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Old 03-07-2013, 02:26 AM   #16
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You need to wipe the mineral spirits on and start rubbing with a rag ---

You will not get a great color no matter what you do because the floor is not sanded clean through to the wood----so go for the most even color you can achieve or rent a drum sander and resand the entire floor----

Have to considered calling in a floor sanding company?
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You need to wipe the mineral spirits on and start rubbing with a rag ---

You will not get a great color no matter what you do because the floor is not sanded clean through to the wood----so go for the most even color you can achieve or rent a drum sander and resand the entire floor----

Have to considered calling in a floor sanding company?
Yeah but with money tight and just really wanting to do it ourselves we haven't given it much more thought! I guess if need be I can see what a drum sander is gonna run me and just start over!! What is the process of sanding?? I have heard several different ways but last time I just used a 20 grit to begin and to smooth I used 100 grit and that got me down where I needed to be!!
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I am not a floor finisher----I hire that work out---so I am not qualified to answer that----

You will need an edger and a drum sander---and a buffer---
do a search for hardwood floor sanding----I really can't guide you well on this---
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You would use a drum sander to get back to bare wood (along with other tools to get the edges and corners), but you're running the risk of oversanding or leaving grooves in the floor.
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You would use a drum sander to get back to bare wood (along with other tools to get the edges and corners), but you're running the risk of oversanding or leaving grooves in the floor.
That's what I am afraid of, I have been using the mineral spirits and its working well!
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Like I mentioned, I've sanded a few floors in my time. After screwing up the finish on one, I've learned that it can be done properly by a DIY minded person but you have to know what you're doing before you start. I wouldn't do it ever again though. Sanding a floor is physically demanding and leads to your whole body being sore from the physical exertion. A professional floor finisher can come in with a crew and knock it off in a short time and give you a beautiful floor for years to come with none of the headaches you're currently experiencing. I would at least call a pro and have them come out and give you an estimate.
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Like I mentioned, I've sanded a few floors in my time. After screwing up the finish on one, I've learned that it can be done properly by a DIY minded person but you have to know what you're doing before you start. I wouldn't do it ever again though. Sanding a floor is physically demanding and leads to your whole body being sore from the physical exertion. A professional floor finisher can come in with a crew and knock it off in a short time and give you a beautiful floor for years to come with none of the headaches you're currently experiencing. I would at least call a pro and have them come out and give you an estimate.
That's the problem I live in a small town so I know driving time would come into play, I am not worried about the physical part I'm 29 and active lol! But I want to learn it and do it myself so I can personally know how and be that much more appreciative when I'm done.
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the picture definitely doesn't look good. The trick is not to stay relaxed and think about solving your problem 'after' with the access stain solution.

first you need to get rid of all the dirt on your original floor. This can be done by chemicals or sanding the entire floor. Then you need to open up the pores of the wood so that the stain you will apply is able to be absorped. Here is a webpage that is all about this process of cleaning and staining your wood flooring, the page itself is about decking, but the same is true for flooring.
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