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Carpet Selection: Durability, Weight, Style

When it comes to buying wall-to-wall carpeting, here’s how to choose and install a quality carpet.

Refinishing Wood Floors: Screening, Sanding, and Finishes

Bringing a dull, worn-out hardwood floor finish back to life is easier than you think.

Types of Carpet: Fibers and Styles

In the market for a new carpet? Here are the different fibers and styles to consider as well as questions to answer before you buy.

Installing Radiant Floor Heating in Existing Homes

Retrofitting radiant heating into your home will not only keep you warm but help you save on energy bills too.

The 5 Best Vacuum Cleaners (2021)

Vacuums keep homes clean by removing the dirt and dust that covers carpet, hardwood, and other floorings. In this review, the This Old House Reviews team looks into the best vacuums to help you select one that’s right for your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

How to Clean Tile Floors

Often installed in frequently used rooms like foyers, kitchens, and bathrooms, tile floors can take a tremendous amount of your household’s daily traffic. Read on to learn the best methods and products for cleaning tile floors.


Ceramic Tile Flooring in 9 Steps

Here are simple installation tips on bathroom flooring and floor tile that’ll keep what’s underneath your feet solid and long lasting.

Exposed tongue and groove flooring.

How to Remove and Replace Tongue and Groove Flooring

Step-by-step instructions to help you carefully fix your wood floor boards without causing damage.

All About Bamboo Hardwood Flooring

Looking for the best bamboo flooring? Read our guide on what to look for, the difference in cost and durability compared to that of its rival hardwood, and how it delivers on style and versatility.

Wood Floor Repair

Replacing damaged oak-strip flooring requires a little ingenuity—and a really sharp chisel. Here’s how to make a repair.

How to Install Carpet

Want to know how to put carpet down? We take you through all the details — from how to install carpet padding to trimming the edges to seaming adjoining pieces.

How to Install a Floating Floor

A step-by-step plan for putting down an engineered wood floor.

How to Install Baseboard

Tom Silva shows how to install baseboard trim that become visual anchors for any room.

Removing Tile Floor

Looking to replace your ceramic tile flooring? Here’s how to remove old tiles and prepare your floor for new ones.

Asbestos Floor Tiles: Safe to Remove?

Got an old house? Read why you should leave asbestos tiles alone and how to cover them.


How to Tile a Bathroom Floor

Installing bathroom floor tiles isn’t a job for beginners. Watch what it takes as contractor Angelo McRae installs a new mosaic-tile floor.

How to Install Hardwood Floors

Go from subfloor to breathtaking in as little as a day. Follow this guide for installing hardwood floors in your home.

How to Choose the Right Grout for Any Tile Job

All grout formulas fall into just two basic categories: traditional cement-based ones or newer resin-based types. Use this guide to help you decide which type is the best for your project, your budget, and your skills.


How to Lay a Floating Floor

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his tips and techniques for putting down a floating floor.

13 DIY Flooring Projects

Looking for a home improvement project that takes on new ground? Refresh kitchens, baths, living spaces, and even garages with a flooring installation upgrade.

How To Get Every Stain Out Of A Carpet: Coffee, Urine & More

Here’s how to create homemade carpet cleaning solutions to get the most common types of stains.

The 5 Best Steam Mops

The This Old House Reviews team evaluated the best steam mops on the market to help you make a smart purchase. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Robotic Vacuums

From the best overall to the best for reaching corners, we reviewed some of the best robotic vacuums available. Keep reading to find the right one for your cleaning needs. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

7 Kitchen Flooring Ideas for the Busiest Room in Your House

Picking the ideal kitchen flooring is an important investment in your home. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of popular kitchen flooring materials.

How to Clean Laminate Floors

Once installed, laminate must be properly cared for to keep it looking as good as day one. Read on for our tips for cleaning your laminate floors.

Installing Vinyl Flooring Over Ceramic Tile

Consider the tile’s joints and the floor’s height when laying vinyl over tile.

Installing Flooring or Cabinets: Which Comes First?

Should you install a kitchen floor before the cabinets?


How to Patch a Hardwood Floor

Tom Silva installs a patch in a hardwood floor and fills the gaps with a custom wood putty

Flooring Overview

Find the surface that suits your style, function, and budget

Wood Floors Are Lightening Up

Dark wood floors are out. Pale hues are in


How to Remove a Burn Mark from a Hardwood Floor

Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert travels to Portland, Oregon to repair an original wood floor that was burned by a face-down hot iron.

Create Consistent Color In a Marble Tile Floor

There’s no shortcut to fine-tuning the color pattern in a marble tile floor. Custom homebuilder John Hourihan explains the process