Is it possible to cheaply seal an old wood floor?

Old 10-24-04, 02:09 PM
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Is it possible to cheaply seal an old wood floor?

I'm asking this for a friend who does not have access to this board. Here's her situation:

I live in a very old apt. with wooden floors, which were very badly varnished a long time ago. The varnish is scraped off in a good many places, so it's not only unsightly, but it is hard to clean (waxing only makes it darker, not shinier), and I've gotten splinters through bedroom slippers (forget walking barefoot or in socks!).

My landlord is not going to do anything, so it's up to me: but the cats and furniture are a problem. I can't afford to do the job right, so I want cheap shortcuts. I can't keep the cats out of one room for more than, say, 12 hours (doors and logistics) and I can't move all the furniture out of any one room (not enough room in the others).

Is there some kind of thick varnish or stain I can just pour over the floor, spread with a--I don't know, putty-knife kind of tool--and it'll dry to a thick, shiny and hardy consistency within a few hours? Does such a product exist?
Can anyone make a suggestion?
Old 10-24-04, 08:55 PM
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Finishing wood floors

Wood floors that have been waxed tend to be contaminated by the wax and there will be adhesion problems with any type of floor finish. Floors would need to be sanded to remove surface finish and splinters and waxed or stained and waxed. Inexpensive area rugs would probably be the quickest and cheapest fix since you are renting.

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