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Alicia, congratualtions on your recent remodel. Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home. While we don't have any concrete answers to your questions, we do think it's the new varnish rather than the wood that is causing the issue. We suspect with some good dirt tracking in over some time [1-2 months] that the varnish will stop being so slick.
There is one other item we thought of but we give the advice cautiously as we don't know the results... Possible use of super fine sandpaper or light rubbing of steel wool in the high traffic area just to dull the varnish a little, little bit? Again we don't know for sure...possibly try a little corner to see how it would look if you go that direction would be our advice. We are also having thoughts of the use of surf wax...but don't know enough about it to advise.
Readers anyone have a tip for Alicia and her bum?