12 Quick Question: Hardwood Housekeeping

>> Friday, July 30, 2010

I know that I’m not alone in my never-ending love affair with hardwood floors. Honey stained strips, espresso planks—all are fabulous in my book. What’s not so fabulous is the struggle to keep them clean. In this neck of the woods, with four little ones parading around the house, tumbleweeds lurk around every corner.

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Needless to say, the dust buster has become this zoo keeper’s partner in cleaning crime.

Alright fellow hardwood worshipers, spill your cleaning guts. Muddy feet from the kiddos making you want to pull your hair out? 

Dust bunnies uniting under the sofa? How do you keep your floors spotless?



Brenda,  July 30, 2010 at 9:28 AM  

A couple or years back as one of my birthday gifts my husband had a housekeeper come over and deep clean our house. She used vinegar and water to clean the hardwood floors in our downstairs and I had never seen them look so spotless. I've been using vinegar ever since and have been happy with it.

Laura J,  July 30, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

I just moved into a house that has hardwood floors. I have never lived in a house with wood floors before but I really like them. I just use the swiffer a few times a week to sweep but it is just me so they do not ever get very dirty.

But I woula love some tips!

Darby,  July 30, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

What cutie pies!

Anna Kaye,  July 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

I have the swiffer sweeper vac and keep that baby plugged in charging at all times...It helps keep long shih tzu hair and feathers in check!

Crazy Wienerdog Lady July 30, 2010 at 11:33 AM  

I found that the 5x8 area rug is your best friend because it keeps the dust quotient down exponentially. I sweep, suck that up with the ol' dustbuster, swiffer, then I have a spray bottle of vinegar and water that I mist on the floor and "mop" with a dry swiffer cloth. The floors feel so clean and you don't have to worry about cleaning with someone that will hurt the little ones because it's all natural! :)

Cara @ Live the Home Life July 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

Great tips friends!

Brenda, I gotta tell you. A vinegar/water combo is the only thing I've found that gets sheetrock dust from remodeling off of hardwood floors. Don't be fooled by the swiffer wet jet for this task.

Laura, I have no doubt that you will be spoiled by the beauty of wood floors in no time :)

Thanks, Darby!

Anna Kaye, I know you have some major tumbleweeds on your hands with those three girls!

CWL, good point! We don't want to harm our furry friends.


Cindy @The Flipping Couple July 30, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

Well, "spotless" is probably generous, but here's my regimine:

Dustbust my pile o'crap
Wash with water and a microfiber mop

Our Roomba is temporarily out of commission, otherwise we run him every other day or so. I want to give the vinegar a shot, though!

Cara @ Live the Home Life July 30, 2010 at 1:31 PM  

Cindy, that sounds like my routine when I want my floors seriously tidy. I do usually add a splash or two of vinegar. Try it and you'll never look back.

Oh man, what I would give for a Roomba...


Wendy,  July 30, 2010 at 2:56 PM  

I like the swiffer vac too. I only have one small cat but she has the longest furr!

Emily Richardson July 30, 2010 at 6:08 PM  

If you find the million dollar answer to this PLEASE let me know! I was extremely disappointed with my swiffer- sweeper and mop! (actually sold them both in a garage sale) It worked for a time, but then it just started pushing everything around and not really picking anything up. My floor routine is sweep and then dust bust it up. I love the Shark to mop with. Just water and the pads are washable. I had a hippie/ green/ environmental (or whatever you want to call it) complex about throwing all of those swiffer wipes away. Especially with animals- I went through about 4 or 5 just to get a decent clean!

Anonymous,  August 2, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

We purchased the Dyson Animal Cordless Hand Vac and that things is AMAZING... We've got two dogs and a long haired cat, there's no way I'd be able to keep up with all the hair if I didn't have it. It sucks up the little dust bunnies and has several attachments that can get into every nook and cranny. It's also helpful if I've been slacking off on vacuuming those little buggers up and we have unexpected company. A quick walk through with the Dyson, lighting a candle... viola! You're faking a clean house!

Cara @ Live the Home Life August 3, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

Emily, it sounds like Jenn's got it down!

Jenn, it sounds like your pet hair troubles mirror mine. Thanks for the heads up on the Dyson hand vac!


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