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How do I remove Mop & Glo from 1945 hardwood? 28 Mar 2019 12:40 #20520

Any and all advice welcome!

We've purchased a home built in 1945 with tongue-and-groove oak flooring nailed directly to the floor joists. There is a thick layer of grime encased in what I believe is a Mop & Glo-type product everywhere that was not covered by an area rug. (I found the used bottles of a generic product in the home).

The home has been vacant for about 10 years with no heat or air conditioning, so the product seems to have softened and swallowed up the dust and dirt every summer. The underlying finish does not appear to be polyurethane--maybe a varnish? We are months away from refinishing the floors, but is there anything that will dissolve that waxy layer without harming the finish underneath?

Mineral spirits seems to have little to no effect on the wax buildup so far. I'm hesitant to use cleaners for fear of damaging the floors, which are in surprisingly good shape (no pet stains, few scratches, no signs of tack strips from wall-to-wall carpet). Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance for any guidance.

How do I remove Mop & Glo from 1945 hardwood? 28 Mar 2019 20:46 #20522

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I don't know why people use these types of products. Try Zep Heavy Duty Floor Stripper. Do small areas at a time, clean, rinse, dry. Use a broom or a scrub brush.
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How do I remove Mop & Glo from 1945 hardwood? 29 Mar 2019 10:50 #20524

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The NWFA recommends a sand and refinish to remove these type of contaminants. Using a mechanical method of removal is highly preferred over a chemical removal method. The reasons are obvious ... wood is porous and a portion of the chemical remover will soak into the fibers and go to war with the stain and/or finish that will follow.
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