By the time customers get to Pete’s, they’re often in the middle of a floor catastrophe and determined to fix their floor so well that it will never have to be touched again. For some reason, this translates into an absolute insistence on a gym floor finish for their dining room floor.
Here at Pete’s, we frequently get bogged down with minutiae of subsistence flooring information: how do you install it, how do you sand it, and how to you clean it? But it’s good to be reminded occasionally that hardwood floors can be transcendent.
Q. I'm sanding a floor from the 1910s where an old rug had been tacked down in the middle of the floor. There was no finish at all under the rug, but there was a coating of some kind around the edge, along the walls. The problem is that the area that was under the rug is much darker than the perimeter and no matter how much I sand, I can't get it to lighten to match the edge. Why can't I sand that wood clean? Buddy W. New Jersey