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how do you clean dirty hard wood floors? Answered

my hardwood floors are dirty at high traffic areas. I prefer not to sand them because of the mess sanding makes. I have heard that they could be cleaned by using a liquid refinisher. Is this true and what is the best brand/

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cathrynm
cathrynm

Best Answer 10 years ago

This is an excellent site for understanding where your dirt may be embedded (wax, polyurethane, shellac) depending on the age of your house/floors and how to determine what coating it may be: http://www.woodfloordoctor.com/_how_tos/articles/cleanpt2.shtml

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orksecurity
orksecurity

11 years ago

If the problem is just dirt, any of the hardwood-floor-cleaning products (not polishes, just cleaners!) should do the job. I went over most of my living room with one of those and a microfiber cloth, about a week ago, and it did help. (I didn't bother with the fancy mop, I just crawled around doing it by hand. Dignity be darned.)

My preferred approach is to try to make sure shoes don't come into the house, so most of the dirt stops at the door.

If you do need to refinish, consider a "screen and poly" job. Rather than sanding the old finish off completely, screening just takes off a bit of the top layer, and roughens it so the new finish will be able to grab onto it well. This does produce sanding dust, but much less than a full refinish would. Still not cheap if you have a pro do it, but less expensive and faster.