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Hardwood floors: What could leave spots of bare wood?

We are finding bare spots on our hardwood floor, (i.e. apparently missing the polyurethane sealant). We have found spots in the middle of the floor (away from windows) in a few locations (images here). The wood looks bare. The edges of the spots missing the polyurethane are crisp. I do not believe this is water damage. It doesn't appear to have "bubbled up" characteristic of the water damage that I've seen. [more inside]
posted by KevCed on Oct 9, 2016 - 13 answers

How do I clean these wood floors?

Not sure what kind of wood it is. Moved in several months ago, but haven't done more than swiffering for fear of not using the right cleaners. [more inside]
posted by manderin on Sep 6, 2016 - 13 answers

Replacing Floors Without Moving Out

If you have replaced the floors in your home without moving out in the process, can you share your experiences with me? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Feb 29, 2016 - 13 answers

keeping my dagnabbid floors clean

i have painted cement floors that i can't keep clean. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Dec 10, 2015 - 10 answers

Painter in NYC

Looking for a solid, reasonably priced painter in NYC to paint our ~1,000 square foot apt in Brooklyn before we move in. Nothing too complicated, only 1-2 colors. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Aug 13, 2015 - 6 answers

Is there asbestos behind this sheet vinyl floor?

I'm fixing up a condo that I'm going to rent from my parents in 2 weeks. The kitchen floor is sheet vinyl on a concrete slab. I think my father said it's a floating floor. It's really worn out with large gouges and it's peeling up on the edges in some places. My father and I are planning to tear out the sheet vinyl and replace the floor with nice new vinyl planks. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Jul 13, 2015 - 6 answers

How screwed are our wood floors after flooding?

We came home this afternoon to find that a toilet water line had detached, flooding a few rooms in our house -- some of which had newly refinished wood floors. We got everything cleaned up, and the flooding lasted at max a few hours, but there's some minor but definite cupping on the affected parts of the wood flooring. Fans are running and things are drying, but how serious is this? Do we need to call somebody ASAP, or will things settle out on their own over time? Are our floors totally hosed? [more inside]
posted by captainawesome on Jul 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I paint my hardwood floor?

We live in an 1877 Victorian house in the UK. We're trying to do it up, but don't have a ton of money to spend. We've just painted the walls of one of our bedrooms and they look great, but the carpet in that room is ugly and in poor condition. I've taken a peak underneath and there are pine wood floors. They look in good shape but don't look like they've ever been refinished. We're thinking of taking the carpet up and painting them. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on May 29, 2015 - 31 answers

Best product question: furniture pads version

We have hardwood floors and despite the use of carpets, there are now lots of scratches in areas of heavy use. We have felt pads on the legs of our stuff but the things seem to come off at every opportunity, especially on items that are moved often (dining chairs). I hate having to reapply them and I hate the stupid black felt circles that come off knocking around the floor all the time. Is there a better way? What is the absolute best pad I can buy? Most items have wooden legs but a couple are metal. Can't easily increase amount of rug converge.
posted by bq on May 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Flooring options to replace ancient tile

The ceramic tile throughout my house is old, crumbling, and needs to go. Please help me sort through my flooring options. [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ on Jan 22, 2015 - 11 answers

It's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hardwood's a-gonna dry

How long should we wait to move into a house that's just had floors redone? [more inside]
posted by RingerChopChop on Dec 10, 2014 - 12 answers

Solid Bamboo Flooring Install Tips?

Anyone have tips for installing "hardwood" (solid, not interlocking) bamboo flooring? ...using the "manual" (no air compressor) cleat nailer? I'm new to this and wondering (as usual) what the tricks are that you only learn the hard way (by doing) that you regret not knowing in advance. [more inside]
posted by Shane on Dec 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Teach me how to keep my floor clean, like I am a small child.

Us: old farmhouse, wood floors, golden retriever, crawling baby. There is dog hair everywhere and the baby gets into it and I feel like I'm going about this all wrong. What do you do with your floors, and pets? The floors aren't very fancy, if that helps. Not as bad as the last AskMe about wood floors, but no high polish and lots of cracks that could really be tighter. I'd just like to keep everything clean and tidy so that baby can roam and my feet are happy. I grew up with carpet so this is totally foreign.
posted by checkitnice on Aug 18, 2014 - 25 answers

How have you shared appliance purchases with landlords?

