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  1. #1
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    Default Hardwood Flooring

    We live in a home that was built by my wife's grandparents in 1948. We recently lifted some carpet in the hallway to expose the hardwood flooring but there seems to be what looks like carpet foam padding that has been ground in to the hardwood. Is there an easy way to clean this up?

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    Default Re: Hardwood Flooring

    refinish the floors and all should be good. sand and poly

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    Default Re: Hardwood Flooring

    What MLB said plus;

    This work is best done by a pro with large, heavy, hard to operate machines. Plan on being out of your house for a week. A cruise or vacation is advised.

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    Default Re: Hardwood Flooring

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRemodeler View Post
    What MLB said plus;

    This work is best done by a pro with large, heavy, hard to operate machines. Plan on being out of your house for a week. A cruise or vacation is advised.
    The reason houstonremodeler is suggesting you take a cruise is not because he is going to make a commission from the cruiseliner, but because sanding hardwood floor is a dusty business. You don't want to experience it.

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    Default Re: Hardwood Flooring

    It may take some hard work, but sanding the floors and re-finishing them should do the trick. I had an old house with floors that looked like the previous owners had worn soccer cleats inside. A few days of sanding and finishing made them a whole new floor.

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    Default Re: Hardwood Flooring

    First and foremost I feel you need to take the advise from a professional so that you follow the right guidelines and get the best results.I would also suggest getting the sanding of the floor and then re-finishing it to get a new floor.All this is a messy business and so needs to be done carefully to get the best results.

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    Default Re: Hardwood Flooring

    Floor refinishing does not have to be as dusty and smelly as it once was. Modern professional sanding equipment can be connected to powerful truck mounted vacumns.

    Modern water based urethanes can have multiple coats laided down in a single day with odor so low that sleeping in the house is possible that evening.

    The old oil based urethanes definitely take a few days and generate so much smell that a motel room and eating out is a good idea for at least a couple nights.

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    Default Re: Hardwood Flooring

    Hi,
    It can be difficult to sand (unless you ue a drum sander with #1 grits) because the adhesive and rubber ball up and clog the abrasive. I like the upper body workout I get from scra-ping wood floors. Use a narrow sharp scra-per with the sharp corners rounded over. Then a rental sander and 80 grit will make quick work of it. Beware that some asbestos theoretically could be present. Wear a respirator, and burn your clothes afterwards
    Casey
    Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.

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