to finish or not to finish?


Old 06-07-11, 02:18 AM
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to finish or not to finish?

I have a 1950's ranch with hardwood flooring throughout. The house is slated to be a rental house in a couple months and I am unsure what to do with the floors. Should I finish with polyurethane... lot's of work to get damaged by renters? Just wax? Do nothing? The floors currently have no or perhaps little finish. Thanks.
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Old 06-07-11, 03:30 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Renters should have a nice place, too. I would refinish the floors and give them that. Damages can be dealt with when they vacate. You may attract more and better renters with the floors finished as well.
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If the floors are unfinished or have a poor finish it might be harder to rent out the house. I'd sand the floors down and apply 3 coats of a satin oil base poly or urethane. That will make the floors look nice and the satin is less likely to show wear than a shinier finish.

I don't know how well wax would work over unfinished wood but it would complicate any later attempts to apply a finish.
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Finish the floors - if this wood is raw, you're going to get stains on it you cannot get out
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what those guys said.

but "I" would not aim for a finish that one would want in their own home = perfect.
just make it look nice, durable, and leave it at that.

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