Multiple radiators leaked on recently (12month) refinished hardwoods

Old 12-09-14, 09:00 PM
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Multiple radiators leaked on recently (12month) refinished hardwoods

Painful mistake made by a distracted lady in the house, . Steam heat radiator water leaked at multiple radiators causing cupping in a few 6x6ft areas, plus an expansion in some form that pushed into and cracked bordering tile in kitchen, along with contraction in certain other areas (it would seem) that has allowed filler between planks to fall through, creating new empty gaps about 1/8 inch wide or less in many areas of several inches to a foot long. I have fans going, along with an increased thermostat to speed up any drying that needs to occur to eliminate cupping, but would really love if I don't have to look at all of these crack/gaps being that the floors were only recently refinished. Would a wax/buffing job help to fill gaps of this nature? I've been told not to use caulk by someone as it may interact with wax or cleaners I may put on surface in future. Anyone with experience, do advise. Thanks very much.
Old 12-10-14, 03:56 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Don't use caulk in the cracks. Better advice may can be forthcoming if you could post a few pictures of this situation at its worst. No close ups, please. Sometimes the drying effect can bring things back to normal. Sometimes not. We'll wait on pictures.
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Never use caulking on a hardwood floor! You can't [or shouldn't] do anything to the flooring until it dries. Once the wood is completely dry you can better evaluate it's condition and what needs to be done to rectify if. It's best to use either oak filler or colored putty on the gaps. It's difficult to refinish a section of floor but sometimes you can get by with refinishing complete boards.

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