Asked on May 14, 2019

How do I fix my hardwood floors?



I have a 117 year old house. I sanded off the very, dark finish the previous owners had put down on part of the upstairs floor. The sanded wood was the color of oak though I am not sure what it is. Because the wood itself was in such bad shape, the guy at Home Depot told me to put down a wood conditioner before I stained. The problem is, the conditioner darkened the color of the floor where people have walked for the past 117 years. should I resand or is there another way to fix this?

4 answers
  • Joseph Glackin
    on May 14, 2019

    Forget the conditioner. IF your floor can take another sand, do it. Then use a premium varnish. Your floor is probably oak, and has been "conditioned" for over a century. There are stains you can mix into the varnish if you want a color. See an expert, not a big box clerk.

  • Joy30150932
    on May 15, 2019

    If the conditioner had oil in it no amount of sanding will get if all off. Sand lightly again and then put on a stain that will be to your liking and cover it with at least two coats of varathane.

  • Linda
    on May 15, 2019

    It is tough working with hold wood floors. We were faced with this in my grandma's house which is over 100 years old now. The high traffic areas will be a challenge. I believe the only way to treat it is to sand it down a lot. Wish I could help more.

  • Kelly-n-Tony
    on May 21, 2019

    Honestly I'd sand it down so you get the beautiful result you want

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