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Question:

We have fir floors and they have been sanded as many times as they can be. The floors are now worn and need something done to them soon, (it is in the middle of winter and we live in the Northeast.) Have you any recommendations for putting a strong finish, (we have animals) and we have to be able to walk on it in two or three hours. Have you any recommendations? And is this a possibility?

Thank You!! Les.

Answer:



Dear Les

You may not be able to sand the floor, but you can remove all the old finish with a chemical stripper, for more about this please read my article on this available in the search box at the top of this web page.

You may be able instead, to save the old finish, do various tests on the old finish as suggested in the second part of the floor maintenance article found in the search box at the top of this web page. And lastly be sure to read about my thoughts on the Orbital Floor sander also in the search box at the top of this web page.

You see there are many alternatives to just sanding a floor. And by the way if you do intend to strip the floor to the bare wood, and want a fast dry finish read my article on the Dura Seal 1000 water based finish.

You may also find these articles helpful:

1. How To Chemically Strip Wood Floors without dust!

2. How To Sand Wood Floors Without Leaving Machine Marks

3. Should I sand the wood floors myself or hire a pro

4. Plank Floor: What Special Considerations This Type Of Floor Raises

5. How To Take Care Of Your Health And Safety when Installing, Finishing, Repairing or Cleaning your wood floors