Originally Posted by rere
Would you tell me what you used to sand the floor?
For the hall, which was a small space, I used a palm sander. I started out with a heavy grit, to remove glue and smooth down splinters from the staples. Then I used a medium grit and finally a fine grit paper. Between each sanding, I swept with the shop vac and then wiped the floor down with a tack cloth.
After the first coat of stain, I sanded once more with the fine grit paper, swept, and wiped down. I was satisfied with the floor at that point and only applied additional coats of stain and then a day latter added four coats of a water-based, quick drying polycrylic. That stuff is great! Makes the floor look shiny and smooth as glass!
We followed essentially the same procedure for our master bedroom, except that we used a belt-sander and only sanded the whole floor twice. We did that floor when we first moved in, so we had only a couple days to do it and not money to rent an orbital sander. We didn't stain the master bedroom, only sealed it with poly.
We still have the staircase to sand down and finish. I think we'll be using a combination of a palm-sander and a mouse-sander for that job because it has lots of small spaces and corners. DH wants to just poly the stairs, while I want to stain and then poly. The wood on the stairs is red oak, which is a shame to cover with stain, but it's been very badly discolored over the years. Once we come to a consensus, that job will start too.