Can This Hardwood Floor Be Saved?

Home Improvement Asked by Newbie DIYer on July 24, 2020

I’m considering putting an offer in on a house that is a fixer upper. I’d like to keep the original (1945) hardwood floors but am concerned about their condition.

The floor has a large bare spot in the middle of the room where it looks like the stain and varnish have been worn away leaving the bare wood exposed. Other parts of the room have large black spots (2-3 feet long).

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My goal is to sand the floors so they are no longer a darker wood color and then re-stain them a light maple or a natural tone like sand.

Is this possible with these floors?

2 Answers

Solid hardwood floors can be refinished several times. However, we don't know enough about your floor to answer properly. Some factors:

  • How many times it's been done before. Eventually you start getting through to the tongue of the plank, which leaves thin spots and gaps. You might also start seeing nail heads.
  • How severe the dark spot damage is. That might be water stains, which can go quite deep. If they're deep and dark enough you won't get them out entirely.
  • The color you plan on using. The dark stain that's on there now may have seeped all the way down the vertical faces of the planks. That, along with the water stains, may mean you won't get a nice finish with a light stain or just varnish. You may have to stick to a darker color to mask those things.

Answered by isherwood on July 24, 2020

I sanded a similar wood floor, a bit older though.

I used a drum sander 8 or 10” in diameter and 14 or 16” long roughly.

I sanded diagonal to the grain with coarse then finer grades of paper. It took about 5 passes in total with 2 at the medium paper.

This produced a lot of dust and I sealed all the doors to prevent other rooms getting covered. Also had a big vac to get the dust.

Stain and finish as preferred.

Answered by Solar Mike on July 24, 2020

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