Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Weigh-in Wednesday: Cleaning Hard Floors

After moving into a home with primarily hard wood floors for the first time, I truly miss carpet! Sure, wood floors are attractive, but when you have an 80 pound yellow lab that sheds, they are a nightmare! Vacuuming carpeted floors is SO much easier than sweeping and mopping hard floors.

My only experience with a traditional mop was in the Navy. As an Operations Specialist, whose job is pretty unessential when the ship is in port, I swabbed the deck quite a bit. I found the mops to be absolutely disgusting and vowed to never use one again.

I put my swabbing days behind me and bought a Swiffer Wet Jet. Let me first say, I obviously always sweep before I mop. I used the Swiffer in my home in Great Lakes, where I had laminent flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms and tile in the basement. It did ok. It always seemed to leave a bit of a film behind and wasn't great at getting dried up little messes off the floor, but I never felt like trying anything new. If something stuck I would just resort to a brillo pad.

Now, in the new house with the wood floors, I just couldn't stand the film left behind by the swiffer. I decided to try a steam mop. I'm pleased with it. The steam sanitizes and certainly breaks up dried messes better than the swiffer. I have the SteamFast Floor Steam Mop, which I think is very reasonably priced, and as I said, I am happy with it.

What do you use to clean your hard flooring? Why do you like it? Did you try anything in the past that didn't meet your expectations?


2 comments:

  1. Stefanie GustafsonMarch 3, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    When we moved to Guam we have all tile floors. What a nightmare with a chocolate lab. I too bought a steam mop, a Bissel since it had the best reviews. I still vacuum the floors daily and the steam mop works pretty decent. I'm ready for carpet again though!

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  2. I vacuum everyday and always before i mop. My yellow lab too sheds soo much to make another dog. I use a swiffer wet jet for in between mops and the shark pocket steam mop for the real mopping days.

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