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Posted: 2/15/2006 12:44:42 AM EDT
My oak floors are about 7 years old now and seem to be in good shape. We do not wear shoes inside so they only get sock/bare feet wear on them. I would like to reseal them even though they seem to be holding up fine. I don't want to sand them because of the dust and I don't think it needs that. Is there a product out there that I can apply to reseal and bring back a nice shine to the wood that I can just put on on let it dry?

Also what is the best cleaner to use on wood floors? I have been using Murphy's Oil Soap and it seems to be a good product. Anything better? Thanks for any input!!!
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 12:57:18 AM EDT
You must sand/scuff the polyurethane to give the new coat a mechanical bond to the previous layer. If you tried to apply a new coat without doing this, you would only cause yourself problems later on as the new coat would flake/peel off.


As for cleaners, there are several brands made for hardwood floors. I'd avoid the Murphys Oil Soap for flooring.

If your floors aren't scratched, dinged, scuffed, damaged, etc. then leave them alone and do a proper refinish when the time is right.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 1:34:31 AM EDT
Another thing to consider is making sure the new application is compatible with the old finish. Some pre-finished flooring will not accept finishes available to most people. Try an inconspicuous area first like a closet or corner so you can be sure it will work.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 11:53:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By A_G:
You must sand/scuff the polyurethane to give the new coat a mechanical bond to the previous layer. If you tried to apply a new coat without doing this, you would only cause yourself problems later on as the new coat would flake/peel off.


As for cleaners, there are several brands made for hardwood floors. I'd avoid the Murphys Oil Soap for flooring.

If your floors aren't scratched, dinged, scuffed, damaged, etc. then leave them alone and do a proper refinish when the time is right.



Thanks! Why would you avoid Murphys Oil soap?
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 12:10:33 PM EDT
If I recall, Murphy's leave an oily residue... can make floors slick.
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