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How to I clean glue and debris from a hardwood floor without harming the floor?

I recently ripped up ceramic tiles from a patch of hardwood floor - what's the best way to remove the remaining glue and debris without harming the wood itself? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Oct 6, 2008 - 12 answers

Looking for something to cover the ugly carpet in our apartment for less than $500 for 156 sq ft.

Can we get area rugs (or custom cut+bound remnants) to cover our apartment's ugly carpet that won't bubble up or fall apart? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on Sep 6, 2008 - 5 answers

How do I work out a flooring installation gone awry?

What's my recourse with a flooring installation now gone awry that was partially contracted through Home Depot, and partially worked out "on the side" with the installer? [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 on Jul 7, 2008 - 7 answers

How do I remove this strange glue from my previously carpeted hardwood?

How do I remove this strange glue from my previously carpeted hardwood? [more inside]
posted by bradn on Jun 29, 2008 - 5 answers

Cushy playroom flooring on a shoestring budget, please!

Need creative ideas for inexpensive flooring in a playroom/rec room. Our budget is next to nothing. [more inside]
posted by missuswayne on Jun 26, 2008 - 18 answers

Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its carpet time! COOL RUNNERS!

Where can I get modern, bright or otherwise designy carpet runners online or in Southern California? Long, long, by-the-foot options preferred, but if I find something I like I might just buy several of the same one. Other relevant information: I am allergic to beige.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jun 24, 2008 - 5 answers

You want the truth..? You can't handle the truth!

I have about a week or so to find some of this carpet. Yep, it is that stuff that's everywhere. You probably even have 3 rolls of it under your house as we speak. It's almost safe to say, at some point, you really did have like 3 rolls of it - what did you do with them?!! Where should I inquire about getting a scrap of it?? (30cm/12inch -sq.) Demolition.. people? The dump? Is there like an Elephants Graveyard but for carpet?? Also.. I need a hand with repairing melamine/laminex?? ( Bathroom vanity and a cupboard). And (omg!) this blind ( /s)... [more inside]
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har on Apr 2, 2008 - 5 answers

Home Flooring for the Baffled

Please share your experience, strength, and hope regarding flooring options for upstairs bedrooms. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Feb 27, 2008 - 15 answers

Help us coat our floor in something deliciously hideous!

Vinyl flooring that is either NOT ugly or hideously ugly in a way we like: does it exist? [more inside]
posted by InnocentBystander on Jan 6, 2008 - 25 answers

Cork economics

I keep hearing that synthetic wine corks are endangering the livelihood cork farmers. Why hasn't the upswing in the use of cork flooring offset this phenomenon?
posted by machaus on Dec 9, 2007 - 8 answers

Will this floor photo collage work?

Would this art/home improvement project work, or can you share tips on how to make it work? Involves linoleum and vintage photos... [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Nov 2, 2007 - 8 answers

How best to remove glued-on stair nosing?

I need to remove and replace 3/4" hardwood stair nosing that has been attached to the subfloor with some sort of adhesive. [more inside]
posted by oncogenesis on Oct 2, 2007 - 8 answers

How can I find a good contractor to install carpeting on really short notice?

I need carpeting installed in an apartment in Yonkers NY within the next 48 hours. I also don't want to spend a lot. [more inside]
posted by Darke on May 30, 2007 - 6 answers

Is my kitchen floor real linoleum?

Is there a way to tell if my kitchen floor is real linoleum, or vinyl? [more inside]
posted by peep on Feb 17, 2007 - 13 answers

I need some flooring scraps and they won't give or sell them to me.

How do I get a few planks of flooring from a company that says they don't sell material without also installing it? [more inside]
posted by pmbuko on Feb 13, 2007 - 8 answers

Underneath my linoleum--a secret treasure! (question about subflooring)

We are going to install about 200 sq. ft. of laminate flooring in our kitchen/dining area, which is 1/2 linoleum and 1/2 ugly blue carpet. Because the previous owners installed 1/4" subflooring before they put in the original vinyl, there is a height difference between the carpeted area and the vinyl floor area. Should I rip out the old subflooring to level it out, or add subflooring to the recessed area so everything is level? There is *really* old linoleum underneath the carpet and the subflooring. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Dec 9, 2006 - 13 answers

How to remove paint from a parquet floor?

