Did you use the sander after getting what you could of hte padding
I have parts that look like they are now part of hte wood floor &
almost impossible to remove w/ a metal scrapper.
IJ've been busting by back for 3 days now. Still in the living room.
I was able to remove everything from the bedrooms. Although the hall
& living room have become one w/ the floor. LOL
Sick of scrapping ..............
laslow email@example.com wrote in
> I have an old (1912) house with pine or fir wood floors
> and I think shellac finish over stain. We just removed
> some ~20 year old carpet and padding, and the floor doesn't
> look too horrible, so we would like to preserve as much
> of the original finish as possible.
> Eventually we would like to apply a coat of paste wax to add
> some protection and shine to the floor.
Been there, done that-- we've removed all the carpet from our 1958
house, five rooms and several hallways. The previous owners were
idiots and glued carpet pad to the oak floors; several rooms had more
than one later of carpet (topping out at three laters plus two pads
for a nearly 2" floor). As others have said, you're much better
scraping and refinishing the floors than trying to save the existing
With the glued-down pads we ended up using a floor scraper, like
you'd use to rip up tile. Used carefully it was possible to remove
the pads without gouging the flooring, but small scratches were
common. This left a layer of adhesive that had to be removed, in
addition to the remains of the original varnish. We rented the
Varathane rotary floor sander, which is essentially a triple-head
random orbit sander with a vacuum attached. It actually worked pretty
well and we were able to run through three grits in a 12x14' room in
half a day. The corners I sanded with my 5" Bosch ROS to the same
grit. Even with the vacuum system it's a dusty process.
We refinshed the floors with the water-based Varathane satin finish.
It worked great, went down easily, and looks like a new floor. We've
only had this done for about six months so I can't comment on wear,
but if it lasts I'll be delighted. The only spots on the floor that
look bad are a few places where the wood is stained from my attempts
to use a 3M carpet adhesive removal product, which is what the local
flooring folks suggested to use on the carpet adhesive. It didn't
work at all; the mechanical approach was clearly better, though