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]
posted by steinsaltz
on Dec 4, 2013 -
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?
posted by anonymous
on Sep 5, 2013 -
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!
posted by smelvis
on Aug 13, 2013 -
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]
posted by fso
on Jul 20, 2013 -
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!
posted by planetesimal
on Jul 7, 2013 -
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]
posted by Jacqueline
on Jun 24, 2013 -
We may have made our already-ruined wood floor worse. How can we fix this, at least temporarily? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman
on May 10, 2013 -
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?
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Apr 17, 2013 -
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]
posted by tatiana wishbone
on Apr 8, 2013 -
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]
posted by mairuzu
on Feb 12, 2013 -
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.
posted by Yiggs
on Jan 31, 2013 -
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]
posted by swhitt
on Dec 12, 2012 -
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]
posted by jameslavelle3
on Nov 15, 2012 -
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]
posted by penduluum
on Oct 10, 2012 -
Second-floor toilet is leaking, can you help me figure out the best course of action regarding the floor? [more inside]
posted by joshwebb
on Sep 26, 2012 -
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]
posted by silsurf
on Aug 18, 2012 -
Doing cleaning for moving out. We had nail polish stain on our hardwood floor. Need advice how to clean it up. [more inside]
posted by akomom
on Aug 9, 2012 -
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]
posted by usermac
on Jul 20, 2012 -
What is the difference in quality between Home Depot/Lowe's porcelain tile and that from a specialty tile store? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis
on Mar 3, 2012 -
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]
posted by wexford_arts
on Feb 13, 2012 -
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.
posted by tel3path
on Dec 24, 2011 -
I have a small, tile, kitchen floor (small space, largish tiles). What is the best swiffer-type product to use after sweeping to get the last bit of dirt and crumbs that are left? Or is a traditional mop still the best bet?
posted by nadawi
on Oct 14, 2011 -
Looking for non-surgical ways to stop/improve the condition of a uterine prolapse. [more inside]
posted by lizifer
on Oct 8, 2011 -
I'm moving out of my apartment at the end of the month—and we've discovered that the hardwood floor in our office is moderately scuffed up as a result of a rolling office chair that's dug a bit into the floor. Can we fix this? Pictures and other details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000
on Jul 19, 2011 -
Is there anything I can do about this relatively small stain on my hardwood floors? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg
on Jul 10, 2011 -
What options can you suggest for replacing carpet in a "catbox room" with something moisture-resistant and easily cleaned? Some of the cats occasionally get confused and miss the boxes. The sub-floor is plywood. I've been thinking along the lines of the 2-part epoxy coating I applied to the concrete garage floor several years ago, but don't know if it works well on wood, which flexes. Flooring companies have pointed out problems with conventional floor coverings either absorbing or being etched by cat urine. The room has a wood-burning stove in it, so something that won't burst into flame if exposed to an occasional ember would be best. X/
posted by Death by Ugabooga
on May 30, 2011 -
I am thinking of putting in (DIY) laminate floorboards from Bunnings (australia) into my open plan kitchen/living area. Does anyone have any experience with the the boards from Bunnings or any other useful advice, thoughts or opinions. [more inside]
posted by katelizabeth
on May 14, 2011 -
Has anyone survived a Texas summer (or a similar hell-like environment) living in a second story 110 year old building that has floor vents for air conditioning? Yeehaw. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans
on Apr 26, 2011 -
Now I need help choosing tile for the shower floor. Is the one I picked going to hurt me? I know you are not my tile setter but I've got to order tile soon. Testing the tile before ordering is not an option. [more inside]
posted by bilabial
on Apr 14, 2011 -
I'm building an addition to my home which will include a dance studio/gym area. Looking for advice on what sort of flooring to install. Activities will include pole dancing, might include ballet, yoga, tae kwon do and falling down a lot. I want cushiony floor for the falling, but floor that I can spin around on and slide across for the actual "moves". Do you have any experiences/advice to share on flooring?
posted by Hobbit
on Feb 10, 2011 -
Soft Floors - are there any reasons not to use those interlocking foam squares as a floor covering? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter
on Nov 12, 2010 -
This is a two part question about cleaning a floor. Our floors our filthy, and I need help identifying the type of floor we have as well as suggestions for how to clean it. Assume I'm an incompetent bachelor who knows nothing about cleaning. [more inside]
posted by null terminated
on Sep 11, 2010 -
How to clean unfinished plywood floor. I want to mop and freshen the bare plywood floor in our unfinished attic. I've already swept and vacuumed it.
The floor is not filthy, but there was rodent activity. I'd like to use a solution that sanitizes, if possible. But my priority is not to damage the wood.
There is an oily patch left by the former owners. Smells like they spilled a bottle of lotion. I'm inclined to just mop over that patch and not try to remove the spot. We use the attic for our home gym -- it's not a place where we bring company.
My bottles of Murphy's Oil Soap and Simple Green say "do not use on unfinished wood". Any recommendations for a cleaning solution?
posted by valannc
on Aug 28, 2010 -
I'm looking for (tiling) industry standards for acceptable amounts of lippage (one tile higher than the one next to it) for 12"x12" granite tile. Also, what's the best way to a) Measure and b) photograph the amount of lippage? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin...
on Aug 16, 2010 -