I bought my house a couple of years ago and I was told that there are beautiful hardwood floors under the carpet. I decided to rip up the carpets and find out (actually my dog decided that for me when she ate some of my carpet for dinner).
I see a lot of articles on how to refinish hardwood floors, so I can figure that out myself.
My question is if sanding is ALWAYS required when bringing hardwood back to life. The old woman I bought the house from kept the house in pristine condition, and I can't imagine the floors under the carpet are any different.
I'm hoping that I can remove the carpet and any adhesive and just apply the stain and protective coating without sanding. Is this a completely unrealistic expectation? Or do people sometimes get lucky and have hardwood under carpet that doesn't need sanded?