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24 April 2011 @ 09:33 pm
ask lj:house keeping  
What is your favorite method/device for keeping hard floors grit free?

What about for washing them?

Be detailed. "mop" is a large category.
mathhobbitmathhobbit on April 25th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
First, I try not to track stuff onto the floors. The throw rugs between the litter box and the living room help a lot. (Assuming I vacuum them often enough that they're not saturated with litter.)

I sweep more often than I mop, but not very often.

I mop with Murphy's Oil Soap and warm water. I'm currently using a sponge mop with a little dingus about 1/3 of the way up from the floor that I frob to wring it out, but I'd probably be just as happy with a "hard surface cleaner" or other non-disposable sponge like thing at the end of a stick. I don't think I'd use a rag mop, because I don't want puddles.
The Water Seekerplymouth on April 25th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Vacuum. With my awesome canister vac that has lot of nifty bare-floor attachments.

One of those self-squeegeeing sponge mops. With some sort of generic dilutable cleaner in a bucket.
Lianafyfer on April 25th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
For the kitchen, a regular broom, every few days.

For places that get dust but not large particles (like food), a dust mop (looks like a big yarn wig) much less often.

Once in a blue moon I wash the floor with a little bit of Murphy's.

My floor is usually a little gritty.
Karl Rammkcr on April 25th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
I'll second the dust mop.
blk: houseblk on April 25th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Discourage shoes inside the house. Run the roomba as often as I can manage (which these days I'm doing great if it's once a week). Sweep or dust mop the really bad areas (kitchen) when I can't stand it (usually at least once a week).
Camilla Foxcfox on April 25th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
I first sweep with a synthetic bristle broom, then mop with a twist-mop (string, with a ratcheting thing so I can wring it out against itself) and Simple Green or Pine Sol in hot water. I usually use the kitchen sink as my container. In between, I spot clean with a microfiber rag and any of Lysol, Pine Sol, Simple Green or washing up liquid.

The cleaners I hire use a vacuum cleaner, then a more streamlined sponge-on-a-stick type mop. I would not keep up at all without them doing it, but I feel like their mop does not in fact address anything that's really glued on.

I have a much larger than normal amount of dirt to contend with, given children plus dog. What's left after the dog has licked up spilled food is likely to be well glued down.
Camilla Foxcfox on April 25th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)