Warping Floorboards

When floorboards bend, buckle, bow, dent, crack or split. Moisture is a major factor for warping floorboards but there are numerous other reasons for this. Sometimes it can even be a manufacturing defect like improper kiln drying.


A document that comes with your wood floor. It will clearly state what is and is not acceptable with regard to how you install and treat your wood floor. It will explain how and when you are protected should a problem arise. To learn more about wood floor warranties, read my article (The Bellawood, Bruce and Anderson Pacific Warranty Guide) in the Product Reviews section of the web site.

Water-Based Cleaner

The safest and easiest cleaner to use on a well finished wood floor. If your floor is properly finished, you can use a damp mop with your water-based cleaner.

Water-Based Finish

Water-based finishes have only been around for about 10 years. Not all the flooring contractors have adapted to their new application methods. You might experience a lot of resistance and dispute about water-based finishes. Water-based finishes are quite expensive. A cheaper and just as durable alternative is oil-modified polyurethane. It works great on a dark stain or just a clear blond finish.

Water-Based Urethane

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Water Borne Finish

This type of finish requires 2-3 coats done in one day. It is a very clear, pale finish. It can be tinted for a more traditional look. However, unless catalyzed or NMP solvent finish is used, water borne finish is not durable at all. It is much more durable in its catalyzed form, but it is very poisonous. It requires moderate skill level to apply. It also demands a high quality respiratory mask.

Wax Floor Finish

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Wear Layer

The top surface of your wood floor that will be subject to wear. Foot traffic and the moving of furniture are contributing factors to the wearing away of this top layer of your wood floor.

Wear Resistance

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Wet-Dry Bulb Hygrometer

This device accurately measures indoor humidity levels. For example, with prefinished plank flooring, the goal is to find the mean indoor relative humidity that your house experiences. You should have your wood floors in a range of either plus or minus 10% of this figure. The next time you go to a museum, you will notice that their hygrometers are generally pegged at 50% all year round. So the ideal in a home (in any climate) is to have the indoor relative humidity range from 40-60%. Avoid the swings of 30% or more to avoid shrinking and swelling.

Wood Bleach

There are three different kinds of wood bleach and they each act on different stains. Wood bleach will remove carious stains like coffee, ink and juice. Firstly, there is oxalic acid, which can either come in liquid or crystal form. Oxalic acid wood bleach removes the majority of iron and rust stains. Secondly, there is chlorine bleach. This wood bleach will remove most dye stains, caused by grape juice, blood or coffee and tea spills. Lastly, there is hydrogen peroxide and sodium hydroxide which both remove most organic stains. This wood bleach will always turn dark spots to an off white color, which you will then have to blend in with a light colored wood stain to match the color of your finished wood floor. To learn more, read the article on (How To Remove Various Stains And Smells From Wood Floors) in the How To's section of the web site.

Wood Flooring Members

There are three members: the joist, the subfloor and the finished hardwood.

Wood Putty

A filling for cracks, nicks, gouges and holes in wood floors. Wood putty is used to fix small details in woods. There are many different varieties of wood putty available on the market. They come in different colors and have the consistency of glazing putty. You can blend different colors together to match the putty to the wood. Wood putty is only to be used after you have stained and urethaned the wood floor. After you are done filling the hole or crack, you need to apply urethane over top of the wood putty. This will seal the wood putty and prevent it from cracking out and separating.

Wood Species

Refers to the classification of different types of wood from around the world. To learn more, read (The Doc's Total Wood Species Guide) in the How To's section of the web site.

Wood Stain

A pigmented or colored stain for wood. Wood stains typically darken your wood floors. They are available in different colors. Read my articles (Floor Types And Finishes) and (Custom Staining Without The Blotchy Effect) both found in the How To's section of the web site.


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