Need advice on old waxed floors....
I have a 1940 home with approximately 500 s.f. of waxed oak floors. Rug pads have left a black gummy residue on the wax - otherwise they are in excellent condition. I plan on renting the home, and am concerned about potential damage to the wood floors by tenants. I hope to eventually retire to this house in about 10 years.
A few questions for all of you....
* Would a wax finish provide better protection (i.e. a waxy film) for the wood rather than a poly finish (which is subject to cracking/peeling, scratches, etc).? Would you recommend stripping and waxing with several coats of wax before I rented it? What stripping/wax products are recommended?
Or....would a poly finish provide better protection for the underlying wood?
* Install neutral area rugs (that the tenants HAVE to keep down). What rug pads work on waxed floors without leaving a residue?
Thanks to all of you for your advice and recommendations..