Sticky refinished floors 3 weeks after coating

Q: We had our wood floors refinished (sanded, stained and polyurethane top coat) about 3 weeks ago and our floors still feel sticky. It’s driving me nuts. I’m cautious about what cleaners are safe to use, I’ve seen mixed reviews about homemade cleaners with vinegar. What can I do to make sure we aren’t tracking the top coat everywhere, including our new carpet!

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Lung-irritating adhesive odor lingering after one week

Q: We recently (one week ago) installed a engineered wood floor over existing particle board with mastic and nails. There has been a lingering odor that is irritating to the lungs. The wood itself is low VOC and has no smell. It must be the glue or mastic that is curing, etc. Is this a common problem and will the smells abate in time?

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Smell of polyurethane from neighbours

Q: I live on a third floor apt and my landlord is redoing the first floor flooring. He used polyurethane on his hardwood floors and the fumes carried up all the way up the hallway into our apartments. Can he do that and then leave for the night but not say anything to tenets? I’ve lived here 15 years and shouldn’t have to smell first floor fumes, should I? What can we do about it?

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Cleats not sinking flush

Q: I’m having problems with cleats sinking flush to the bottom of the groove. I’m installing 3/4 oak prefinished flooring using 2-inch cleats, over 3/4×4 inch plank flooring. I also installed 1/4 inch plywood on top of planks. I turned my air pressure up to 160 and still was not able to get the cleats to sit flush. I also tried staples and the same problem. I tried hiring a few cleats into the subfloor and both times the cleat was flush to the subfloor. Using 15.5 gauge cleats.

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Is this finish flaking of 20 yr old floors toxic?

Q: We moved into a house that’s about 20 years old, as are the wood floors. The polyacrylic or polyurethane finish is in bad shape. It is scratched and chipping/ flaking. Over the past few months, I’ve noticed the clear chips are sticking to our feet from walking on the floor. It gets on our socks, on the couches, everywhere.

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Finding it hard to match an existing floor thickness

Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors:  I am diligently trying to match an existing floor so I can add on to it. Unfortunately, the local flooring company is no longer in business so matching it has been very difficult. The flooring is 1/2″ thick.

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DIY sanding a prefinished wood floor



Q: We had pre-finished hardwood installed in our home when it was built. It was everywhere except the great room. Recently we decided to put wood in the great room but that pre-finished wood color was no longer available. So, we installed unfinished red oak, got stain custom matched (it matches perfectly) and put down the coats of poly.

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How much should I pay for unsatisfactory work?



Q: I recently purchased a home and right off the bat hired a flooring guy to both refinish existing hardwoods and replace kitchen tile with hardwoods and finish to match. When we saw the finished floors, we noticed ripple marks perpendicular to the grain throughout the house.

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Professional hardwood floor refinishing cost



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I would like to find out how much it might cost to refinish my floors after having some renovation done in my home. I added the total feet of the floor that needs to be done, but I’m not sure how to calculate the square footage.

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Preparing wood floors for folk art style painting



Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors:  My whole first floor was carpeted when we bought it, but underneath we discovered hardwood floors! It appears to have either been stripped or to never have been finished. They are very stained and dirty. For now, I would like to paint them in a folk art style until we can afford to have them restored. Do I have to sand them if they have no poly on them? Is this something I could do by myself?

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