View Full Version : Freshening hardwood floors w/o fullblown sand and varnish

02-24-2007, 09:17 AM
I remember, a while ago, a discussion on the BB (which I can't find, but it was a while ago) about getting another coat of polyurethane on hardwood without doing the whole giant sand-to-the-wood project...

Ours need renewing, but they're the old, thin, original wood and have already been sanded -- I don't even know if we could sand them again with the giant drum sander!

Anyway, someone, or ones, round here mentioned a product (?) that they'd used to just rough up the floor for an extra coat of poly-- anyone remember this? Help?

02-24-2007, 09:28 AM
Haven't ever used it but there is this product: Wood-Solv (http://www.chemspecworld.com/catalog_browse.asp?ictNbr=301)

02-24-2007, 10:02 AM
Every room (except the master bdrm) in my house is oak hardwood so I am like the Consumer Reports of hardwood floor refinishing products.:D

Three things out of the many that I have tried work sufficiently well. Nothing will make a floor look like it did after the final coat of polyurethane has dried, but anything to avoid the personal hell of moving every stick of furniture out of here to professionally refinish these floors is worth it.:rolleyes:

Orange Glo makes a hardwood floor refinishing kit which works very well.

Pledge makes a hardwood floor cleaner that does a great job.

My favorite is the Method brand of almond scented "Good For Wood" floor cleaner. I buy it at Target.

None of these make the floors slippery, yet they fill in the dull or scratched areas, as long as the scratch isn't too deep - and the Method smells fabulous!

02-24-2007, 02:38 PM
I picked up some Minwax pamphlets from Home Depot, I'm pretty sure that they have the information about refinishing without the total sanding. I have no idea where they got to, though. I think they also had the instructions for getting dents out of hardwood floors with steam and hot wet cloths. I intend to get the high heel dents out of mine sometime.


02-24-2007, 02:50 PM
BONA products are highly regarded. I use the cleaner on our hardwood floors (which we have in every room of the house). They have a 'refresher' which, from reading the description is not a cleaner but something more heavy duty to restore a finish (in fact they recommend not replacing furniture on it for 24 hours so it's definitely more than a cleaner). You can use it as long as your floors aren't waxed. I have no personal experience with this particular product from their line but you can read about it here:


I think you're wise not to use the sander on your floors. We had ours refinished 12 years ago when we bought our house and were told at the time that it was going to be the last time they could be sanded. I don't believe they are original to the house (we found one of the original, very narrow slatted wood floors when we replaced some 40's era linoleum in one of the baths) but were put in anywhere between the 1930's and 1950's.