1912 Red oak floor - need to get by for 2 years

gardurnitAugust 11, 2009

I suspect I can leave them without being sanded or sealed.

They actually were that way during a 20 year period when

the house was a group home. There were rugs mostly


And there were no water spills or soakings.

But now I inted to move in for 2 years and sell it (to avoid

capital gains taxes). My income is near zero as I'm

somewhat disabled with no income at all. (don't ask)

I'd like to think that

1. I can live in the house without sealing the floors

for now. But what IS a short term solution? The

individual strips of wood are close and tight. I could

probably gets some dust and dirt to come out

of any cracks however. What's the best method

if normal sweeping isn't the way?

Is it ok to wet mop the floor if it's not a soaking wetness?

I imagine that if I mopped it and kept getting dirty water

it would mean dirt is in the cracks.

2. What were the ways those floors were installed and

sealed in 1912? Lacquer? Oiled?

Thanks. This thread is pretty 'iffy' but some people don't

have all of the resources they want. And I know from

experience there's a right way and the long way. But

truthfully there's rarely a wrong way unless you are

just totally ignorant.

Thank you.

By the way. I can't believe the quality of

these forums. They're very excellant.

I do my best to look for 0 - reply threads and try to

give an answer. If you're bored for a few minutes

consider doing the same. It's a pretty neat feeling

just to toss in a few words if you know what you're

talking about.

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"What were the ways those floors were installed and
sealed in 1912? Lacquer? Oiled?"


    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 10:06AM
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1) yes you can temporarily live with unfinished wood floors. Remember though, people finish floors to protect the wood, not just make them look pretty. A single adult probably won't have issues with that, but if you have kids/grandkids/pets running around, they could make a big mess of the place.

For cracks, the only thing that seems to get the dirt out for me is a shopvac. That only lasts a short while and then they are dirty again. For 2 years, you will probably just need to learn to live with a little dirt in the cracks. Generally, you'll just want to keep it swept regularly and occasionally mop with a damp mop.

2)Probably varnished. Depending on the area and use, many floors got painted along the way. Since the place is 100 years old, it could have had any number of different finishes along the way.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 11:37AM
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The floors in the old house I live in ( mid 20's) are finished with shellac.....I put varnish over the shellac for wear.
If the floors survived 20 years as a group home, I'll bet there is some finish on them.
I can't think you will do serious damage if you just leave them the way they are.
Linda c

    Bookmark   August 12, 2009 at 1:19AM
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