Is it possible to refinish a pine floor?

We had flood damage and had to remove all carpeting, cabinets, etc. We like the looks of the wood floor better than if we replaced the carpeting, but wonder if the 6" pine flooring can be refinished to withstand the traffic.

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  • 2dogal 2dogal on Jan 08, 2018
    Sand and polyurethane it. Just remember, pine is a very soft wood so will easily dent and ding.

    • Lizie Lizie on Jan 08, 2018
      are there different qualities of polyurethane? i've heard that matte is softer than hi-gloss.

  • Ken Ken on Jan 08, 2018
    I am amazed that a 6" pine floor was under water and did not warp or discolor. That said, do a professional sanding and the best floor finish that you can afford. High-end floor finishes are surprisingly expensive. The finish will make up for the relative softness of the pine.

    As far as "the traffic" that is a difficult measurement for us to gauge. If this is a commercial building with hundreds of feet dragging bits of grit in every day, I'd say to make another choice. If this is your living room and you are respectful of the flooring, cleaning occasionally and keeping the dog's nails trimmed, it should last a very long time.

  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Jan 08, 2018
    Pine is a very soft wood and will scratch can use it for flooring, but you might need to have several layers of varathane/varnish/sealant to protect it.

  • Lizie Lizie on Jan 08, 2018
    it did warp some but it's at 9,000' and very dry at that altitude. once it dried, it flattened out. still needs a good sanding and filler, though. told the dog she either needed to let me cut her nails or wear booties.