Refinishing softwood floors


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G Francis

I recently bought an abandoned farm house from the the early 1900's.
It has softwood flooring that has been covered by carpet and vinyl. I
would like to restore the wood and have been given conflicting advice
about softwood. Is it okay to sand the floor with a lower grit to get
the adhesive off the floor, or should I only use higher grit? Is the
overall process the same as hardwood floors? Thanks for any help.
 
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ransley

I recently bought an abandoned farm house from the the early 1900's.
It has softwood flooring that has been covered by carpet and vinyl.  I
would like to restore the wood and have been given conflicting advice
about softwood.  Is it okay to sand the floor with a lower grit to get
the adhesive off the floor, or should I only use higher grit?  Is the
overall process the same as hardwood floors?  Thanks for any help.
What reason have you been given to use finer grit. Glue will clog up
paper I would think fast but with old wood coarse grit is the quickest
way to get to good wood, you might have to remove alot, check the
thickness first it may have been sanded many times before and be to
thin to sand. Abandoned, water damage may not come out.
 
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Phisherman

I recently bought an abandoned farm house from the the early 1900's.
It has softwood flooring that has been covered by carpet and vinyl. I
would like to restore the wood and have been given conflicting advice
about softwood. Is it okay to sand the floor with a lower grit to get
the adhesive off the floor, or should I only use higher grit? Is the
overall process the same as hardwood floors? Thanks for any help.

It is the same. To get a nice smooth surface use 3 or 4 grit grades
working up to 220 or 250 grit. It is much easier to gouge a softer
wood, so be careful about moving or tipping the sander or being in any
spot for too long. Some sanders are much more aggressive than others.
Sanding always makes a mess so having a dust collector and a
well-fitting respirator makes good sense. Also, consider hanging
sheets of plastic to confine the dust else it will easily travel over
the house.
 
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jim

I recently bought an abandoned farm house from the the early 1900's.
It has softwood flooring that has been covered by carpet and vinyl.  I
would like to restore the wood and have been given conflicting advice
about softwood.  Is it okay to sand the floor with a lower grit to get
the adhesive off the floor, or should I only use higher grit?  Is the
overall process the same as hardwood floors?  Thanks for any help.
Not sure about your softwood floor project but at our summer home we
refinished the 800 sq feet of softwood flooring last summer. Real nice
job, took our time and put 5 coats on it. Daughter had some friends up
for a BBQ and someone decided that high heel shoes was appropriate
footwear for cottage country. The rest is history.
 
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G Francis

Wow, that is a sad story about the high heels. Thanks to everyone for
the advice!
 
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It is the same. To get a nice smooth surface use 3 or 4 grit grades
working up to 220 or 250 grit. It is much easier to gouge a softer
wood, so be careful about moving or tipping the sander or being in any
spot for too long. Some sanders are much more aggressive than others.
Sanding always makes a mess so having a dust collector and a
well-fitting respirator makes good sense. Also, consider hanging
sheets of plastic to confine the dust else it will easily travel over
the house.
 
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When there is a lot of adhesive on a floor it is a loosing proposition to sand it-it gums up the sandpaper and can ruin a sander or at least make it very difficult to clean. First you need to strip the adhesive with a product like Citristrip orange paint and varnish remover. I had to use it on a floor that was covered in carpet adhesive after trying sanding to no avail. Get some sharp wide scraper blades, knee pads, apply the stripper and start scraping. After stripping and cleaning up, allow the floor to dry and then sand.
 

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