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Hardwood Flooring: Six Things to Know
Advice on installing and maintaining wooden floors from expert Sprigg Lynn.
• Is just one area on a hardwood floor worn—in front of a desk, for example? You don’t have to refinish the whole floor; you can do a touchup. “Most people say it can’t be done because they can’t do it,” says Sprigg Lynn of Universal Floors, which does such touchups.
• Want an ebony-colored floor? Be wary of putting on layer after layer of stain to get that dark color, Lynn says—too many coats may cause peeling. Dying the floor first can make for a more durable finish.
• Considering a prefinished floor? Check the thickness of the wood, he says—sometimes it’s too thin to be refinished.
• Do your old floors squeak? Putting a dry lubricant such as baby powder or graphite in the cracks can stop the squeaking.
This feature first appeared in the March 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.
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