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JeffSchmitt 10-27-2007 07:14 PM

Refurbishing A Hardwood Floor
Hi all.

Working on remodeling a bedroom into a new master bathroom.

The house was built in 1951, with REAL hardwood floors. After a few years, the original owners (we are owner number 2, having bought the house from the daughter of the original owners after they passed) put carpeting down over ALL the floors (the hardwood floors are all over the first floor).

We pulled the carpeting up, and the floor underneath looks AWESOME!

We've decided to keep the floor, rather than carpet or tile over it, but have just a couple of issues.

First one is easy, there are just a FEW tack-strip nail holes that need to be filled. Not a problem.

Now comes my real question.

Originally we thought we'd have to completely redo the floor; strip it down, restain it, and a top coat of polyurethane to water seal it as best as we can (being in a bathroom).

But here's my question. Do we NEED to go to all that work?

The floor LOOKS great as it is. The previous owners were STICKLERS for keeping the entire house spotless, and the floor looks practically as it did when they carpeted over it.

The only real "looks" issue is that you can see the pattern of the old-style "egg-carton" type padding that they used.

I've wet-mopped the floor pretty thouroghly, but there are still some "waves" in the very top coat.

I was hoping that I could just "mop" those marks out and then do a few coats of poly, but I'm FAR from an expert.

Anybody have any suggestions, or am I better off just stripping it down and starting fresh?


slakker 10-27-2007 10:15 PM

If you're ok with egg carton finish and waves in the floor, then you don't have to do anything... but the whole idea is to have a nice looking floor. So why not put in the work?

Ace Flooring 10-29-2007 10:36 PM

Try cleaning the floor with acetone. If that didn't work Next I would using xylene which will take some of the finish off, if it sets too long.

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