We bought a house and decided to refinish hardwood floors ourselves. Mistake! We used Minwax Complete one step. It is water based and has stain and poly together. The floors look awful and we want to remove it. What is the best way to get this gook off the floor? We are supposed to move in and 5 days!!
... maybe now is a great time to refinish the whole floor.
Rent a floor sander, either a drum sander, floor stripper, or square buff sander and take off the [goo] and thin layer of the wood.
Usually, it is best to remove floor edge molding to get all the way to the walls, but if the molding is expensive or hard to remove, it is not unreasonable to do a best effort with the edge sander (above right) or an orbital with a shield.
Then add floor finish, sand, buff, and refinish again. It is a lot of work and has to be spread out over at least three days with no use of the room, but it can really revive an iffy room and make it one you can be proud of.
It will need to be sanded back down and redone. Find the right contractor, and it may get done in 4 days if they fit you in right away. THAT will be the trick.