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starting_new 06-03-2012 12:22 AM

Unfinished Oak Floors
New here and getting started on a recently purchased 1961 house.

I've pulled up all of the old carpet and pad throughout the house, about 1900 sq ft, to reveal the original hardwood floors. The floors in the bedrooms were finished at some point in the past but appear to have been covered with carpet for a long time, as they appear to be relatively free of any defects [except of course the holes from the staples removed]. In the formal living room and dining room, however, the oak floors were never finished. I don't notice any un-level boards but they do retain their coarse texture.

At this time, I'm not wanting to pour a huge amount of money into the floors, as there are some other updates/repairs that I would like to make. For the living room and dining room, my question is, could I stain them or put a finish on them and have them look reasonably good without going through the sanding process? If so, are there particular things to be aware of? My main reason for wanting to avoid doing this at the time, in addition to the cost and time, is that my wife is pregnant and we don't want to deal with the mess of all the particles in the air. If I can get away without sanding and truly finishing at this point, is there any coating that would keep the boards from being a "problem" (i.e. dangerous) to our new daughter when she starts crawling around in several months.

As an aside, for the bedrooms, which have the finished floors, is there a good cleaner I should use on them just as general upkeep in transitioning them for use. Since I'm not refinishing them, I'm not filling the staple holes, but we will use area rugs.

Thanks for any guidance in advance.

gregzoll 06-03-2012 07:47 AM

Sand them down, and either stain & then poly, or just poly.

joecaption 06-03-2012 07:53 AM

I see your getting the same advice as the other DIY sites you posted your question on.
Hire a pro to do these for you and they can be in and out in 3, days. The machines there going to be using leave very little dust and can do it far faster and better then a diy.
Not doing it is going to end up costing you more time and money if you do it your suggested way.
Try Liquid Gold on the other floors.

woody4249 06-03-2012 08:58 AM

I've been in construction for a very long time and do know there is no short cut to this. Sanding floors is not for the faint at heart and is major hard work.
Bit the bullet, send the Mrs to a relative and have it done professionally.
1900 sq ft should take three days and another three days to dry.

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