Hardwood floor refinishing
I am renovating my 1904 home and am at re-doing the floor in our living room. After pulling up the 40 year old carpet(seemed that old) we have some nice old hardwood floor underneath. The floor boards are about 3/8 thick and 2 1/2" wide.(looks like oak flooring)
They are certainly well aged. I don't want to run a big floor sander on them due to the thickness. Actually, we ran a hand sander across the floor and it looks very nice...
As we like the distressed color that is now left on the floor it still needs some elbow grease put to it to clean it up some more before coating.
My questions are....
What would be best to clean these floors up with? They seem slightly stained from the carpet pad possibly or just old age. I noticed when I wipe a damp cloth over them it makes them look darker and absolutely beautiful, but when that dries the floor looks kind of dull again.
Suggestions/input on that?
What would I finish them with?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
This is a great room, we have spent the past several months on this room and put wet wall back up in there over metal lath... what an experience.
Looking forward to input on the floor.