We're looking to replace the hard surfaces on the first floor - basically, the foyer, hallway, half-bath, laundry closet, pantry, kitchen, and breakfast nook. We think we want tile, and even picked out a porcelain tile sample we like. But there are so many choices of materials that we're overwhelmed! Fellow MeFites, what flooring material do you have, what do you like/dislike about it, and what advice do you have to offer us? [more inside]
I'm getting brand new hard wood floors shortly, and I want to avoid the horrible chair scratching that plagued my last floor. I've tried simple felt pads and plastic nail-in pads, but neither worked particularly well. Can you suggest some protection for my chairs, or is this is a lost cause?
One of the casters in my bedframe fell off, and the bare metal of the bedframe gouged out a chunk from my floor (pictures here ). The floor isn't hardwood, it seems like some kind of engineered wood product with a veneer of grain on top. Any ideas of how I can repair this, or am I a dingus who just lost his security deposit?
I swear, every mop I've ever owned has turned me into a hapless klutz from the "before" section of an infomercial. There's got to be a better way! [more inside]
Should I try to save the oak floors from my father's house? We're about to sell it, and the builder is going to bulldoze it. Is it worthwhile to try to pull the old floor out? It's in pretty good shape, and I could use it to replace the cheap and crappy looking center match pine in my own house. I have only myself for labor, though, and have little experience removing floors.
I'm trying to make our TEEENY TIIIINY kitchen very awesome. the floor is a rectangle, about 7'x3' wide. I want to make a custom vinyl floor out of a banner, then use vinyl adhesive to stick it to the existing terrible vinyl flooring, then protect it with some sort of varnish. Can I do this? Is it an awful idea? Could it be cool or will it just be a huge disaster? What should I do instead - think small budget for a small kitchen. [more inside]
My kitchen and living room are one open space. In the middle of the longest wall, I have a kitchen window that is 69 inches wide, and approximately 80 inches high. This window is bare, as I have been paralyzed with indecision about how to treat it. I'm hosting Thanksgiving here in a few weeks, and the time has come to dress this window....but how? [more inside]
My new house will have a dedicated craft room. (squee!) But the floor is currently carpeted, and I intend to work on messy and incendiary crafts. I think I should probably rip up the carpet -- what should I do with the concrete underneath? [more inside]
What is going to happen if I don't sand before sealing an old hardwood floor with oil-modified polyurethane? [more inside]
What tradesman would I call to fix a busted (not just cracked) on-grade slab concrete floor in my garage? [more inside]
Historically I have not been an incredibly handy person, but I currently find myself in the process of DIY building a few modular stage platforms from 2x4s and 3/4" plywood which will be clamped together to serve as a stage for a blackbox theatre space that I run (used for improv, sketch and stand-up comedy). Does anyone have any construction tips or recommendations to dampen the noise from footsteps? [more inside]
What would lead to these very small toilet paper scraps ending up on the bathroom floor? [more inside]
Can you put a mattress on a split box spring directly on the floor, or do we really need to get another bedframe? [more inside]
I have a ceramic tile which was placed over a linoleum floor which I assume was placed over something with asbestos. The tile is in fine condition. The only possible exposure is at the edge. This floor used to abut a carpeted hallway. A few years ago, I pulled up the carpet in the hallway. The edges of all the current and historical floors and sub-floors in the kitchen have been exposed since then. How seriously do I need to take this? [more inside]
Please help me fix my hardwood (rental) floor! I left a barely-damp mop on a hardwood floor for a couple of days and it left a stain. Contrary to other, previous AskMes, this stain is light/white, and looks like tiny little bubbles. I believe there is a polyurethane finish, so I'm guessing the moisture got under the finish and caused it to blister a bit. Rubbing with hardwood floor cleaner hasn't helped. What will? [more inside]
Hey, I want to try doing my work, reading, using laptop, etc. while sitting on the floor. Actually I am buying a Zabuton too to do meditation so I was thinking sitting on that instead of directly on the floor. But I couldn't find small tables... I'm not even sure what the keyword to search for that is. Surely such tables exist! I'm thinking a slightly inclined table would be better instead of having too rigid angles for my neck. Thanks! [more inside]
Rug left terrible honeycomb residue on our hardwood floor. Help! [more inside]
I need some floor chairs for a kotatsu. I've never used one before so I don't know what to look for. What is a good price for a floor chair that will last about 3 years? Are there particularly "ergonomic" floor chairs? [more inside]
My new place has an old hard wood floor that is in serious disrepair. Patched by metal signs, covered in particle board in parts. What is the best way to clean them? [more inside]
I am putting an addition on an old house that has 8" floor joists. For various reasons, it's very problematic to change the ceiling height between the original house and the addition. However, the smallest engineered floor joist I can find is 9 1/2". Code allows me to span 15'7" with 2x8" on 12" center. That's currently the only option I have, however, I've been told my floor will be bouncy.'' Is there anything else I should be considering?
We went to view a house yesterday that we would love to buy - this is in England. It's a gorgeous old Victorian house built in 1877 and it has a lot of good qualities. Not so good, however, is a crack in the ceiling that runs along the length of the living room and dining room ceilings in a straight line. And the floor upstairs is kinda bouncy and squeaky around this area. [more inside]
I rent an apartment with a water-damaged kitchen floor. The flooring has permanent stains on it that I want to hide. The landlord won't pay for the full-scale subfloor repair that would be necessary to renovate it nicely. I thought we could just paper it over with a new layer of vinyl flooring but a workman took one look at it and said he couldn't work with such a damaged floor, without a major renovation. I wonder what the best cheap way would be to just hide the stains and make the kitchen look civilized? [more inside]
I am renting a house with nice, very old wooden floors, and I just discovered a 20" square dog-urine stain under a box I had on the floor. For some reason, it never smelled until I moved the box, so it may have been there for a long time. It has clearly soaked the wood. I'm extremely embarrassed. What are my options? I've read an earlier askme post where the conclusions are basically that replacing the floorboards is the only option. But it might have only been there for a day - is there anything I can try first, in case I can clean it up myself before it turns into a huge expense? I've done a bit of searching and found some testimonials about covering with hydrogen peroxide soaked rags. Is that worth a try?
