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    Default Restoring Hardwood Floors

    Any tips?

    The flooring dates back to the mid-thirties, is grey-looking oak, about 3/4" thick and has been hidden under various carpets for nearly 70 years.

    I propose to sand lighly, clean and use a polyeurathane varnish - as many coats as required. Beeswax is a possibility.

    Replacing individual boards shouldn't be a problem.

    Tips appreciated.

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    I'm in the midst of the same thing. We have relatively nice looking hardwood but it needs to be refinished. We pulled up carpeting, too.

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    I suspect it's maple or native US type. Gonna do it room by room over the winter.

    Finding the time is tricky. I may get a man in but I'd like to try out one room and see the results.

    Cracks may be a problem or turn out to be nice features. There's various possibilities.

    In my old flat I put down flooring, but a small leak turned out to be fatal. Wood+water=fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estimate1 View Post
    First of all you need a quality contractor. Make sure that the contractor specialized in the project you need done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estimate1 View Post
    First of all you need a quality contractor. Make sure that the contractor specialized in the project you need done.


    was this a dupe account, or did the n00b manage to get banned for a rep or wall post or something seeing as how they only have 1 post?

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    Shoot. I thought it was one of you guys having a laugh...

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    Have you thought about oiling the floor?

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    Everything I know about treating wood floors I learned from my dad, who has done it in both of the houses my folks have lived in. In the first, the wood floors were there when we moved in but needed work. He did it room-by-room as you say, first sanding and then applying polyurethane. I think it makes some serious fumes so you'll either have to seal off the room you're working in for a few days or find another place to be each time, if you go that route.

    If I were doing this myself, I'd probably go with a penetrating wax instead of a finish that sits atop the wood itself. I think you still have to seal the floor first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky is BLUE! View Post
    Have you thought about oiling the floor?
    Yeah. I saw a bar-owner in Spain a few years ago oil the bar with a mixture of olive oil and diesel. Very good results. Not sure it would be suited to flooring. More research.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    ... first sanding and then applying polyurethane. I think it makes some serious fumes so you'll either have to seal off the room you're working in for a few days or find another place to be each time, if you go that route.

    If I were doing this myself, I'd probably go with a penetrating wax instead of a finish that sits atop the wood itself. I think you still have to seal the floor first.
    You can get water-based polyurethane varnish. I'm inclined to go for this rather than beeswax. More research. Props to your dad. Two houses is good going.

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