My father-in-law has asked me to sand down the pine boards in his living room.
It's a victorian terraced house, and the floor is original solid pine 5" wide boards. The current finish is some kind of varnish. This has cracked/worn/peeled over the years and looks very tatty.
There's a lot of furniture in the room, and nowhere else to move it to, so the floor will need to be sanded & refinished in 2 or maybe 3 small sections. Because of this it's not going to be practical to hire a floor sander so I'm hoping to do it with a rotex/ETS combo.
I don't know much about floor finishes, so I'm looking for recommendations. He is a bit of an old hippy, so won't allow anything with VOC's in the house (I even had to finish his wooden worktops (countertops) with organic olive oil!).
So, I'm looking for something that fulfils the following:
Hardwearing & easily maintained;
Can be applied in small patches, and blended together easily;
Does not contain VOC's, and is as low-odour as possible;
Maintains/protects the natural colour of the boards as much as possible;
Available in the UK (a lot of the US products mentioned on FOG are ones I've never heard of!).
In Ikea recently I spotted a water-based oil they sell for worktops (how you get water-based oil is beyond me, but that's what it said on the tin!), but I don't know if that would be OK on floors.