07:47PM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 08/06/03
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Help! I just pulled up the carpet covering the red oak hardwood floors in my 40 year old house and found LOTS of black mildew AND some swaths of glue (they glued the padding down in some places). Is there anyway to get this off OTHER than having the floors refinished?? I am remodeling and at the end of my $$$ and didn't plan on having to refinish floors!!!


08:39PM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
if its the original finish on the floor ,it's a wax finish,get some "dark and rich" or for a light color floor " light and bright" from a bruce hardwood dealer.and try cleaning the floor with one of these products. but you are asking a lot.anytime you pull up the
old carpet to uncover an old hardwood floor the chances are it will need to be refinished...good luck
p.s. you will aso need a can of "wipe clean" also from bruce.


10:51PM | 08/07/03
Member Since: 07/24/03
80 lifetime posts

I would say short of refinishing the floor you are going to end up with a compromise you will live to regret.

Waxing a wood floor is not a good idea in the long run. Why do you think wall to wall carpet was the rage in the 70's and 80's? Waxing wood floors is a lot of work. (ask your grandmother) My thoughts are if you don't have anything better to do with your time than wax and buff wood floors, you need a hobby.

The urethanes today make wood floor care a snap. Actually easier to maintain than carpet. I would think carefully before not biting the bullet and refinishing the floors and starting over with a clean slate.


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