Questions on recently refinished hardwoods.

Old 03-16-00, 01:14 PM
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We just had our 50 year old hardwoods refinished for what the floor guy said was the first time in the floor's existence. Yes, they were horrible, but now they're absolutly beautiful. A few questions:

We'd like to put a runner down but we're not sure what kind to purchase...carpet w/vinyl backing, carpet w/o vinyl backing, vinyl w/some sort of "tacking" on the back to keep the runner in place, etc... Which does anyone recommend?
Also, our floor guy said to use water and vinegar only to clean the floor...does this sound correct? The floors are red oak with three layers of clear polyurethane.

Old 03-18-00, 11:35 AM
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Sounds to me like you might be best off with the "tacky" back runner. Refinished wood is real slick.

If the flooring refinisheer says vinegar and water, maybe he's willing to warranty your floor so long as you use only that.

Clearly, he's not wanting any chemical to strip the polyurethane finish.

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Runners come in all kinds of materials and backings. I would suggest a jute back carpet with underlay designed for hardwood floors. It won't slip and these materials will allow air to circulate. This will help reduce damage from other kinds of runners.

The vinegar and water trick is the best overall cleaner for hardwood floors. Use a mix of 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water. Put the misture in a 1 gallon container and pour enough on a towel to dampen the towel. This will keep the cleaning solution from becoming contaminated. Wring the towel out in your kitchen sink and wash the floors by hand. If you dry immediately, the floor will retain it's high gloss and no streaks will appear.

This is a very old cleaning system, but hasen't been replaced by anything better.


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