Complete refinishing or oil/wax?

Old 05-31-06, 05:50 PM
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Complete refinishing or oil/wax?


I just moved into a house that has 55 year old solid oak floors.

Here are a few photos:

I'm not sure when the last time anything was done to it but as you can see it's fading badly and any kid of oil/food/liquids get sucked right into the grain.

At the moment I wouldn't like to spend the money and don't want the hassle of going through the entire process of sanding down and refinishing.

Are there any kinds of oils/waxes (or other simple products) I can use to richen the floor up and protect it as well?

If it has to come to it, what would the normal procedure of refinishing this kind of floor entail?

Thanks for you help,
Old 06-01-06, 11:50 AM
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Oiling or waxing floor will contaminate it and cause adhesion problems for later surface refinishing. Wood with no surface finish has nothing to protect it from water, oil, and soil stains. There are many good websites that describe the step-by-step process of sanding and finishing wood floors.

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