Weekly Household Quick Tip

1
Apr
2013


Tips for tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner:

Dust/vacuum floors

I love my hardwood floors, in fact – I cannot wait until we can replace the carpeting in our home with additional hardwood flooring!  With kids, dogs and just plain messy people, it makes life easier.

With the ease of hardwood floors, comes some special cleaning.  You certainly do not want to just use a typical harsh floor cleaner on them – you would regret it for sure.

Here are some tips that I’ve found helpful over the years:

  • Use a soft bristle broom when sweeping the wood floors.
  • When vacuuming, ensure that the beater brush is not used.  My Dyson Animal makes it easy to turn off and vacuum my hardwoods.  If you use the beater brush, you will run the risk of scratching the floors.
  • Immediately clean up any spills using a soft towel. Then dry. Water is an enemy of hardwood floors.
  • If your floors are covered with polyurethane, use a very dry damp mop for cleaning.
  • Use carpet runners in areas where there is a lot of traffic and in front of doors to trap excess dirt and moisture.

Weekly Cleaning:

If you’re happy to damp mop with straight water, try adding about 10 drops of essential oil per gallon of water for extra cleaning muscle. Some suggestions: lavender, tea tree oil, pine or eucalyptus oil will add great cleaning qualities.  I especially like lemon or purification – thieves is also a good one.

If you prefer to use vinegar in your damp mopping, add 1 cup with a gallon of water.  I do this usually once a month to add an extra bit of power.

I am a bit old fashioned, because I still get down on my hands and knees to clean my floors, no mops and swiffers for me!  I just like getting my hands into the action and I like wringing the rag out so that it is just damp, not wet.  Again, water is not your friend on hardwoods!

What tips have helped you manage your hardwood flooring?

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  • lara

    Hi there

    I would also like to put in hardwood floors but worry when you talk about they dont like water as we seem to spill, play ,track in wet feet etc in our house all the time. What happens to hardwood floors with water?

  • If allowed to sit and seep in, the wood swells, it gets damaged and it a nightmare! We have a spot that will need to be re-done in our floors from where our dog bowls once sat and water kept getting under the bowls and we didn’t notice. You just need to be aware 🙂

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