Post # 1
Inspired by today’s ‘least favorite chore’ post – I desperately need advice on how to clean my floors! I have hard wood floors throughout the house and my current swiffer plan has not worked well. I’ve tried orange oil stuff, mopping… i just can’t seem to get the floors clean!
Any advice on what works best? (Mop/Device, method and cleaning solution, please!)
Post # 3
I haven’t tried it yet, but a friend just told me last week about something called Minwax Hardwood Floor Reviver. She said she vacuumed her floor then spread it all over her floor with a mop and let it dry and her floor are shiny now, almost like new.
I looked it up online and it has some good reviews…BUT it is only for older, worn, hardwood floors. It is not designed for newer pre-treated hardwood floors and can ruin the finish on them.
I plan to try it…eventually. I just am not looking forward to moving all of my furniture to do it.
Post # 4
I’m addicted to steam mopping. It’s so warm and my feet are always cold… haha, plus it gives the floors an awesome shine.
Post # 5
I think the mopping solution does depend on whether your floors are older or new, but I think all hardwood floors need pretty consistent sweeping. Having doormats really cuts down on what comes in the house. I usually sweep my floors 2-3 times a week. After sweeping I either use a dry swiffer to pick up anything left behind or I use a handheld vaccuum to clean around the baseboards.
Post # 6
I also love my Shark Steam mop!
Post # 7
Wow – I had no idea I could steam mop hardwood floors…. learn something new every day!
@riley jane: I think they are fairly old with a pretty decent coating on them…. not sure… but they are ‘actual’ wood – and not compressed wood, etc.
Post # 8
I sweep very frequently and then just use a dilute vinegar solution with a spongey mop on the floor. Vinegar kills germs and is gentle on wood floors. If you don’t like the smell, you can add a little essential oil to it.
Post # 9
My problem is that our hardwood floors in our apartment are so old that the gaps between the planks are massive, in some places almost half an inch!
I actually am a little worried about mopping because the water will go right through the planks in some places – maybe steam mopping instead?
Which steam moppers do you have?
Post # 10
Murphy’s Oil or Pine Sol with warm water seems to work best for us. Swiffers are almost impossible to use in our house because was soon as a piece of dog hair gets on it, it doesnt work anymore.
Post # 11
Also – silly question – but, how often do you mop?
Post # 12
WINDEX AND A RAG! Seriously….I have hard wood throughout my entire home. I have used everything & it always looked like a film over it. Well, every week I get on my hands & knees with clean rags and windex. I spray it directly on the hardwood and scrub/wipe. They come so clean and they stay that way for a while! (Meaning you won’t get annoying foot prints all over them like you do after you use something like mop & glo or whatever.) It’s a pain in the ass, but it definitely works for me. 🙂 I got the tip from the people who installed the flooring.
Post # 13
I’m also a fan of vinegar and water. It smells for a little, but it makes them look so good and its cheap! We do ours every other week, but we have no kids or pets. We are hoping to get a dog soon so I’m sure it will turn into a weekly thing.