Hi, I have a weekend dance event coming up at a venue we don't use
regularly. Last week I went to check it out, and the owner in an act of
kindness and in preparation for the event, put down several coats of wax.
Now, the floor is VERY sticky which is further compounded by seasonal high
humidity. Does anyone have any thoughts for me as to how I might remedy the
situation? I can get in early, before the event and mop the floor a few
times. I don't think the venue will be used between now and our event, so
there's no chance of normal traffic wearing it down...
Washing the floor ahead of time would be time wasted. In this case, dirt is your friend, as the dirt provides a layer of lubricant between the shoes and the floor. Think of the floor as a strip of adhesive tape. Sprinkling dust on the tape reduces the tackiness to other objects.
So that is what you should not do. What should you do?
I would recommend that you tell people to spread the word that the floor is tacky and to select appropriate footwear. In this case, I would go with worn leather/suede or a bowling shoe. In a pinch, people can just use socks.
Here is an FAQ on dance floors, but I don't recommend putting any substance on the floor: http://www.eijkhout.net/rad/dance_offnet/floor3.html