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You sand it down with a rotary electric sander using progressively smaller grit pads, till it's all smooth. At this point you have different options on what to finish it with. -It can be waxed with modern hard wearing waxes or painted with various kinds of varnish.

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Just to add: Please check that the prior owner did not "surface nail" any of the floor as the nail heads will make "short work" of your sanding pads or rotary drum of you sander.
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