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Flora

09:28AM | 09/18/03
Member Since: 09/17/03
3 lifetime posts
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I've been reading up on all the various cleaning suggestions for hardwood floors, but haven't seen any for our particular situation. We've pulled up carpets laid in the Spring of 1963 and the horsehair pads that were beneath them.

The pads left some clumps of horsehair and an overall "patina" of miniature squares of fiber. It doesn't appear the mats were glued down, just that they stuck to the floor over time.

I've only gone so far as to try a damp, mildy abrasive pad and elbow-grease. The bulk of the clumps were generally removed (although not as much as I'd thought they'd be) but the miniature squares were relatively untouched.

We don't want to resand and refinish the floors, but just want a solution to make the floors less "hairy." (Although I wouldn't be surprised if resanding were our only option: this stuff is stuck on there!)

TIA!

carpetman

08:12PM | 09/18/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
if the wood floor was from the 60's.it was a wax finish floor,the remanants of the pad are sticking to the wax.or the pad had a rubber bottom on it and that has "burned" itself in to the wood. i would try a wood cleaning type solvent,or maybe minerial spirits. available from your local flooring supply co.....good luck

Flora

04:44AM | 09/19/03
Member Since: 09/17/03
3 lifetime posts
Thanks! I will give that a try and report back on how it works.

FWIW, to the best of my knowledge, the floors are original to the house, built in 1917.

Flora

05:46AM | 10/20/03
Member Since: 09/17/03
3 lifetime posts
Just reporting back on our floors. Unfortunately, my attempts at removing the horsehair have been largely unsuccessful. I've tried mineral spirits and steel wool, and it still leaves small squares of horsehair pad (although now they are smooth to the touch). I think resanding is our only option.

FWIW, I also tried, and the behest of random family suggestions, both Goof Off and Goo Gone and neither touched the horsehair (but the Goof Off did kind of stain the floor slightly).

BV001191

12:04PM | 05/31/13
I was wondering if anyone found a good solution besides sanding on how to remove this? there are a few things i am gonna try otherwise i will have to just sand it and repoly over it all.
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