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This is a must read before you pick up that floor sander, it may save your floor from a fate worse than death. In this article I will discuss the different sanding methods I use depending on whether I will be staining the wood floors before applying the floor finish, or I am just applying the floor finish directly to the wood floors.
This stain article for your wood floors will talk about what type of stains to use on particular woods, and the best methods to apply them. I will also talk about the dreaded white pigmented stain, dye stains, and ebonizing wood floors.
The most common question I am asked is how to I remove dark urine stains from hardwood floors. Read this and you'll find out how do this and take care of other accidental spills on your floors. I think I've covered it all in this article.
In this article I will give you the inside story on how to nail down a new strip floor so that no future squeaks will occur. I will tell you the hidden truths about OSB (oriented strand board) subfloors. Believe me when I tell you that this article goes well beyond the "industry standard".
You may find that your wood floor has been sanded to many times in the past, and now is too thin to be sanded again. OR there may be a case that absolutely forbids you to make even a spec of dust (for health reasons or protecting electronic equipment) during the refinishing job, but still, you have to remove all the old finish to do a good job. This article will show you how to use safe, but effective chemicals, to refinish your wood floors.
A slab on grade subfloor presents a lot of concerns when trying to install some types of wood floors. And if it's a fairly new home it may have one of those hydronic-heating systems installed right in the slab. I've decided to write this article siting the best choices, down to the worst choices, in each category of floor types.
In most cases the three wood flooring members (the joist, subfloor and finished hardwood) have separated, and the nails binding them are moving in the nail holes. A little dust in these nail shafts makes the boards squeak. That's why talc, wax and graphite offer a temporary solution. But why not try a permanent fix for your squeaky wood floors?
Well, the first thing to do, is to dry out the floor surface and more importantly the subfloor, so that the boards don't continue to warp. In fact if you have a plywood subfloor, it going to be very difficult drying the underside of all the hardwood floor boards affected, because of the waterproof nature of plywood.
I promised a novice floor guy in New Jersey to write this article. He's been having quite a problem with his wood floors, (and I'm sure customer complaints) because he has been leaving bubbles in the last coat of polyurethane. He would like a quick fix, and I'm afraid both you and he may be miffed by the length and detail in this article. I cannot help this, but you will be satisfied by the depth this article will cover.