Post # 1
We recently installed hardwood floors in our house, and while I love them, I am having the hardest time keeping them clean. Right now, I sweep them to remove any dirt and pet hair, and then I use my Swiffer Wetjet. However, once the floors dry, even if hours have passed, footprints and paw prints still show up easily. I thought about buying a Shark steamer but someone told me that it doesn’t work very well either. Those of you with hardwood floors and pets, what do you do to keep yours looking nice and clean? I clean mine every single day and they always look dirty. I know there has to be a solution, but I don’t know what it is!
Post # 3
HAHA. I gave up on it. I try to wipe my dogs paws when he comes in to the house, but I don’t think that helps much.
Post # 4
Rugs in high traffic areas and daily sweeping. Also some hardwood specific floor cleaner seems to help. We don’t have much of an issue with paw prints but the fur is the worst! Also, if your dogs shed a lot, giving them a good brush down with one of those lose fur removing combs seems to.help for us
Post # 5
It’s still a constant struggle but my mom told me to buy a Bona and it makes the floors look SO much better
Post # 6
@LGenz: +1 to the bona.
and my parents got a steamer (not a shark one b/c of the bad reviews) and they love it. so I’d look into both of those and rugs for high traffic areas. Homegoods has fairly cheap rugs
Post # 7
OK thanks guys! I don’t know what a Bona is but I will definitely check into it.
Post # 8
With three dogs I don’t try to keep the floors perfect. There are more important things then keeping your hardwood looking amazing.
It also wouldn’t be possible.
Post # 9
my mom vacuums to get the pet hair up and then uses a dry swiffer. she also has area rugs and runners in high traffic areas. we don’t have hardwoods in our apartment but we have linoleum in the kitchen (and a cat). we have the haan steamer and it’s awesome.
Post # 10
Swiffer sweeper vac. I use it everyday. It only holds enough battery charge to hit 1000 sq ft at a time, but it is a labor saver. It sucks up small debris while the dry swiffer cloth gets all the dust and loose hair. Before I had to sweep with broom then follow with dry swiffer. Use a furminator on your dogs after they dry from a bath. Feeding salmon oil helps too. I use Life Line Alaskan Salmon Oil off of Amazon. My dogs are soft and silky, good for old dog athritis too.
Post # 11
Are your floors dark? My floors are a medium color and red oak with a lot of color variation. They show almost nothing until they get really dirty. If your floors are dark, this may just be a constant challenge for you. I have a Shark that I use once every month or two and use the Bona every week or so. The rest of the time I just vacuum and sweep.
Post # 12
I have the same problem with little cat paw prints all over the hardwood on the 2nd floor. I vacuum and use the dry swiffer to get the hair and dust, and then I have a swivel-head dust mop with a reuseable pad that I put some wood cleaner on just to get it damp, and then clean with that. It works but I don’t like the strong smell of the cleaner.
Thanks to the posters who mentioned the Shark steamer… I have a hand-held one which has been in my basement since I moved but I will pull that out again. I used it on the hardwood a few houses ago and it worked really well.
Post # 13
Yea I do my floors weekly. I dont have time for more frwquent. We hgave a 7 month old pup that goes bonkers almost all the time. I use the bona stuff but honestly, it doesn’t really do much for me. I think its because I have parquet floors so they are a bit harder to keep shiny. Do you have natural wood or laminate? My mom gets away with her laminate much better than I do on natural wood.
Post # 14
I never get any paw prints. I’ve heard the swiffer wet leaves a sort of film which actually promotes more foot/paw prints. I mop using really really hot water (to help it evaporate fast so it doesn’t streak) with a little dish soap and vinagar in it. Works excellent and I’ve never had any problems with prints/smudges. I also wipe my dog’s feet whe she comes in from outside.
Oh and my floors are as dark brown as they come.
Post # 15
I have two dogs and two cats and I have to sweep on a daily basis if I want the floors to stay presentable. I have a lighter hardwood with a lot of color variation, so mine doesn’t show footprints that bad and I’ve never really had a problem with paw prints. I have a Shark steam mop and I really like it.
I would also like to suggest rugs in high traffic areas. That’s really helped me.