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Revealing Hardwood Treasure beneath Carpeting and Linoleum

If you’ve discovered that hardwood floors lie underneath your worn carpeting or linoleum and you want to reveal the beauty, you’ll need to first determine how the carpeting or linoleum was attached to the hardwood before removing.

- If nails or tacks were used, the carpet can be lifted with the aid of a pry bar. Once the carpet is up and the tack strips pulled up, wood putty can fill the holes left by the tacks. Extra sanding may be needed before finishing.

- If the carpeting was attached with adhesive, determine the type used. Usually a dark or tan color adhesive is tar-based and mineral spirits can be used. A light or clear adhesive (usually carpet tape) can be removed with an all-purpose adhesive remover. A yellow-looking substance is generally carpet adhesive and can be lightly scraped or chipped off. An all-purpose adhesive remover will also work. Once the adhesive is removed, sand the floor with a coarse paper and then re-sand with finer paper.

- Linoleum removal is somewhat different. Please take note – products manufactured before 1986 may contain asbestos. Never use a sander on any residue that may contain asbestos. If you are unsure or concerned, contact a linoleum manufacturer and use a certified asbestos removal contractor.

- If you are certain there is no asbestos, pull off as much of the linoleum surface as possible. Linoleum adhesive is usually tar-based, so once the surface is up, remove the adhesive with mineral spirits and a thin scraper. Take care not to damage the hardwood underneath by using heavy-duty scarpers. Follow the wood grain and for stubborn cases, use a heat gun to soften the adhesive. The surface can be sanded even if there is a residue of adhesive still remaining.


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American Hardwood Information Center13 hours ago
Decorative millwork can turn bland interiors into memorable spaces. Minnesota-based architect Meriwether Felt installed stained cherry mouldings, trims, and casings in a master bath renovation. “The stained wood warms up the bathroom and provides richness,” he says. “The client asked for a luxurious, yet elegant feeling, and cherry fit the bill perfectly”

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14 hours ago
#DYK that half the dry weight of a tree is stored carbon and that carbon is stored throughout the life of the tree and any products made from it.

The resolute desk, made from oak, has been a carbon vault since 1880!
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NAFO Forests @NAFO_Forests
Half the dry weight of wood is atmospheric carbon. That includes the resolute desk! When we build with wood, we support working forests, and we create carbon vaults that lock away carbon for the life of the product.

This desk has been holding its carbon since 1880! #Woodisgood

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