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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

Sealing without sanding

What is going to happen if I don't sand before sealing an old hardwood floor with oil-modified polyurethane? [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80 on Sep 19, 2015 - 13 answers

How can I refinish a kitchen table in my one bedroom apartment?

I recently moved into my first apartment (hooray!) and I've inherited a few pieces of furniture I'd like to take care of. First on my list is a kitchen table that needs to be refinished. I only have a small balcony and sometimes it gets dusty outside. Is it possible to refinish this table with such a limited setup? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on Aug 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Is polyurethane safe around kids?

I'm working on a small wooden rocking horse that I've been painting with what is labeled as kid-safe and non-toxic acrylic paint. So far, so good. I've been planning to finish it off with a couple coats of clear polyurethane, but now I'm not sure. The cans' warning labels talk about not breathing the fumes, using it in well-ventilated areas, don't get it in your eyes.... all the standard warnings, in other words. [more inside]
posted by easily confused on Oct 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Polyurethane mattresses -- what's all the fuss?

I'm trying to figure out if there's anything to worry about putting my kid on a polyurethane mattress. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Sep 28, 2013 - 5 answers

I just refinished a hardwood floor. How to speed up the drying process?

I used Minwax polyurethane (oil-based) to refinish a hardwood floor. It's been a day and still is a bit tacky. I understand that I should wait until the floor completely dries to move furniture back in, but I don't have anywhere else comfortable to sleep and I am getting antsy (it is my bedroom/workroom!) Any ways to speed up the drying process? Maybe I could use an electric ceramic heater - or is that dangerous? Or maybe a fan? How stupid of an idea would it be to move some of the furniture back in (in particularly my workstation) approximately 24 hours after the finish has been applied? [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Sep 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Fixing scratches in polyurethane-coated leather

How do I deal with scratches in "polyurethane-coated leather"? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on May 19, 2013 - 2 answers

christmas is ruined

How do I remove nailpolish from a wooden floor? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Dec 24, 2010 - 9 answers

I guess Victorians had better blankets

Insulating my attic cathedral ceiling, but I'm trying to be (a little) cheap about it. [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Sep 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Thumbelina & Paul Bunyan

How can Thumbelina safely and painlessly accommodate Paul Bunyan? This question involves latex sensitivity and significant size difference, and it is all kinds of NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2010 - 13 answers

Help fix our bookshelf

How can we salvage this woodworking project? We've applied two coats of stain, and just finished the second coat of polyurethane - but the poly is drying bleached white! What did we do wrong and how can we salvage it? [more inside]
posted by ish__ on Mar 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Hardwood floor refinishing

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

How to remove paint flecks from polyurethane

Sadly and frustratingly I ended up with paint flakes in the polyurethane I applied to my the seat of my new bay window. How can I get them off the wood so I can refinish it again with the poly? [more inside]
posted by Red58 on Sep 23, 2009 - 1 answer

Is it safe for my pregnant wife to be around polyurethane fumes?

I want to have 2 bedroom hardwood floors refinished. My wife is about 14 weeks pregnant. Is it safe for her to be in the house with the polyurethane fumes from the floor finish? [more inside]
posted by bingwah on Jul 14, 2009 - 20 answers

freshen up a canopy

How to paint polyester fabric canopy? [more inside]
posted by LC on May 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me buy a foam mattress on a budget

How can I find the best foam mattress on a limited (<$400) budget? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 13, 2009 - 8 answers

My polyurethane shoe cracked and it's snowing outside. How do I leave my house?

How does one go about repairing cracked polyurethane boots? [more inside]
posted by giraffe on Jan 18, 2009 - 4 answers

How long does it take a couch to stop offgassing?

How long does it take a couch to stop offgassing? I assembled a new Ikea Karlstad sofa five days ago, and while the odor has decreased a bit, it still smells. Worse, there's some VOC that irritates my nose and throat after I sit on it for half an hour or so, which is rather worrying. (My wife gets the same 'acrid feeling' too.) [more inside]
posted by sebastienbailard on Aug 22, 2008 - 9 answers

A smooth finish for my refinished cabinet doors

Refinishing/refurbishing my kitchen cabinet doors. How can I apply the polyurethane to get a smooth, even shine? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on Jul 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Replacement foam for a larger Pelican case

Need to some replacement foam for a larger Pelican case. [more inside]
posted by hobbes on Jun 25, 2007 - 5 answers

What resin is in this fabric?

I just got some of this nifty resinated chirimen fabric. The manufacturer won't tell what's in it. It hasn't darkened the fabric, doesn't leave a residue on your hands, doesn't smell. It's very pliable, holds a crease, holds a curl, keeps it from fraying. [more inside]
posted by lobakgo on May 23, 2006 - 4 answers

Stain stains?

Spilled polyurethane wood stain on my brick walkway - is it doomed? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Oct 29, 2005 - 8 answers

Cleaning Off the Goop

Possibly unanswerable question: I was working with this and I didn't wash it off fast enough with the right stuff. It's a polyurethane based gunk and I can't get it off my hands. Any tips on cleaning nasty, oil based, sticky, slippery goop off my hands now that it has dried? BTW, the truck looks great with it applied. :)
posted by ajpresto on Mar 8, 2004 - 9 answers

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