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  • Five Tips When Resanding Super-Hard Old Maple Flooring

    by Aaron Schaalma | April/May 2015

    Here in the area where I do the majority of my work—central Wisconsin—there are a lot of old houses with original maple flooring. This old...

  • Mass Never Stops, Even For Mid-West Floor's Refinishing Job

    by Andrew Averill | April/May 2015

    While finish sets, it's best to get clients out of the building. But Mid-West Floor, while refinishing 100-year-old maple floors inside the "Old...

  • Tales From the Front: Don’t Try This at Home

    by WFB Editors | February/March 2015

    Providing accurate color and finish samples for customers is a frequent challenge for wood flooring contractors and retailers. Contractor Charlie...

  • Trick of the Trade: Buffer Relief

    by WFB Editors | February/March 2015

    Anyone who has buffed a lot of square footage of wood flooring in one day (like a big gym, for example) knows that being pressed against the buffer...

  • Tales From the Front: Here, Kitty-Kitty

    by WFB Editors | December 2014/January 2015

    Back when he was a contractor, David Hoyt (now of Seacoast Floor Supply in South Hampton, N.H.), had a customer call he’ll never forget. He had...

  • The Mob Museum: Quiet Cork, Loud Gangsters

    by | December 2014|January 2015

    The floor of the former federal courthouse in Las Vegas, like many government buildings built in the first half of the 20th century, was cork tile....

  • Trick of the Trade: Keeping Finish Coats Clean

    by WFB Editors | December 2014/January 2015

    When spreading finish, sometimes you notice little bits of lint, hair, sawdust or other debris that you have to get off the floor before it ends up...

  • The Invention That Transformed Wood Floor Sanding

    by Kim Wahlgren | October/November 2014

    In the late ’60s, big machines on wood flooring job sites were all drum sanders, which were prone to chatter and had to have sheets of...

  • Your Sanding Machines Don’t Look Like This, Do They?

    by Kim Wahlgren | October/November 2014

    Daily Maintenance Checklist: Edgers1) Blow them out with an air hose.2) Check carbon brushes and replace when needed. 3) Check the pad...

  • Trick of the Trade: Readying Risky Repairs

    by WFB Editors | October/November 2014

    When you’re doing a repair on a floor with delicate finish that might already be chipping or peeling, there is always a fear of removing more...