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#1 of 6 Old 09-06-2008, 03:54 AM - Thread Starter
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We have wood flooring in our apartment, which has been neglected for a long time--not sure how long. The building owners aren't interested in doing anything about the floors.

Meanwhile they're very scuffed, in some places broken and a bit splintered, and in some places they have water damage.

We're doing some home repairs, with an eye towards childproofing. I'd like to improve the floor--especially dealing with the potential splinters and little holes. It would be nice to get it looking a bit better, but I'm not willing to do the kind of serious floor work that the building owners should be paying for, of course.

Is there anything we could do? I'm thinking, maybe putting some kind of wax in the holes or splinters?
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we also rent and our floor is not in great shape.

we got a rug.

problem solved

That's not much help is it? The floor we have needs to be sanded down and refinished, and there is one board that needs to be replaced. There's no way I'd complete those repairs on my own.

You can put wood paste into the holes, if they are small enough. It dries and fills in the gaps. You can usually find it at hardware stores.
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I've been using wood putty to fill in the gaps where splintering is beginning... Take a box knife/exacto knife and shave off any large splinters, fill the gap with wood putty (use gloves), let it dry then sand the area with a medium-fine sandpaper to smooth it out. It doesn't look all that pretty, but it prevents the floor from splintering further. After pulling 3 splinters out of my DH's feet 3 days in a row, I finally got down on the floor and did that.

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If you can get their permission, rent a sander and do the work yourself. It takes a weekend to do it, but you'll save $. I did call around when I was considering having some floors redone here and the cheapest I got was $1.50 a sq ft for sanding + refinishing. You could also have them professionally sanded (which I'd recommend because one wrong move with the sander and you've seriously ruined the floor) and stain them yourself (super easy part).
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Thanks everyone!
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Fill with wood putty and paint the floors with porch paint.
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