of work requires an apprenticeship, where a person learns through theory and practice over an extended period of time under the tutelage of a professional. This is not DIY work.” 1

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Best way to refinish?

Q: I just removed carpeting from my new home that is 44 years old. The carpet installer went nuts with the staples and some adhesive. All staples have been removed and the adhesive cleaned as best as I could. The floor seems to be in good condition but I would like to know the best way to refinish them if you will. What is the best way to fill in the many ‘holes’ from the staples? Continue reading Best way to refinish?

Polyurethane peeling off

Q: I have 2000 square feet of hardwood floors, and in some areas I have the poly / polyurethane peeling off. So far I have made one huge mistake: I cleaned all the floors with ammonia, and that took the water, dirt, and wax off of them. Continue reading Polyurethane peeling off

Applicator marks in stain, where Lambswool applicator first/last touched the floor

Q: I recently sanded my Red Oak floors and prepared them for staining. They looked amazing before the stain hit the deck. I applied DuraSeal Medium Brown with a Lambswool applicator, following the instructions from the container. I did about a 10 sq. ft., waited about 6 min., and tried to wipe off the excess. Every time I wiped (again with the lambswool applicator), I got a dark stain line / applicator marks in stain where the applicator first/last touched the floor. Continue reading Applicator marks in stain, where Lambswool applicator first/last touched the floor