Q: I just bought a beautiful mid-century brick ranch in Ohio (1963) and found an amazing, never used hardwood flooring under the carpet. I’ve lifted corners in each room and it all has the same beauty. Carpet tacks along the edges and staples were used for the padding, but glue doesn’t seem to present. It all has lifted off easily.Continue reading How to tell if an old wood floor is coated with wax or shellac (to pick a cleaning product)
Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I would like to know if wide plank flooring would be suitable in the Edmonton, Alberta region, with its cold, dry winters. I am afraid of shrinkage problems (gaps and cracking and warping), but I really like the traditional look of the wide plank. Any advice?
Q: I would like to know the best way/product I can use to sanitize/disinfect my sealed hardwood floors.Continue reading How to disinfect wood floors
Q: I have new engineered wood flooring and the builder’s cleaning crew used Bona to clean the floor before we moved in. Now there is a dull haze on it that I can’t remove. I’ve tried everything. Can you give me some guidance?Continue reading Up-to-date hardwood floor cleaner recommendation – as of 2020
Q: Should we have an underlayment installed over the plywood subfloor before an unfinished solid wood floor is installed in our kitchen, as well in all the other rooms (not bathrooms of course)? Should any drainage pan be installed by a plumber underneath the dishwasher and refrigerator in case of flooding?Continue reading Drainage pan under dishwasher to protect wood floors?
Q: My husband and I recently purchased a home and we are having the floors refinished using Duraseal stain and oil poly. We have a 15-month old son who is very active and into everything. How long after the floors are completed should we wait to move in, so it is safe for our son? Continue reading When can I wash newly refinished floors to remove any sticky residue left behind?
Q: A few days ago we had Bruce engineered hardwood floors installed by a flooring contractor in our bedroom. Continue reading Do not use a steam mop on your wood floor – ever!
Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I put on three coats of polyurethane on my newly sanded and stained floor and was wondering if I need to wax it. Continue reading Waxing a polyurethaned floor?
Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We had a very uneven slab when we started building our home. We put 80% hardwoods in the home. The concrete company floated the downstairs extensively and then put the black tar stuff and plywood down before installing our nail down hardwoods which are red oak. Continue reading Protecting wood floors from the cold
Q: I currently have my floor dug up in my kitchen. I’m trying to find a source of moisture after seeing dark stains in a few spots on my wood floor. So far we have found no leak, but there is moisture in the soil. We have discovered that there was no moisture barrier placed underneath the concrete. Would it be considered standard practice to place a moisture barrier under concrete? Continue reading No moisture barrier placed underneath the concrete