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
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