Please Help! Two days & a square sander from Home Depot , Problem
We rented a square sander from Home Depot for two days and bought about $100+ of sandpaper and have spent a minimum of 15 hours sanding our daughter's old 1937 oak strip floors in two rooms. Still can see traces of dark areas. A floor man came by to give us an estimate on the other floors and said the ones we were working on were not ready to stain and seal. He says we must use a drum sander to get them down far enough. There are a few dark spots but in general they look pretty clean. I read many entries and I have had floors done by pros. Not sure what to do next. I can possibly find someone who can use a drum sander but would rather not have wasted all this time and effort. If we change from a stain and a polyurethane finish to Waterlox (tung oil) would that be more forgiving? All ideas appreciated. Thanks.