Post # 1
My family just moved into our new condo (on our 6 month anniversary, awww) and for the first time in my life I am living on hardwood floors. We have two dogs (one is 27 lbs and the other is a puppy we are expecting to grow to be about 30 lbs) and so far the only evidence that they live with us are the hair tumbleweeds that gather under our furniture. Luckily, the floors aren’t getting scratched up which is a relief since we weren’t sure what would happen! We are saving up to get area rugs for the living room, etc.
I’ve been swiffering daily, but does anyone else have any tips, tricks, or cautionary tales for me?
Our floors are a 3″ engineered oak (medium color- doesn’t show debris but I can feel it on my bare feet!).
Post # 3
@MrsMayaBee: I got a Swifffer wet jet for hardwood floors and I didn’t like it at all, it left awful streaks and only sprayed out of one side 🙁
Then I bought a bona system and it works great but its annoying to have to spray then mop then spray.
So, I bought a spraying mop from Container store that you can put whatever solution you want in it, and put the Bona in that….works great!
I also have a Dyson, the cordless one, that thing is awesome for a quick run around the house to hit the corners. We have 4 cats so litter and hair collect in all of the corners.
Other than that, I try and sweep every few weeks.
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Post # 5
We have hardwood floors, with a VERY fluffy kitty and a dog who tracks everything in from outside and sheds like crazy. I got a regular vacuum that can be used on hardwood that I use for my weekly cleaning. I also got a smaller one that I use for touch ups, which I usually have to do about every other day.
As far as mopping, I just use hot water and mop like normal, then every other week or so I use a spray called Bruce. It’s the kind that you spray, then mop. That’s just to condition the floor and keep it all shiny.
Post # 6
We have engineered hardwood on part of our ground floor. Hoping we can expand that to the rest of the ground floor someday. Anyway, we also have a dog and have to deal with the grit and hair tumbleweeds. I usually mop the floors every 2-3 weeks depending on how much the floors need it. We really like Murphy’s floor cleaner and will dilute that in a bucket with hot water. Our mop is just a regular rag mop, nothing fancy. In between moppings, I use the swifter and vacuum to keep things tidy.
Post # 7
I got a reusable microfiber mop. It is bigger than the Swiffers and you can use them wet or dry. I throw them in the wash. Love them. I also use Bona every few weeks. My floors are 8 years old and look like new.
Post # 8
I vaccum, swiffer… put the little soft sticky pads on the feet of all your chairs, couches etc. Try not to drag heavy things across that will scratch it.
But if you do make a mistake, don’t fret. If you ever wanted to sell the place, you can have hardwood floors sanded and refinished if they do really look like sh*t which I doubt you could ever do that much damage to them!
We made the mistake, however, of doing bamboo flooring in one of the bedrooms, and my husbands sister was staying there and totally WRECKED THE FLOORS. Her makeup chair scratched so deep into them, it was ridiculous. And the think about bamboo is you can’t sand it, it will splinter.
Post # 9
We have hardwood and my mom swears by a mixture of a little dawn dish soap, some vinegar and hot water. We have been living in the house for less than a month and I’ve made this mixture twice (about to use it again tonight!) and scrubbed the floors on my hands and knees and they look super sparkly. We have a matte finish on our floors, and they are light in color. I have a very fluffy, HUGE cat who leaves long hair and litter around, and a 26 year old husband who leaves crumbs, sand, etc etc. 🙂 🙂
Post # 10
We have hardwood floors and a corgi puppy who sheds a decent amount. We recently got a iRobot Roomba and it is amazing – just turn it on and let it go!