Q: When is it safe to be around the fumes from hardwood floor refinishing / varnish?
A: A chemist tells me that generally for both solvent
and water borne finishes, the solvents used are dissipated in 24 hours. Solvent based coatings can be dry enough to walk on in 8-10 hours and water borne in 1-2. Drying and hardness curing are not the same thing however. Both coatings will continue to get harder or cure, and depending which finish is used can take from 24 hours to 4 weeks.
Newly finished hardwood floor feels rough
My newly installed hardwood floors feel rough when you wipe your hand across them. Our contractor said he doesn't know of too many people who sit on the floor so it shouldn't be a problem. It feels this way after 4 coats of polyurethane. Is this the way it should…
Wood floor safe treadmill mats?
Q: We recently had maple engineered wood installed in our home. Can you recommend treadmill mats for hardwood floors? The manufacturer will not give me a straight answer. I am worried about moisture/mold problems, and do not understand what type of rubber to use. A: Is this a mat to…
Newly installed floor w/ some boards cracking
Q: I recently had new hardwood floors installed. Now some of the boards are cracking. A: The boards probably had the cracks when installed, but now with environmental changes they are opening up. They may have to be removed and replaced.
Gouges and scratches on newly refinished floor
Q: I just had my floors (yellow pine) sanded down to bare wood and refinished with three coats of polyurethane. Within 48 hours my wife dropped a pack-n-play causing several quarter sized gouges in the poly surface, and 84 hours after finishing the floor a cable service man came in…
A couple cracks and scratches on newly installed floor
I have recently installed hardwood flooring. I have noticed that, on some strips of wood there are scratches and in 2 strips of hardwood there is a crack about 3 inches long. Please advice as to how I could fix this. The hardwood used in this case is cherry kempas.
Rug outline on newly finished floor in short time
Q: I had my wood floors refinished 2 months ago. I waited 3 weeks to put furniture and rugs down on them. I was vacuuming last week and rolled back the rug to vac underneath and found that there is an outline of the rug on the refinished floor. I…