New bamboo floor making crackling noises

Q: We just installed bamboo flooring 1000 sq. ft. as a floating floor. The underlay was used over Bruce’s laminated original flooring. We now have a bad crackling noise throughout and we are wondering should we redo the entire area with a glue-down process? The noise is very disturbing.

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Magic eraser took finish off

Q: We just got our floors completely redone two months ago. Yesterday a box left a scratch in a very noticeable spot on our floor, and like an idiot, I tried seeing if magic eraser would get the scratch off. It made it worse and I feel like it took some of the finish off. It now looks shinier in that spot and when you look close up it appears a little duller/whiter in color.

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Glue coming up between boards after 5 years?

Q: We purchased house 5 years ago in Florida that has hardwood flooring laid/glued over tile. It appears in some areas the glue maybe coming back up between the boards. I’m not sure if this is from dampness…? How can I repair it?

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Iron burnt hardwood floor finish

Q: I was ironing curtains on my wood floor. Even though I had a barrier protecting the wood, I still had damaged from the heat of the iron. It looks like the top layer was melted off in lots of little bubbles. It’s oak flooring that was just refinished. What can we do?

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Squeaky spot around vent in laminate



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I just purchased a house that has laminate floating flooring (tongue and groove, glued) installed on the 1st floor. There is an area where the floor seems to have bowed. It squeaks when you walk over it. The area is located at a side entrance/exit which connects the house and garage, and at the foot of the entrance way. There is an air vent in the floor. (The house has Central Air and Air conditioner.) Continue reading Squeaky spot around vent in laminate




Wood bleach to get rid of deep dark stains?



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I just bought an old home built in 1915 which has ‘vertical fir’ flooring under years of multiple coats of differing color paint as well as a glue which was used to adhere felt under a rug, I suppose. We removed most of the layers of glue and paint, but the floor seems to be deeply stained by the darker paints from years and years ago. Continue reading Wood bleach to get rid of deep dark stains?




What can be used to remove epoxy paint from wood?



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: We recently purchased a cottage that we are renovating. The kitchen has pine flooring that was painted. Our plan was to remove the paint and bring the natural pine back, however, only the first coat of paint is removable with a chemical stripper.

We have been told that it is possible that epoxy paint was used underneath. What can be used to remove epoxy paint from wood?

A: Have a professional flooring contractor sand it off with his industrial strength, professional sanding equipment. This is not a job a homeowner should attempt with a rental machine.

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Removing excess wax from wood floor

Q: I just recently purchased a house and had a friend help with the hardwood floors. I believe we put down too much of the Minwax Paste Finishing wax because after buffing the floor is still very tacky. What do you recommend to remove the excess wax? What is the next step after removing the excess wax? I have a very upset fiance that wants to move in! Thank you!

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Cupping in middle of room after hardwood installation

Q: I had an old 50+ year wood floor that was upstairs in my house that I took out and reinstalled during a remodel. The floor went down well and looked fine for about 2 weeks. I had someone come and sand, stain, and seal. Sanding was fine, but after staining and poly, something like 5 rows appears to be cupping, only 1 day after poly (rest of the floor is not cupping).

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Replacing boards in a wood floor

Q: I’m trying to find out how to refinish a small area of a hardwood tongue and groove wood floor. I have some pictures. Can you help? I removed the really bad section and an adjoining section to see exactly how much work this is going to be. (I do a lot of handyman work, but I’m not a flooring professional).

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