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fozzy40 05-25-2008 10:38 PM

What should I do with my floors?
I recently bought a condo with hardwood floors. I just noticed that there is a significant amount of wear in the high-traffic areas. I can feel the grain of the wood. Is there a wood finish to help smooth out the surface? Any other suggestions?

inspectorD 05-26-2008 07:04 AM

You could rent a sander and refinish them yourself with some new poly. Or go the hire it out route and get someone to guarantee their work.
Either way, there are no magic remedies, you will need to sand the entire floor to get it back to original.
I hire it out to folks who have the dust collection sanders...less mess.

fozzy40 05-26-2008 01:45 PM

How much does hiring out typically cost? I have about 600 sq ft of hardwood. Like I said, is mainly in the kitchen but I imagine that you can't just refinish certain areas. I would say that there is about 6 x 3 ft of worn area. My other idea is to just stick an area rug over this area and not deal with it right now:)

glennjanie 05-26-2008 10:40 PM

Hello Fozzy:
I also recommend the sanding and refinishing the whole floor. Lowe's rents a sander that had a square base that moves in an orbital vibration. It is hard to make that one dig in too much and is very adept to DIY work.

fozzy40 05-27-2008 01:30 PM

Can you recommend a "how to" site for refinishing the floor?

glennjanie 05-27-2008 03:33 PM

Lowe's will give you a video with the sander.

fozzy40 05-27-2008 07:11 PM

Do you think that I could spot treat the area with an extra coat of polyurethane? As I said, it's a really small area that is worn down. I'm not trying to be cheap but just want to know my options.

inspectorD 05-28-2008 05:35 AM

You could try a spot treat...but get ready to do it all again if it does not match.
Usually the spot treat stands out as brandy newbie floor.:)

My advice, do the whole thing and put it on your finished list.:D

fozzy40 05-30-2008 08:12 AM

Anyone have an idea how much it would cost to refinish ~600 sqft?

inspectorD 05-30-2008 03:10 PM

It varies
Get some prices from some local companies. Call more than one and ask for references you can go see.
These guy's will come out and do this for freeeeee, and you will learn some things as you talk to each one.
Then give us a yell and see what else you may need.

Could be $800-1400 around here.

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