Unfinished Oak Floors
- From: startning_new <s.alan.higgins_at_gmail_dot_com@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2012 05:11:49 +0000
New here and getting started on a recently purchased 1961 house.
I've pulled up all of the old carpet and pad throughout the house, about
1900 sq ft, to reveal the original hardwood floors. The floors in the
bedrooms were finished at some point in the past but appear to have been
covered with carpet for a long time, as they appear to be relatively free
any defects [except of course the holes from the staples removed]. In the
formal living room and dining room, however, the oak floors were never
finished. I don't notice any un-level boards but they do retain their
At this time, I'm not wanting to pour a huge amount of money into the
floors, as there are some other updates/repairs that I would like to make.
For the living room and dining room, my question is, could I stain them or
put a finish on them and have them look reasonably good without going
through the sanding process? If so, are there particular things to be
of? My main reason for wanting to avoid doing this at the time, in
to the cost and time, is that my wife is pregnant and we don't want to
with the mess of all the particles in the air. If I can get away without
sanding and truly finishing at this point, is there any coating that would
keep the boards from being a "problem" (i.e. dangerous) to our new
when she starts crawling around in several months.
As an aside, for the bedrooms, which have the finished floors, is there a
good cleaner I should use on them just as general upkeep in transitioning
them for use. Since I'm not refinishing them, I'm not filling the staple
holes, but we will use area rugs.
Thanks for any guidance in advance.
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