Refinishing hardwood floors to sand or chemically strip

Old 08-24-14, 05:27 PM
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Refinishing hardwood floors to sand or chemically strip

Hi folks looking for some feedback on a project I am working one. I just ripped out some very nice yellow shag carpet out of my dining room and living room to reveal some very nice hardwood floors that are in decent shape. The only problem is part of the carpet padding seems to have deteriorated and left residual gummy fuzzies and paper backing on to the floor. Over all I'd say about 75% of the finish remains, but I'm not sure if I can get the residual padding off with out damaging the I see basically two paths forward:

1. Chemically strip the floor to remove the suck padding and old stain or

2. Sand off the stuck padding and finish

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Any suggestions on which path forward I should take?
Old 08-25-14, 05:08 AM
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You don't want to use a chemical stripper! that much stripper in an inclosed space would overwhelm you and you'd still have to sand the floor anyway. If you've never sanded a floor you might want to consider hiring that part out. A drum sander does best but can mess up a floor if used improperly. Pad sanders are a lot slower but are more diy friendly.

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