You might discover a great wood floor underneath an old carpet you want to replace. While the floor could be in great shape structurally, possibilities are the finish will be dingy and dull from years under the carpet, especially after you’re done scraping off the residual carpet underlayment. Getting rid of the initial layers, then applying gloss, will bring back the luster to that floor without changing its color or character.
Remove the discount carpet by hand, or using your hammer and prybar as needed. Pry off the carpet strips around the perimeter of the room and pull out any errant nail heads up. Use a floor scrape to get up residual carpet underlayment.
According to This Old House online, a screening disk is clog-resistant sandpaper that will just remove the finish of the floor, without cutting into the wood itself. It will take off any remaining recurring material from the carpets and grind away the top layer of floor gloss.
Vacuum up the dust. Switch out the heavy-grit disk for a medium one and duplicate the sanding procedure. The 2nd screening should take up the remainder of the top layer.
Vacuum the dust once again, and re-screen the floor with the fine-grit disk. It must get the surface completely free of shine and gloss, with the original color of the floor still in place.
Brush on polyurethane floor gloss starting at the edge of the room opposite the doorway. Brush it on with the direction of the floorboards, blowing and wiping away any residual dust ahead of the brush. Do the entire floor.Continue reading