Same for me....and it was a rental from HD....That's what it's supposed to do!
Actually, I don't know what to tell you. On the machines I've used, the vacuum worked great. The sander left virtually NO dust anywhere.
Looks like you probably used a "dark oak" stain. Not too much you can do about it now. If it were me, I'd go no glossier than "satin" for the poly. "Semi-gloss" or "gloss" give it a little harsher look, in my opinion.Didn't think it would be that dark but yeah. Gonna change the wall color though. It came like that with the house.
That looks like a nice old red oak with winter wood and dark grain. Tends to stain out that way in my experience and I for one love it.Ok so I got the stain down. The grain really is showing very strong. Any reason why that is? Is it the stain choice?
That is really good advice.....I had bubbles from the first floor I did....now I know why.....also, if using oil based finish (thats what i prefer), i usually thin it down 25 percent (3/4 poly, 1/4 mineral spirits)....it then goes on VERY thin, but easily allows the outgasing from the floor and the poly to occur without bubbles. will need more coats but really after the first coat, the rest are really fast.
in general, always thin everything that is oil based except stain, lol.
Thanks for all the good comments. I had to rush this due to my brother was only hear in a weekend. The part I rushed as only letting the stain dry for 12 hours. I was told after by some on here and goggling that it will caused bubbles. You can't see them well on the pictures but they are small and there.
What I'm annoying about is the fact that I can't get the oil-based polyurethane smell to go away. I got three coats on but man it's been a week and the smell isn't any better.