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Hi everyone,
we are renting an old house and we've been trying to decide what to do with the flooring. There are areas which are so badly damaged, you get splinters in your foot if you aren't careful. The previous renters suggested laying carpet but I was thinking I would like to try and repair and/or wax the floors but not really sure how to go about doing it since I've never done anything like this before. Has anyone here had their wooden floors repaired in Switzerland? I'm just worried about our little 2 month old... once he starts to crawl, I don't think it will be a pretty situation
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Re: damaged wood flooring

Sand and sand and then sand again. then you can paint them with that paint (is it vernish in english?)
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Old 11.06.2010, 18:13
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You need to rent a sander like this


and then a floor buffer like this:

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Old 11.06.2010, 18:26
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Hi everyone,
we are renting an old house and we've been trying to decide what to do with the flooring. There are areas which are so badly damaged, you get splinters in your foot if you aren't careful. The previous renters suggested laying carpet but I was thinking I would like to try and repair and/or wax the floors but not really sure how to go about doing it since I've never done anything like this before. Has anyone here had their wooden floors repaired in Switzerland? I'm just worried about our little 2 month old... once he starts to crawl, I don't think it will be a pretty situation
Landlord should fix it.
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Old 11.06.2010, 18:38
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Landlord should fix it.
But then he would want more money try to get the approval from the landlord to do it yourself, but negotiate a no-increase clause for your work perhaps? After all, you do improve the property value with the added bonus of making the place a bit more comfy for you and your family...
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Re: damaged wood flooring

A lot depends on the type of wood. If it is soft (pine or similar - tanne here) you can go directly to brushing then oil or wax and polishing. A lot easier for a DIY person. It is a little unique to us foreigners but it is what I do at work, more with furniture but also getting popular with architecs doing sympathetic renovation on old houses. Basically you use a slow speed angle grinder like a car polisher uses, moving from course to fine nylon brushes then use an oil or similar product to seal it, it finishes up like textured like "driftwood". It looks great and any dents/knocks from the kids just add to the character. PM me if you need more info.
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we are renting an old house
If you are renting you really should get the landlord's permission before doing anything that involves sanding or grinding - or you could find yourself with an expensive surprise when you move out.
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