A.Floor finisher Michael
Purser, owner of the Rosebud Co. in Atlanta,
responds: I recommend that you consider
recoating the surface. It offers great value and a
quick turnaround and should be completely dustless.
You can recoat any contemporary finish as long as
paste or acrylic wax has not been applied over it.
I further recommend that a professional floor
finisher do the work because professionals have the
appropriate equipment and experience.
After the rooms have been cleared of furniture,
prepare the surface with a buffer and a maroon
synthetic pad or well-worn 120 screen-back disc.
Simple vacuum attachments are available for the
buffer to collect all the dust created. You might
also consider using a chemical prep by one of
several manufacturers (Basic Coatings and Bona Kemi
both have one), which eliminates buffing entirely.
Either way, there need not be any dust.
After preparing the surface, you apply the
finish. I suggest waterborne polyurethane because
of its speedy drying and curing time, its ease of
maintenance, and its attractiveness. If you have
any high-wear areas, you might want to touch them
up before making the final application. After that,
one coat usually does the job.
Understand that a recoat does not remove serious
gouging or indentations, nor will the preparation
remove paint or stains.
I regularly recoat floors after renovation or
when a property is changing hands. It provides
excellent long-term protection and enhances the
appearance of the floors with a lot less effort and
money than a full-blown sanding and refinish. It's
worth checking out.