How I clean my floors- part 17

When we first stepped foot into this house about 2 and a half years ago, one of the things that wowed us right away were the gorgeous wood floors. All of the floors (minus the stairs and kitchen) are beautiful newly refinished wood, and to this day it is one of my favorite things about this house.

BUT, it is also one of the things that has been a huge challenge in this house- and I have written about it several times before. Keeping these floors clean is so hard! I think when you have carpet, some of the ickyness is sort of hidden (which is gross in it's own way). But when you have wood floors- the dust and crumbs and dirt show ALL of the time. Plus our floor plan is a strange split level situation, so when you are going up and down the stairs you can see just how dusty the floor is when the light hits it just right. I've tried lots of approaches, and will probably continue to try lots of approaches- but I have to share my latest love. It has sped up my floor cleaning routine tremendously- and for some strange reason I think it's super fun to use- so that makes me want to clean our floors more often.

Introducing the Shark Steam Mop! My Aunt has one of these and raved about it last Thanksgiving- but after I read some reviews online I dragged my feet on buying it since it's kind of expensive. Some people say that it leaves streaks on their floor- and our wood is super shiny heavily polyurethaned- so I wasn't sure how it would work. But I haven't really tried anything else that works, at least nothing that doesn't take me all day to mop the entire house, so I finally splurged and bought it. I'm happy to report- no streaking! I seriously love it. I bought the more expensive professional model because we have a lot of surface area and it's pretty dirty on a regular basis.

It cleans the floor by steaming it, using an internal water chamber that you fill right before you use it, so you don't have to lug a bucket of water around with you. You just need to plug it in like you would with a vacuum. The only complaint I have about it is that if you have a real truly dried up crusty spill- it takes more effort that I thought it would to get it up with this mop. Even on the highest setting, I would say that this mop is more of a highly effective dust mop, than a heavy duty scrubber. But- like I said, it's speeding up my mopping process, which makes me mop more often, which should theoretically lead to cleaner floors in the first place. I really do love it. And because you know I have nothing to hide- I have to show you how much grime it picks up! Ewwwww.

I also bought a few extra replacement microfiber mop pads so I can do the entire hours (or most of it anyway) before throwing the set in the wash. I like these with the little scrubbers, it's like mopping with a mini shag rug. I usually use a fresh pad for each room of the house.

My floors still need a quick sweep or vacuum first, but the actual mopping process is so much quicker that it's all definitely happening more often than it used to. Hooray for shiny clean floors! It's the little things....


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