Do I need to sand & refinish my hardwood floors? I would really prefer not to.
I purchased a house a few months ago and since then we've been renovating. Most of the big crazy stuff is almost done, but now the floors are refusing to cooperate. This
is a picture from about a week and a half ago. Since the picture was taken, I did a thorough cleaning and polish with two coats of this
floor restorer. Since the floors looked in pretty good shape, no bare wood or deep scratches, just a bunch of gray/white spots, I hoped that would do it. After the clean/restore, the floor looked like this
, not perfect, but good enough. Gradually (within a day or two), however, the same white/gray spots began to emerge, though not as many.
I don't know what the floors were previously coated with or whether these spots are signs of water damage or the finish/wax being worn away in spots. I'm not even sure what kind of wood it is. I know the best thing would be to sand down to bare wood and then refinish from scratch, but I'd rather not do that.
So what next? Is there something I can do to the spots themselves or do I have to work on the whole floor? Should I just keep applying coats of polish until no spots come back? Help please.