The goal of this project was to restore the red oak floors to a like-new appearance even though they were 50+ years old.


Restoring the 50+ year old floors to a like-new appearance was accomplished by sanding the whole house (living room, dining room, foyer, hallway, and two bedrooms including closets).

An amateur had sanded the floors leaving machine marks and severe gouges throughout nearly destroying the floors. He then applied Linseed oil to restore the floors but made a massive mess.

The restoration process involved sanding the floors five separate times using the following sand paper grit schedule: 20, 40, 80, 100, and a light buffing pad to remove the raised wood grain. This was a necessary process to remove the thick layer of linseed oil and severe gouges. The sub-sequences of grits removed the sanding lines from the previous sanding to arrive at a furniture-like appearance. The floors were then finished with three applications of Dura-seal brand water-base commercial grade urethane.

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