We're tossing the old carpet and getting the hardwood floors refinished. So happy. We've looked at Flor tiles for the hallway, but what about the stairs? Will they be secure enough? Flooooooorrrr!
My wife and I are redoing a powder room that had some hideous tiles on the floor. We have neither the time nor the money to redo the tiles, so we've decided to paint over them in a semi-gloss white. [more inside]
Sometime in 2009, I bought a few of these floor mats from Costco. They're 36" x 23", have a rubberized grippy backing, a soft top texture, and are not padded. Costco hasn't carried them for some time, and I haven't seen them anywhere else. Now they're starting to fade and fray and I regret not buying more when I could! Has anyone seen this identical mat pattern and style available somewhere recently? I know it's kind of a longshot, but these are a brilliant match for my home decor. Thanks!
I want to replace my floor heat vent covers with solid metal plates but my Amazon-fu and Google-fu are failing me. Online shopping geniuses of MetaFilter, please hope me! I'm in the USA. [more inside]
We may have made our already-ruined wood floor worse. How can we fix this, at least temporarily? [more inside]
My boyfriend owns a house in North Florida that needs to have the floors in the kitchen and living room redone. He rents out the house. He's looking for a good 'middle way': not expensive, but not so cheap that it will have to be replaced soon; nice, but not so nice that it it might get easily damaged by renters (nor ugly, which would lower rent value). N.B.: the price has to include installation since he won't be around to install it himself. Any suggestions for what types of flooring he should look at, especially given N. Florida's climate?
I recently moved into an older apartment with many quirks and charms. The floor is not one of them. It's quarry tile, like you find in restaurant kitchens, and it is disgusting. At one point it had been sealed or varnished, and the sealant is now peeling off. The grey grout looks like someone mashed dirt into it even after it's been scrubbed with Comet. Help! [more inside]
We live in a first floor flat with an empty space (the entrance to the under-flat car park) below us. Although it's a modern flat with supposedly high insulation, the floor in the lounge seems very cold and draughty and the heating takes ages to warm the place up. [more inside]
Back in 2005, I visited St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York with a friend of mine. Recently he asked if I remembered a quote engraved on the floor, something to the effect of, "Forget the [...], take up the chorus". While this sounds very familiar to me, I can't recall the full quote or the source. I remember it was part of a series of quotes engraved on the floor, mostly from (I believe) 20th-century writers and thinkers. Other than that, I'm stuck.
Help save our Christmas! My wife and I are sleeping on the basement floor of my parent's house during Christmas week. We've stayed on a queen-sized inflatable mattress before and it is incredibly uncomfortable. Any recommendations for alternatives? [more inside]
How do I remove a thin layer of vinyl tile backing glue from a hardwood floor? [more inside]
I am having my bathroom professionally remodeled and I am strongly considering having the shower floor made out of wood (most likely Teak or Ipe), resting over conventional concrete drainage. Any experience, advice or vendor referrals from people who have done this or from professionals would be appreciated. I'm particularly concerned with the ongoing maintenance and durability compared to traditional pebble or tile shower flooring. Is it worth the elegance and tactile comfort enhancements? [more inside]
I need some advice about refinishing hardwood floors. Is this something I can do on my own? I've done plenty of research but I want to try and collect input from DIYers with actual experience. [more inside]
Second-floor toilet is leaking, can you help me figure out the best course of action regarding the floor?
Second-floor toilet is leaking, can you help me figure out the best course of action regarding the floor? [more inside]
Floor wax alternative to Bruce Liquid Paste Wax with Cleaner? [more inside]
I recently had the hardwood floors redone. The floor guy did a great job, except dropped the ball in the floor registers, now what? [more inside]
Doing cleaning for moving out. We had nail polish stain on our hardwood floor. Need advice how to clean it up. [more inside]
So I'd like to know if homes built in the USA in 1958 commonly had wood floors and it is possible this owner added the carpet later. If true we'd have hope that the wood below has possibility for restoration. [more inside]
My laminate wood floor creaks like crazy. How do I fix it? [more inside]
What is the difference in quality between Home Depot/Lowe's porcelain tile and that from a specialty tile store? [more inside]
I want to use my unfinished basement as a workout space and have laid down some interlocking foam tiles on the bare concrete floor. However, the floor under the tiles has started showing mildew after a few weeks in place. How can I set up a comfortable workout space in a typically humid but not wet basement without having to lift the tiles every couple of months to scrub out the mildew? [more inside]
Leveling a wooden plank floor to install tile, for dummies. [more inside]
Installing hydronic radiant floor heating when building a new house? [more inside]
My living room is on two ever-so-slightly different levels; is this going to cause problems when it comes to laying a carpet? [more inside]
I sit on the floor a lot. It's uncomfortable and difficult to sustain. Please share with me your techniques and poses to help me achieve this. Bonus points for Alexander-related techniques.
Do I absolutely need cement board under my tiles? What happens if I don't use it? [more inside]
How can I insulate under my front door? [more inside]