Socks black from hardwood floor

Q: My daughter bought a house with wood floors and the finish comes off on your shoes or feet. I have not been there to see it but do you know or have any idea what it is? It’s blackish.

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I’ve used a rag with turpentine to correct scratches, is this okay?

Q: I’ve got narrow oak board floors. My dogs have taken the finish off by coming and going in and out the door. I’ve used a rag with turpentine to correct scratches, is this okay?

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Scratch repair area is now lighter than rest of floor

Q: I had a scratch on my old hardwood floors (1950’s house, original oak floors). I tried to sand down to get the scratch out. I got below the poly and the floor is now the light color of the original wood. Is there a way to get the area a little darker to get a little closer to the color of the surrounding floor? There is no stain on the floor, just natural color.

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Are dips in an old floor of special concern?

Q: I have a house we recently bought. It’s older built in 1920 and some of the flooring has dips. It’s not horrible, but what could cause this? Is it something that should be addressed immediately?

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Gap of a few inches along wall

Q: We purchased a house that had small areas of incomplete wood flooring in three rooms. There are 3 or 4 rows in each room where the flooring is 2-4 inches short of the wall. Can this be repaired or do new boards need to be put in? And if so, would the color be noticeably off?

Replacing the middle of a damaged floor

Q: I recently put down Acacia Pryzm Armstrong flooring for my neighbors. Their kitchen got flooded and all the flooring in the kitchen and part of the dining buckled up and now smells like mildew. My question is – without removing the whole entire flooring can just that area be replaced? It’s locked in together but I’m not sure how to put pieces back in without removing the whole floor. I really don’t want to do that so I’m hoping you might have a solution.

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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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