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We had a party, and people tracked in mud from outside onto our wood floor. My roommates and I were considering two options for cleaning it. One way is to use a giant squeegee machine and a lot of water to get the dry dirt off the floor and out the door. Another way is to rent one of those wood floor sanding machines and scrape off the dirt and very top layer of wood. How do you think we should clean up our problem?



Dear Bryan

Please read both parts of my wood floor maintenance article available in the search box at the top of this web page. Don't clean the floor with lots of water until you know what the finish is. And don't use a sanding machine to clean a floor, you may destroy it, and be on the hook for its replacement.

You may also find these articles helpful:

1. How To Clean And Maintain Wood Floors PART ONE

2. How To Clean And Maintain Wood Floors PART TWO

3. How to remove and clean various stains and odors from wood floors

4. How To Chemically Strip Wood Floors without dust!

5. How To Take Care Of Your Health And Safety when Installing, Finishing, Repairing or Cleaning your wood floors