Refurbishing wood floors?
We have an old mansion that has hardwood floors (well, kinda hardwood) that need to be redone. It was built in the 1890s and the floors are not the thick kind that can be sanded down and redone. but rather the thin kind that probably should not be sanded. They are a little like a parka. It is a rental property with a bit of traffic. We had a product that we used for several years which involved cleaning, sealing and a top coat. It was a rather quick process and could be done room by room in a day each. The product has been discontinued and we have been unable to locate a replacement. We do not want to ripe the floor out and do a new one as the floor is in fairly good shape just looks bad. We are looking for a wood cleanser, sealer and glossy top coat that can go on quickly and dries fast. Anyone out there familiar with such products? We are handy and can do the work ourselves but wanted to save some time in finding a product. Any help would be much appreciated.
Dura Seal gets good reviews online, but I've never used it. Have you considered a darker stain or paint? I redid the wood floors in a very old house once--they were covered in disgusting carpet--and I wasn't able to simply stain them because they were in bad shape. But I used a reddish floor paint and they turned out really pretty. This was especially good because it was a rental, and the paint was easy to touch up with scratches and wear.
The chemical preparation/recoat products have mostly been pulled off the market as they are prone to failures. Also most professionals have buffers and will lightly abrade and then put another coat of finish on, usually called a screen and recoat which further cut the chemical preparations ability to get sales so they mostly went out of business after a few lawsuits.
This is a somewhat diy project, rent a buffer and use 150 grit screens to lightly abrade the finish (try not to cut through) then vacuum and recoat. Be careful though, if the floors were ever waxed the chance of failure increases.
It might not be applicable to your case, but I do want to take the time to dispell the myth that thin floors can't be sanded. They can, just not as many times. If you are so inclined you could ask a local professional to take a look at it.
Here is a link that describes how to care for your floors
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