DIY Message Boards
refinishing wood floors

This topic can be found at:
http://boards.diynetwork.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8491013504/m/4973963967

Apr 01, 2013, 03:31 PM
Dennyg
refinishing wood floors
I have sanded my hardwood floors and vacuumed them three times. There is stil a dust residue and I'm looking
for an easy way to remove the dust prior to sealing the floor. I do have tack cloths but I've got a lot of
flooring. Will mineral spirits do the job or is there something else I can use? I will be using an oil based
polyurethane sealer.
Apr 01, 2013, 05:44 PM
nimitlawson
When it comes to Hardwood Flooring San Diego, West Coast Steam Clean is second to none. Your decision to rely on our services is something that you will not regret. We make sure that you get the best of the services at rates that will not dig a hole into your pocket. We are here to bring to all our customers cost effective and reliable services within the stipulated time. Our team of experienced staff make use of advanced technology and proven cleaning procedure ensuring that your wooden floors not only look amazing but also last longer.

This message has been edited. Last edited by: nimitlawson,
Apr 01, 2013, 09:53 PM
Jaybee
quote:
Originally posted by nimitlawson:
When it comes to Hardwood Flooring San Diego, West Coast Steam Clean is second to none. Your decision to rely on our services is something that you will not regret. We make sure that you get the best of the services at rates that will not dig a hole into your pocket. We are here to bring to all our customers cost effective and reliable services within the stipulated time. Our team of experienced staff make use of advanced technology and proven cleaning procedure ensuring that your wooden floors not only look amazing but also last longer.


All that great service without ever learning how to read. Totally amazing!


Jaybee
Apr 02, 2013, 01:11 AM
GardenSprite
quote:

Originally posted by Jaybee:

All that great service without ever learning how to read. Totally amazing!



Even more amazing is that he can't even find his own office! Imagine offering such services when he doesn't even know where he works.

(See the Air Duct Cleaning San Diego thread under the Cleaning section.)
Apr 02, 2013, 01:14 AM
GardenSprite
quote:
Originally posted by Dennyg:
I have sanded my hardwood floors and vacuumed them three times. There is stil a dust residue and I'm looking
for an easy way to remove the dust prior to sealing the floor. I do have tack cloths but I've got a lot of
flooring. Will mineral spirits do the job or is there something else I can use? I will be using an oil based
polyurethane sealer.


DennyG, what kind of vacuum are you using? Regular house vacuum, one with a HEPA filter, or a shop vac? Also, what's the motor size? I have an old Hoover Celebrity with a canister motor and another one in the floor attachment and it sucks up everything. Maybe a more powerful vacuum cleaner would help?

I think you'd have to use a lot of mineral spirits to get all the remaining sawdust, which would be a concern because of the fumes, even with good ventilation.

This message has been edited. Last edited by: GardenSprite,
Apr 02, 2013, 04:21 PM
nona
a tack cloth is nothing more than a rag that is soaked in mineral spirits with a little varnish in it just enough to make the cloth sticky. I would make one using a micro-fiber cloth and the varnish/ mineral spirits mix. I would also do one room at a time after I vacuumed with a good vacuum that has a HEPA filter
I would also use a quick drying varnish that has been thinned 3 to one and wipe it on rather than brush it, using a lint free cloth
I do a lot of woodworking and have tried all different ways of finishing, and find this is my preferred method
Sometimes I even use acetone for a thinner for oil based poly, for even faster drying
Naptha will dry faster than mineral spirits, but not as fast as acetone
Make sure you use a painters mask that has cartridges for organic solvents if you don't want to cook your liver
Apr 03, 2013, 07:44 PM
Conrad
I am betting the dust from sanding the floors can be a lot like drywall dust. It will accumulate everywhere including on walls, ceilings and every window or trim ledge? And when air circulates from furnace, window or even walking through, it will float down on the floor. I would seal off all heat ducts, (and remember to change air filters before use, after it is varnished).

I would shop garage sale/thrift stores and use old towels, microfibers or anything that did not shed a lot of lint and just dampen lightly with a spray of water, and wipe all surfaces to catch as much dust as possible. Maybe increase humidity a bit too to keep the stuff from floating to the floor, before you get ready to varnish. And not allow air to artificially circulate till the varnish skins over.