1830's house with original wood flooring

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Old 11-13-10, 08:55 AM
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1830's house with original wood flooring

The wood is splintering & it looks to have never been messed with (paint or stain). It was covered with linoleum that was just laid down & not glued. I'd love to refinish it & save our feet from splinters! What is the best way to do this? Less messy the better
 
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Old 11-14-10, 04:06 AM
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Of course sanding it down is the best method. The easiest way is to rent one of the square sanders and go over it until the smoothness you want is acquired. The rotary sanders is not best for inexperienced diy use. After you have it smoothed out a good floor polyurethane would be in order (stain prior if wanted). Congratulations on the old house. I have had to work on one built in 1860 and although satisfying afterwards, during the process my stress level went ballistic. Nothing square, nothing plumb. And it was a log home with log interior walls as well.
 
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