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Question by ratlhomehelp: how to
refinish hardwood floors without sanding?
I have old hardwood floors that I would like to update. They have spots and are rough but that doesn't really matter to us. What is the best way to make them look ok without all the sanding and refinishing?? Best answer:

Answer by wants to work at home
sorry–no dice here–the ONLY way to get the look you want is to strip, sand, & seal–unless you want to paint them–but you will still have to prepare them for painting–if you dont want to spend the time and work–just put carpet over them. If you DO choose to refinish them–you will be amazed at the difference in the look!

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Floor Finishing, Refinishing, and Sanding

Sanding provides a method for smoothing an installed floor, compensating for unevenness of the subfloor. Additionally, sanding is used to renew the appearance of older floors.Sanding using successively finer grades of sandpaper is required to ensure even stain penetration when stains are used, as well as to eliminate visible scratches from coarser sandpaper grades used initially. Prior to modern polyurethanes, oils and waxes were used in addition to stains to provide finishes. Beeswax and linseed oil, for example, are both natural crosslinking polymers are hardened over time. Modern polyurethanes, and polyester resins, used occasionally, are superior in toughness and durability.

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Applying stains can be very easy or very difficult depending on the type of substrate, type of stain, and the ambient conditions. Fresh, "green" lumber accepts stain poorly, while aged wood absorbs stains relatively well. Porosity of wood can vary greatly, even within the same piece of wood. End grain and bias-cut grain are far more absorbent, thus will accept more pigment and will darken considerably in those areas. The hard ring may absorb differently from the soft ring. The characteristic medullary rays in oak will absorb much less and remain mostly blonde. Woods that have been heavily subjected to paint strippers or washed down with detergents or solvents will have an increased open grain and accept substantially more stain than normal. Woods from different species of trees can have huge variations in how well they take stain. Stains that are fast drying will be difficult to apply in hot weather or in direct sunlight. Stains that are slow-drying will be difficult to work with in damp and cold conditions due to a greatly lengthened evaporation and curing period. New lumber, such as pine, can have waxlike sealants put on at the mill that will prevent proper staining; stripping or sanding the surface may be required. White stains composed of metal oxides, namely titanium dioxide and zinc oxide do not penetrate well and remain on the surface. In such cases, wear easily reveals unstained wood. They are also fairly opaque.



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Choosing Wood Flooring And Paneling For Your Home

Choosing Wood Flooring And Paneling For Your Home

Reclaimed wood flooring is an eco-friendly way of making your home beautiful and strong. Furthermore, if you opt for reclaimed wood paneling and flooring you will not only help protect the forests, but will also save your money.

A better idea is to shop for reclaimed paneling and flooring online. Some of the dealers also provide shipping directly from their demolition sites and saw mills. This saves them the cost of maintaining a retail outlet. They then pass on this benefit to the customers. However, you should make sure that the dealer has been certified by quality control bodies like National wood flooring association and The United States Green Building Council. This will ensure you are opting for the best quality reclaimed wood availed by legitimate means.

There is no doubt about the sturdiness of the reclaimed wood paneling and flooring, as these are salvaged by dealers from warehouses, barns, wooden dams et al that date back to 19th century.

There is a large variety of reclaimed wood flooring and paneling to choose from. You can make your choice from antique oak, Elm, hickory, heart pine, maple, fir, to name a few. In fact, the only way to get chestnut wooden flooring and paneling is to opt for reclaimed ones because chestnut does not grow in the United States any more. The type of wood depends on your taste and the wear and tear expected by the part of the home.

Reclaimed wood flooring is available in finishes ranging from polished and smooth to ones which are rough with marks and stains from saws and rust. The choice will depend on the rest of your interior décor. If you wish to portray a chic, minimalist or polished look then you can choose the reclaimed wood paneling and flooring with a mirror finish. If you wish to create a rugged look like that of a hunting lodge, you can opt for the rougher finishes. This reclaimed wood can also be used for other things in a home like stairs, cabinets and moldings. The reclaimed wood is available in a wide range of colors to suit almost any kind of interior décor. is a trusted name in high quality reclaimed wood, cypress lumber, Reclaimed wood flooring, reclaimed lumber, heart pine reclaimed wood paneling and a wide range of reclaimed wood furniture.

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Any tips for spot finishing old wood floors?

Question by Erin K: Any tips for spot finishing old wood floors? I live in an older apartment building probably built in the 60's that has old wood floors. I'd like to refinish a couple spots that i have damaged (leaky potted plants). I purchased a fast drying polyurethane clear gloss, some sand paper and a couple sponge applicators. i've finished some wood before but never had to match preexisting finish. 1) is this the right color polyurethane (gloss is most common yes?)? 2) any tips for keeping the look consistent with the undamaged floor around it? Best answer:

Answer by altterrain
If they floors are really old (pre 1970) they are most like finished with a varnish. A polyurethane finish will not match. -Brian

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