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rally-ent@msn.c 12-07-2009 06:26 PM

hand scraped hardwood floors
I have hand scrapped hardwood floors that are 3 1/2 years old. They are dull and cloudy. I have tried various cleaners including: Murphy's oil soap diluted in water, Orange Glow hardwood cleaner and just plain water. This techniques make the floor look great for a day, but then the cloudy look comes back.

I have been told by a flooring guy that the original finish was cheap and that I would have to resand, refinish and restain/seal the whole thing. We are talking about 1500 sq. ft. of high traffic area.

I have also been told that the damage is due to the use of wood floor products.

Is there any way to revitalize the floors without the headache and high cost of completely starting over?

26yrsinflooring 12-07-2009 06:31 PM

The cloudy look is moisture intrusion/contamination, and your flooring guy is correct.
With handscraped there is little you can do perhaps one of the other guys here has a better idea

msv 12-08-2009 08:51 AM

recoating, maybe?

rally-ent@msn.c 12-08-2009 09:24 AM

How does coating work?

pinwheel45 12-08-2009 12:12 PM


Originally Posted by rally-ent@msn.c (Post 363335)
How does coating work?

Not cheap, or easy on an aluminum oxide floor. You'll need to first thoroughly clean the floors using specified cleaners. Next, you'll need a bonding agent, like tycoat. Next, you'll need to apply a high quality waterborne finish.

First thing I would try though, is a dewaxer from a janitorial supply. My bet is you've just got a buildup from all the products you've already put on your floor.

This fall, I had a client call me with a prefinished floor exactly like you're describing. I used the dewaxer on a buffer with a red scrubbing pad & followed up with a white buffing pad. We got rid of the haze & were able to put a bandaid on for them. Next spring, we're going to completely resand & refinish their floors. Lots of dog & kid scratches in addition to the white haze.

msv 12-08-2009 07:33 PM

you might wanna give this a try

RegeSullivan 12-09-2009 05:57 AM

Before you put a lot of money into this try ammonia and water to clean the wax and oil build up. We had the same problem on our cherry floors and it worked well for us. Now we use only a damp mop unless the floor is really dirty then we use a weak ammonia solution. They look great and it is cheap.


Allison1888 12-10-2009 10:21 PM

I think you'll eventually have to refinish and when you do -- go with 3 or 4 coats of poly. Most floor guys like to do 2 or 3, but it doesn't cost much more to do a 4th. It can save you, particularly if you have kids and pets.

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