X-post Flooring. How to disinfect oak treads?
I had originally finished my oak stair treads with Tried and True Wood Finish - a mix of BLO and beeswax. Looks good on baseboards and casings, but the treads weren't holding up to traffic (even with no shoes in house). I haven't recoated them since I planned on refinishing them.
Last night DS threw up on the stairs, I wiped up with dry followed by wet paper towels. Now I have additional questions. Never got an answer on Flooring to my original post anyway.
1. How do I disinfect the wood b/c we are still walking on this and I don't want to spread germs all over the house? I also don't want bacteria to start growing in the grain. I wiped it down with mineral spirits this AM, think that will kill everything?
2. How long should I let this go (raised grain on one step) before I refinish? It doesn't smell bad, but I don't want to seal anything yucky (or moisture) in.
3. My original questions were how to prep these for refinishing - wipe with mineral spirits, sand, tack, then should I seal with dewaxed shellac to make sure if there's any wax left it won't cause problems? Also, looking for recommendations for finish - I thought about Waterlox but don't know about smell and drying time since we are living in the house and I'm lucky if I can get 8 hours with no traffic on the stairs. Getting to the time of year when ventilation (without heating the great outdoors) is a problem. What about Zar Floor poly? According to the can, it dries faster than the (non-super fast) Fast Drying Minwax poly that I could buy (apparently Minwax SuperFast Drying can't be sold here any more b/c of VOC laws).