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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Spilled Clorox on laminate floor

Q: I had a 64oz bottle of Clorox with bleach burst and didn’t realize it. It seeped into the laminate floors and trim. I’m not sure how long it was sitting there but I pulled the trim off and some of the laminate floors pushed up a bit (buckled).

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Mold can’t survive without a water source

Q: My condo had a leak and it affected my ceiling and walls. It was fixed months ago. Now, several hardwood floor panels smell musty along the wall.

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Removing a blob of silicone from wood floor



Q: We removed carpet in our living room, with plans to sand and varnish the floors (turned out great in the bedrooms several years ago). Smack in the middle of the floor, there’s a hardened blob of gunk. It’s kind of pink. Continue reading Removing a blob of silicone from wood floor




Stain was applied over ceiling and wall sanding dust in grooves



Q: Our builder has applied an ebony Minwax stain to our mahogany colored pre engineered hardwood floors. This was done to cover up all the ceiling and wall sanding dust that had settled into the distressed grooves in the floors. A year later I’m still getting black stain on rags when I clean, and on our socks and feet! Continue reading Stain was applied over ceiling and wall sanding dust in grooves




The National Wood Flooring Association considers gaps as wide as a dime to be normal



Q: We’re buying a gut-reno’d home in Boston. We did a walkthrough to talk about some changes yesterday and found that the heater is malfunctioning. In the finished attic, the temp was 100+ degrees, and on the second floor, it was 90 degrees. It has been at this level for ~3 days.┬áThere are a few spots where shrinkage has happened (along with some separation of the moulding in some spots). Continue reading The National Wood Flooring Association considers gaps as wide as a dime to be normal