We recently purchased an old New England house and had the 100+yr old
wide pine flooring on our house professionally sanded and
polyurethaned (with 4 coats of oil-based poly).
The floors look beautiful, full of character.
However, after only a couple of weeks we are finding that the floors
are incredibly easy to scratch, gouge, and even dent.
Most disturbingly, near a desk, we have found the floor covered with
numerous round dents matching the the legs of a folding chair (even
though the bottom of the chair has a quarter-size thick felt pad on
I know that pine is soft, but this seems ridiculous. I don't recall
seeing so much denting and gouging before we had it refinished.
- Is it possible that the floor people did something to make the wood
more vulnerable? (or did I just not notice this before).
- Is there anything we can do other than being very careful, putting
down rugs, etc?