12:23PM | 11/11/04
Member Since: 11/10/04
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I need to clean a very dirty wood floor that the finish has worn off of in some areas. What is the best way for me to do that and also, would it be okay to apply some type of wax, such as bowling alley wax, to the floor to shine it up a bit? I cannot afford to have the floor refinished right now but want to make it look a bit nicer as I may be selling my house soon. Thanks in advance for your help.


02:06PM | 11/11/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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Many floors are finished with wax rather than a film of urethane, varnish or lacquer. I had good results using Bruce Clean M' Strip and Lite N' Natural Wax. The cleaner is a solvent that dissolves old wax and grit. You may need to use multiple cloths to clean off all the dirt, and it can take a fair amount of work the first time. The liquid wax is easy to use and is self-polishing. I have seen it at True Value Hardware, flooring stores and some home improvement centers.

Here is a link to an online source so you can see the products. This is not an endorsement of this vendor:

Also take a look at his maintenance tips here:


05:50PM | 11/16/04
Member Since: 11/10/04
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for your response. I really appreciate it.


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