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Here at Pete’s, we frequently get bogged down with minutiae of subsistence flooring information: how do you install ithow 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

Q. Is there an easy way to remove this layer of black stuff on my hardwood floor? 

Q. We just had a new maple floor installed by a contractor.  The floor was sanded and sealed with an oil-based polyurethane, then coated with two layers of a waterborne finish.  I liked how the floor looked after the sealer was applied, but when I came home from work after the waterborne coats were down, the floor looked blotchy, with irregular areas of clean white maple right next to sections that were amber.  Is this normal?

-Anne K. by phone, August 18, 2012