Do you have experience with conversations like "I'd really like to get a nice new stove, can we come to an agreement on the cost?" What have you done, what's worked, etc? [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Jun 24, 2014 - 30 answers

Creeky Hardwood Floors

We have pretty nice looking hardwood floors. They are becoming increasingly creeky and I am becoming increasingly obsessed. What can I do that doesn't cost BIG $ or make the floorboards look mismatched? [more inside]
posted by demonstartivepapadonous on Feb 2, 2014 - 10 answers

I waxed my skis, now please un-wax my floors

I offered up my house's basement to apartment-dwelling friends for a ski waxing party, and now walking through my basement with sock feet is potentially lethal. Is there anything I can do to tone down the slippage? [more inside]
posted by adiabat on Dec 19, 2013 - 9 answers

Is a steam mop worth it?

We have all hardwood floors, other than two tiny areas of ceramic tile in the kitchen and bathroom. I have been using a Swiffer WetJet on the floors, but I dread mopping the floors with it because it uses so many pads (we have two dogs in a tiny house so our floors get really dirty), the cleaner refills are expensive, and I don't even think it actually cleans all that well. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Nov 27, 2013 - 18 answers

Soundproofing a rented flimsily-built (Theatre) rehearsal space

We've rented a rehearsal space for our theatre company on the second storey of a really old shophouse. Our rehearsals are pissing off our downstairs neighbour. How can we soundproof our activities? [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Nov 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Where to buy floor heat vent covers?

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 - 5 answers

Offset the cost of kitchen update...by selling the cabinets!

As mentioned before, we live in an old house. One of the many interesting (ahem) design choices of the previous owners was to craft kitchen cabinets out of wood taken from the attic - thick hard pine at least 250 years old. The wood is gorgeous, the cabinets, not so much. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on May 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Recommend a Floor Refinisher in Los Angeles?

Can you recommend a floor refinisher in Los Angeles? It's for an elderly couple in a 1940s home very close to the intersection of Wilshire and Fairfax. [more inside]
posted by palliser on Apr 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Mops that use normal Clorox Wipes

Can I buy or customize a mop that can use standard Clorox Wipes or their generic equivalent? The standard wipes seem to clean my hardwood floors better than the made-for-mop wipes. Plus, I always have standard wipes around.
posted by n81acc on Jan 27, 2013 - 3 answers

Straightforward way to reduce hardwood floor shine?

My very dark strand woven bamboo hardwood floors have a semi-glossy finish. Even after they've been freshly mopped, every speck of dust is visible and they'll look dirty the minute someone – wearing socks fresh out of the laundry, even – walks across the room. Is there any way I can change their finish to matte? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jan 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Paint it white.

Advice on painting a room white from top to bottom. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Jan 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me find an urban-friendly contractor to renovate our condo!

Renovating a condo for the first time in downtown Toronto: How do we find great contractors and designers? How do we get started? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Jul 2, 2012 - 2 answers

Clean with the power of steam!

Do you use a steam floor cleaner? I've read all the reviews, now I'd like your thoughts ... a few special circumstances inside: [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jun 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me clean and protect these wood floors

Looking for advice on cleaning and protecting an old wood floor. The wood is heart pine, I don't know what the finish is, and there are gaps between the boards. Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by jalexc on Jan 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Concrete/General homebuilding questions

Looking into building a house near Golden/Boulder CO area. Planning on using ICF's. Looking for suggestions of almost any kind. Would like the house to be about 2000sqft. Am a teacher and worked construction for several summers (but only w/ stick built houses) a few years ago so I will have some time and rudimentary knowledge. Trying to keep the house as simple as possible to keep costs down. Simple rectangular shape and roof and trying to avoid the need to any custom building supplies. If we keep it under $300,000ish we won't need financing. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Aug 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Dirty Marmoleum - help!

We have a black and white tiled Marmoleum kitchen floor, and dining chairs with metal bobbles on the bases of the legs. The metal bobbles have made dark marks on the white Marmoleum. So has the kitchen bin. Normal floor cleaner won't get it off. Worried about what to use as Marmoleum is an organic material, so can't be too harsh with it. There is a "Marmoleum" brand cleaner - anyone used that? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Jul 5, 2011 - 8 answers

A different type of planking

Any ideas what this type of flooring is? [more inside]
posted by timshel on Jun 7, 2011 - 8 answers

I may have to give up on cheap, but fast and reliable would be nice.

