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...

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