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Old 10-21-2010, 09:48 AM   #41
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Dear All, I don't want to start a new thread, so please answer this question if you happen to see this: I have real hardwood floors, beautiful oak with a coat of polyurethane over it, there are some scuffed marks from chairs/furniture being pushed around over the past 10 years, should I refinish the hardwood floors? Re-polyurethane it? It's large house, this will cost several thousand dollars to have it done professionally. I am a CPA, working long hours at my "day job!" so I won't have the time to do the refinishing myself. Your thoughts and advice on this are much appreciated. Thank you ALL!
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I'd check Home Depot or Lowe's for something to touch up the scuffed spots . I used one a few years ago and it worked fine and the price was right .
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I'd check Home Depot or Lowe's for something to touch up the scuffed spots . I used one a few years ago and it worked fine and the price was right .
I think I read somewhere that you can clean the scratched area well and brush on diluted polyurethane with a small brush. Google it .
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I have real hardwood floors, beautiful oak with a coat of polyurethane over it, there are some scuffed marks from chairs/furniture being pushed around over the past 10 years, should I refinish the hardwood floors? Re-polyurethane it? It's large house, this will cost several thousand dollars to have it done professionally.
Went down this path earlier this year. Make sure you still have some urethane on the areas in question. If so, you can try buffing it out yourself using an auto buffing unit, or a drill on a slower speed using a buffing pad. There's products at Amazon, Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace Hardware or True Value too. Min Wax and Bona Kemi are the products I've seen. I used the Min Wax floor reviver (comes in 2 finishes) product from Home Depot, about $20 for 32 oz. These new products have some urethane in it, so it helps to "rebuild" the urethane that's still on your floors. I used it on bare spots and it did improve them too, although the instructions were for spots not worn down that far.

My floors were 60 years old and never refinished, med. brown from all the yellowing, so I ended up refinishing the floors (friend recommended them when he did his), costs me $1/ft, the guy initially wanted $1.25/ft,but reduced it when I let him do the stairs too. They did a really nice job too, but the new poly stunk big time for weeks, even after airing it out daily.
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I think scuffed floors will have more of a negative impact on prospective buyers than the not-new refrigerator.
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Dear All, I don't want to start a new thread, so please answer this question if you happen to see this: I have real hardwood floors, beautiful oak with a coat of polyurethane over it, there are some scuffed marks from chairs/furniture being pushed around over the past 10 years, should I refinish the hardwood floors? Re-polyurethane it? It's large house, this will cost several thousand dollars to have it done professionally. I am a CPA, working long hours at my "day job!" so I won't have the time to do the refinishing myself. Your thoughts and advice on this are much appreciated. Thank you ALL!
I definitely wouldn't re-finish all my floors just because of a few scuff marks. You can try to repair it yourself by lightly sanding the scuffed areas (try approx 180 grit) and applying new polyurethane on these areas. Be careful--get up all dust/hair, etc, and take care not to introduce bubbles as you brush on the polyurethane. Then do what you can to keep dust off it until it dries, You're more likely to have success if you know/can match the gloss level of the existing coat. You can buy a one quart can and give it a try on one of the less conspicuous areas as a low-risk way of seeing if you want to do this.

There are products for "renewing" polyurethane floors (Varathane makes a product called "Renewal" they claim will fix scuff marks) but I don't know anything about them and a don't have much faith in their claims.
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:51 PM   #47
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Thank you ALL for these ideas on how I can fix these scuffed marks myself. I'll try it this weekend.
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There's this stuff called Restore-a-Finish that is good for touching up cabinets, etc. Might work on floors.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:48 AM   #49
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Dear W2R, is your house on the market yet? Or are you still putting the finishing touches on it? Any open houses planned?
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Will everyone please post when your house gets sold so we can all congratulate you and celebrate your success? We all NEED good, happy news! To anyone who is trying to sell a property, best of luck to all of us!
I may be too early in announcing this but....

Was about to close a 1 yr rental lease on our house today (delayed from Monday), then got a 2nd lease request and then an offer all within 1-2 hours today! After several offers/counters, we accepted the house for sale offer tonight! They want to close in 30 days and willing to put down 25%. My fingers are crossed, but I don't want to celebrate until we get to close and sign off. The housing market has been really slow here, got 5 rental requests in the past 45 days and 3 have been with horrible credit/foreclosures.
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