My wife and I recently bought a fixer-upper house built in 1954 and the
oak hardwood floors need some help but I'm not sure exactly what to do.
There was wall-to-wall carpet in the living room, dining room, stairs,
hall and master bedroom which had been down for at least 30-35 years
judging by the condition of the padding under the carpet.
The finish isn't worn away, it has most of the same characteristics of
the rest of the floor but is a mottled darker shade of reddish-gold. I
suspect it's an effect of years of pressure and heat on the varnish
itself; before we took up the carpet you could see where the previous
owner had positioned and left his furniture for the past three decades,
and this mottling appears only in what would have been high-traffic
zones - around furniture, in the hallway, across the living room to the
stairs, etc. This mottling isn't on top of the finish because it's not
affected by any of the standard wood floor cleaners.
I really don't have the time at this point to sand the finish off and
redo the floors. Is there something I can do short of sanding and
refinishing the floors?