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Old 03-04-2012, 10:19 AM   #1
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Hey everyone. I've never been here before, but I've got a question for you. Just as a heads up, I've never been much of a fixer upper kind of guy.

So I'm looking to rent this area and use it for a business. I'd like to get the floors looking better than they look now. I'd also like to touch up the paint on the walls, but I'll leave that discussion for another area of the forum. I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on getting this floor looking better. The floor area is 2800 square feet. I've been told that hiring someone will typically cost around $1 per square foot, and that's definitely more than I'm willing to spend. Could I do anything with out having to sand the entire floor? Any ideas would be great, thanks!


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You left out an important detail---

What are the floors made of?
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I'm sorry, they are wood floors. If you're asking what type of wood, I do not know
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Hiring someone to sand and finish hardwood is actually higher that $1.00 ($2.00 is more like it)

I suggest you rent a commercial floor buffer--clean the floors well using that machine--then use it to wax the floors---

Good temporary job--waxed hardwoods need to be dressed once a year or so--

If the cleaning looks great---you could possible apply a coat of poly onto the wood instead of wax--

Wax is a stop gap finish----
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Where could I get a commercial floor buffer? and how much do you think it would be to rent?
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Every rental shop has them--along with brushes--Scotch Brite type pads---sanding screens--and all sorts of other odds and ends---

It's been years since I have rented one---common machine--fair price as I recall--

Easy to use--but the first time you turn it on,be in a wide open place---they don't have wheels and will take you a minute to figure out how to get it moving where you want--
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Great, thanks a lot!
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