How to remove paint from parquet floors? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Nov 8, 2006 - 9 answers

How to remove tea/turmeric stains on vitreous tiles?

Vitreous Enamel Tiles absorb tea and turmeric, the stains of which can't be washed. They make tiles look ugly. Is there any method/chemical remove the stains caused by them?
posted by vicharak on Nov 7, 2006 - 4 answers

Olive Oil vs. Unfinished Red oak floor

I spilled olive oil on our new red oak hardwood floor, the day before the contractors are coming to sand, stain and finish it (a small bottle fell off the shelf and the top popped off) . How screwed are we? [more inside]
posted by Scoo on Oct 8, 2006 - 11 answers

Advice on Carpet Tile pile?

Carpet Tile users/owners: I need advice - Which style of Flor has the thickest pile/nicest feel? It will be used in my living room. [more inside]
posted by somethingclever on Aug 27, 2006 - 3 answers

What can I use for flooring on my balcony?

What can I put down on my balcony as "flooring" which will fill in the gaps, keep stuff from falling through on my downstairs neighbor and maybe prevent her smoke from drifting up? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Aug 15, 2006 - 13 answers

Carpet Tile?

Has anyone used carpet tile? If so, were there any problems with the tiles not staying in place? Also, if anyone can recommend a manufacturer, I'd appreciate the tip. I've seen Interface Flor but want to explore my options, if any exist. [more inside]
posted by somethingclever on Jul 12, 2006 - 14 answers

Drying hardwood floors

How do I dry hardwood flooring? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx on May 22, 2006 - 4 answers

Hardwood Floor Help

Hardwood Floor Filter -- How can I spruce up my hardwood floor without a major refinishing project? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Mar 10, 2006 - 7 answers

oilspill + hardwood floor != crazy delicious

oil spill on hardwood floor: cleanable? [more inside]
posted by Hackworth on Feb 18, 2006 - 8 answers

Hardwood floor in the bathroom?

Experiences with hardwood floors in the bathroom? I have decided I want to install hardwood flooring in my bathroom. If you have ever lived with wooden bathroom floors, please let me know if there is anything I should be aware of. [more inside]
posted by evoo on Jan 17, 2006 - 25 answers

What's the cheapest way to finish a wooden floor?

Rough wooden floors: I just helped a friend tear out the mold and flea-infested carpet in her new apartment. Underneath were unfinished, rough, but not horrendous wooden planks (pic 1, pic 2). Money is tight, so we are looking for the cheapest quick-and-dirty method of making the floor livable. Help us think outside the splintery wooden box! [more inside]
posted by 4easypayments on Sep 10, 2005 - 21 answers

Carpet (glue) bombing...

RenovationFilter: We just bought an old library out on the great plains. Yes, library. But that's not the point. It's a wonderful, hundred-year-old brick building. The floors are beautiful, straight-grained, old-growth fir. Unfortunately.... [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jun 10, 2005 - 27 answers

Hardwood flooring

I have a friend who wants to buy a sweet (and cheap!) fixer-upper in an up-and-coming section of Philadelphia. Thing is, she'll need to do a lot of work to renovate it, including putting in new floors... [more inside]
posted by AlexReynolds on May 18, 2005 - 14 answers

