Does anyone have advice on the best way to clean up the tongues and
grooves on old hardwood flooring?
I'm redoing a bathroom in my house. The original maple T&G flooring,
which had been covered over in the 50's, was in pretty good shape,
however there were a couple areas with significant damage, and a
couple areas where the joints had separated. We decided to remove the
flooring, clean it up, install a new subfloor, and then reinstall the
I want to clean up the tongues and grooves before I reinstall the wood
so that we have relatively tight joints (I don't want/expect this to
look like a new floor, but I don't want 1/4" gaps.) The T&G edges of
the wood are caked with dirt that fell into the joints through the
I was thinking of running the boards through a shaper to recut the
edges (after running it under a metal detector...), but I'm worried
that the dirt and grime will kill the cutter instantly. It's only
about 60 square feet of flooring.
Any idea if the shaper will work? Should I instead just use something
like TSP and a scrub brush to clean everything up? Any other ideas?