Barry and I hand scrubbed, sanded and put three layers of clear coat on the floor in the back studio and lunch room. We did this instead of just renting a sander and having at it. Our thought was that by being gentle on the wood we could preserve all of the age and patina that had developed over the years. Now it is clean and smooth and has an ashy green tinge to it which is lovely. Its much warmer wood out in the area where the table will be.