Recommendations for hardwood floor refinishers in Brooklyn, NY? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on May 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Cork floats

Cork Flooring -- recommended brands and experiences? [more inside]
posted by seventyfour on May 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Which should we pay for and which should we do ourselves?

DIY: is it easier to go a good DIY job painting walls (interior) or installing laminate floors? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Apr 22, 2011 - 32 answers

What can we do with an older house with carpeted hardwood floors?

My wife and I are about to close on a house. Most of the rooms are carpeted and we're wondering what we should do; we'd like to rip out the carpets but are worried that the hardwood floors underneath (assuming that the floors are hardwood) might be covered with lead-based paint. Also, we pretty much have less than one month to do the floors. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Mar 20, 2011 - 23 answers

Safe to raise a baby on a concrete floor?

Is it safe to raise a baby in an apartment with a polished concrete floor? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Jan 30, 2011 - 19 answers

Would you mind taking your shoes off?

If I asked you to take your shoes off when you came into our (North American) home, would you be put off? What kind of foot covering can I offer you to make it less annoying? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jan 4, 2011 - 222 answers

Any way to get grout residue off of hardwood?

Any tips for getting grout residue off of hardwood floors? Some previous owners of my house had carpeting in the living room, and tiles that they placed around the fireplace hearth (tiles were 1/4" thick and brick-like, in case anyone cares). I removed the carpet and the tiles to reveal the hardwood floors underneath, which is in fairly good shape in most areas. Except right around the fireplace where some white residue remains from where the tiles were. Is there anyway to reduce or remove this completely other than refinishing? Or should I just put an area rug over it until that time comes? [more inside]
posted by weathergal on Dec 30, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I clean the white painted concrete floors in my apartment?

how on earth do I clean these crazy floors? The paint isn't sealed - it's floor paint - and the floor isn't totally even. [more inside]
posted by amycup on Dec 17, 2010 - 5 answers

What kind of wood flooring should we get?

What kind of wood flooring should we get for our new house? Complications: two small kids, largish dog, budget. [more inside]
posted by ish__ on Dec 16, 2010 - 13 answers

Fixing very uneven concrete floors in existing houses?

Builders and contractors: is there anything that can be done, after-the-fact, about very uneven, sloped concrete floors? [more inside]
posted by rkent on Dec 15, 2010 - 17 answers

Don't make me refinish these floors...

What kind of doormat can I use to protect my wood floors? [more inside]
posted by fshgrl on Sep 26, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me decide whether to get cork floors in a rental property

So what's the deal with cork floors? [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA on Aug 26, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me clean my floors!

My roommate and her dogs are finally moving out. Now how do I rehabilitate the floors in my house? [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel on Aug 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Only step where I step...

How should I refinish my doug fir floors for maximum durability? [more inside]
posted by fshgrl on May 17, 2010 - 12 answers

What tools/methods make regular cleaning of hardwood floors quick and easy?

What tools/methods make cleaning hardwood floors a breeze on a regular basis? It's taking too much time and effort right now! [more inside]
posted by wannaknow on May 4, 2010 - 22 answers

Hardwood floor refinishing

Tell me about refinishing hardwood floors. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Mar 18, 2010 - 8 answers

How can I fix my floors?

How can I fix the surface of parquet flooring which I have damaged with the plastic casters on an office chair? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Jan 25, 2010 - 7 answers

All I want is a rug that doesn't try to kill my in my sleep.

I want to buy area rugs that will have the minimum possible negative impact on my family's health (crawling baby, spouse with allergies). Low to moderate budget. Are Ikea wool rugs the way to go? If not, any other ideas for non-offgassing, somewhat non-allergenic, but still comfy floor coverings? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 11, 2010 - 16 answers

Office Floor Materials

What flooring for my home office can withstand constant pressure from office chair casters? The chairs and users will be moving between different stations in a very small office area. This makes chair floor guards unusable. I would even consider natural stone if it would stand up to the chair movement. I have also considered machining large circular pads with carpeting or some other sliding material on the bottom to replace the chair casters. These would spread the weight of the loaded chair over a larger area.
posted by Raybun on Sep 18, 2009 - 11 answers

A Not Quite Fix for My Poor Hardwood Floors

How can I limit damage to my virtually-unfinished hardwood floors without the trouble/expense of refinishing? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Aug 25, 2009 - 14 answers

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