This is my first post here, so please bear with a D.I.Y. beginner!
I am purchasing a brick ranch home, built in 1950. It has the original wood floors, which appear to be very well cared for- no water stains, not really any cracks between boards, no deep scratches or cuts into the wood.
It was finished with some kind of shellac, lacquer, or polyurethane when the house was built-I don't know exactly, but it was a finish that sat on top of the wood, and it wasn't wax. We want to care for the floors so they stay in good shape for 50 more years. I would really like to explore treating the floors with linseed oil. Does anyone have any experience with this? Transitioning from a finish that coated the top of the floor, to one that penetrates?
I know I would need to clean the surface, using steel wool or sandpaper to rough it up. Any advice if this is an idea that would work, or end horribly? Thanks!