How to Clean Hardwood Floor

I just moved in to newly built condo... I have spent a lot of money to option IN for SHAW Brazilian Cherry Hardwood floor..(100% covered 1300sq.ft (according to my research it maybe engineered Durashield coated ones like most hardwood floors now days)... Just before I moved in I saw a builder employee cleaning the floor.. He told me he is using PINE-SOL type cleaner... It did look shiny at first.... But I have been here for 3weeks now... The white films would not go away... even now my socks are yellowish oil all over when ever i step one or two steps.... foot marks are eveywhere... now it looks dusty and smudged all over... (there is no dust... but looks dusty with smudges).... I tried to clean it off with No-Was Bruce hardwood cleaner.... No luck... I tried little bit of water in the corner with about 5 small towels... it finally came off (it took me about 1 hour to do 6sq.ft..) it was very hard work.... I contacted the manufacturer.. they said NO oil based cleaner or wax should be used on these.. especially Pine-Sol and Pledge.... They said It was coated like clear coats in new cars..never needing wax... so basically putting pine-sol on these type of floor is like spraying Armor-All on paint of new car....At least new car can be washed off with a lot of water and soap... [more inside]
posted by curiousleo on Apr 19, 2005 - 25 answers

Can you lay Pergo over concrete?

Can you lay Pergo over concrete? We are negotiating with a builder to buy a house he's built. The negotiations revolve around what kind of flooring he will install. There's a family room with a concrete floor in the lowest level of the house, and we'd like to have Pergo on the floor. the room has a door to the back yard, and we figure laminate is the most durable, comfortable compromise.

The builder doesn't think you can lay Pergo on concrete, and is pushing carpet. We don't want the maintenance burden of carpet next to an outside door. Tile would be too cold. All the web sources say if you put down a vapor barrier first, Pergo is OK. Anyone have experience with Pergo on concrete?
posted by Kirth Gerson on Feb 14, 2005 - 14 answers

Laminate or Pre-Finished Hardwood?

HomeImprovementFilter: We are about to start the finishing work on an addition, and we're trying to decide what type of flooring to buy:Laminate, or pre-finished hardwood? We've looked at both, and I think I like pre-finished hardwood better, but I wanted some real-life commentary, rather than my speculation. Any laminate horror stories? Successes? Pre-finished camp have anything to add?
posted by Medieval Maven on Jan 17, 2005 - 28 answers

Floors - how do they work?

How are floors held up in a typical house? Such as, for instance, a Dutch colonial? How much weight can they support?
posted by adampsyche on Aug 26, 2004 - 9 answers

Tile Flooring Advice

Can anyone share any info on Edge Precizion Tile flooring? I'm considering it for a DIY kitchen, but have been reading some horror stories online from untrusted sources. (yes, I trust the opinions of my mefi pals!!)
posted by archimago on Aug 6, 2004 - 5 answers

Use carpet squares instead of standard carpet?

Carpet squares. Have any DIY-types on MeFi used these instead of standard carpet? I'm stuck between the Scylla of finances and the Charybdis of an incredibly ugly hardwood floor (the previous owners were too frail to do anything about upkeep and the wood itself is damaged--not just the finish). The squares would allow me to leave the floor almost wholly intact, which would be a plus if I eventually decide to sell. And the total cost will be about half that of regular carpeting w/installation. But are they worth the investment? I've seen some brief positive responses, but that's it.
posted by thomas j wise on Feb 22, 2004 - 11 answers

Ardex Floors

'Nother flooring question: Nurri and I want to Ardex the floors in our new place, for that clinical-industrial-minimalist look. Does anybody have any advice as to whether it's better to rip up the extant Pergo flooring and apply the Ardex to whatever substrate may be hanging out under there, or simply slap it on over the Pergo?
posted by adamgreenfield on Jan 9, 2004 - 8 answers

Refinishing a Parquet Floor

Mrs MattR and myself have long wanted a hard wood floor to replace the carpet in our house...after some research and pricing, I decided to go for a light oak or beech coloured hardwood panel system - and discovered that an important aspect is the base.

On peeling back my carpet to check - I found a beautifully laid, but in bad condition Parquet floor...in very dark wood...now I'm torn, cover this up? Or use the floor which is the wrong colour?

Or is there a third way - someone tells me that parquet flooring can be bleached to different colours and reconditioned...anyone seen this done? Anyone had it done? Whats your experiences of parquet floors?
posted by mattr on Jan 9, 2004 - 8 answers

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