Found the original hardwood floors under some old tile I was tearing up for a kitchen renovation, and wondering how best to patch and refinish them. There's construction glue they used under the concrete board all over the place, and under that some interesting old flooring that's a very thin layer of something plastic-ish over what looks like burlap fabric. The place was built in the early 1920s, and the tile was put on in the early 90s. I have no idea what happened between those years.
For the patching I was thinking either:
- Get some more maple (it's standard 2 1/4" tongue and groove) and try to do a tie in. Probably would have to cut off the tongue/groove across most of it and rely on adhesive to keep it in place
- Just make cuts to even things out on either side of that gap and patch in, accepting that the patch will be very visible.
Better alternatives would be very much appreciated.
As for the stuff left over on the floors, I'm not sure what it is or how to get it off. I was thinking a manual floor scraper (I will have a lot of sanding to do anyway, not afraid of adding some scratches) but I don't know what that material is and would rather not do guesswork trying out a bunch of tools. I imagine a sander will struggle and gum up frequently until I get down to the wood.