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kyleGR 07-29-2005 02:43 PM

removing carpet
hello all
I am going to be removing carpet this weekend to expose my hardwood floors. I am fairly sure the floors underneath are in good shape, from what I've seen so far ...
Question: what is the best way to make them look nice, without sanding (cannot afford right now).


Floorwizard 07-29-2005 02:44 PM


what is the best way to make them look nice, without sanding
Close your eyes :)

Honestly is could be real trashed where the staples went into the pad, and where the tackstrip is.

Teetorbilt 07-29-2005 09:42 PM

Flor is correct about the perimeter, you can also pass this off as 'charicter'. On the cheap, you can DIY it with an inexpensive orbital sander from someplace like Harbor Freight and figure about 4 sq. ft per hr. This approach is heavy in sweat equity but cheap in 'out-of-pocket' expenses.
Without sanding means a chemical strip which will cost much more than sanding and cleaning up all of the residue is a real pain on a job of this size.

kyleGR 07-30-2005 09:01 PM

I got two rooms done today ...real time consuming. The floors actually look great, no stains, very little wear. The holes around the perimeter are not as invasive as i thought they might be -- I really do not notice them. I am going to give it a day of thought, whether or not they bother me.
Anyone else out there that left the tack holes?

Teetorbilt 07-30-2005 09:15 PM

If your'e sanding, save some of the dust that does not have any of the varnish in it. Mix it with white or clear glue to form a paste and use it to plug the tack holes. You won't get a better match anywhere.

Neil_K 08-09-2005 09:45 PM

We ripped carpet out to expose hardwoods several years ago. Yeah, if you get down on your hands and knees around the perimeter you can see the holes there, but the room looks great. Besides, your desk, bed, dresser, etc will cover 75% of the floor space around the perimeter. No one will notice.

kyleGR 09-15-2005 10:49 AM

OK, this is a follow up post. Finished the carpet removal process, there were a few flaws in the hardwood, but nothing we havn't been able to cover up. We figured the carpet had been down for about five years, quite lucky. After talking to the wonderful people at lowes, decided to use a was to finish. The result was good, gave a briliant shine. ...this is when bad choices were made. We used murphy's oil soap to clean the floors ahead of our open house party -- bad idea. We did not dillute the soap, needless to say, the floor was quite slippery! I tried to wipe up as much of the 'soap' as possible, but there is still a sticky residue. What is the best resolution? And long term, how should I be cleaning my waxed floor?

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