Clean floors are an important part of a clean household.
Dirty floors can be hard to walk on, sticky -- and they can make the rest of your house dirtier if you don't take the proper care of them.
Today I want to share four things to do to make sure you're doing regular maintenance & cleaning on your floors!
1. Make your OWN cleaner.
Did you know that some brands of floor cleaner can make your floors dirtier than cleaner? Some of them leave so much residue that you have to scrub off.
Personally, I make my own floor cleaner with baking soda or vinegar. It's very economical, green and it's great for our floors.
2. Use a robot.
Yup, we have finally gotten to the stage where we are like Ms Jetson. We have found that having a robotic vacuum has been very helpful to us and our floors.
You might be wondering WHY a robotic vacuum can be helpful?
- They are set with tiny arms that really get into the corners of areas. That is just an area I didn't get well before, so I love that!
- Rain or shine, they do it on the schedule you program (make sure you get one that can be programmed).
- They are great at getting under low furniture. Areas that hadn't seen a broom in years are now dust-free. Horray!
Of course, there are so downsides:
- You still have to empty the dirt cup
- You do need to perform regular maintenance like cleaning the filters and brushes off
- They really only do last a few years as they get so much use -- so that is something to consider!
I have found having a robotic vacuum to be my #1 help in cleaning floors at our home.
I had always wondered if it would be worthwhile, but I have certainly found it to be helpful and worth the cost.
3. Get the right product!
We have tile floors, we live in Arizona so it makes sense.
But, if you have flooring that just isn't working (we had HORRIBLE vinyl a few years ago in a different house) check to see how much it would be to replace it, and consider making a change. If it never is getting clean due to scratches, etc it might surprise you how easy it can be replaced.
Of course, I am so nervous to replace carpet I am not sure if it will EVER happen around our house now. :)
4. Don't forget the grout!
Cleaning your grout can easily be forgotten, but once a year I try to have our kids clean the grout in our tile. I usually assign small spots over a month or so, so that they can easily complete it.
Sometimes -- when they were little I even used masking tape to show them the area I needed done.
Using old toothbrushes, or dish brushes can be an easy way to make sure the grout gets done.
It is a GREAT job for kids. It's very straightforward and you can see what has been done or not done.
I hope these four tips prove helpful in your quest for clean floors.
Don't forget that the time you spending cleaning your floors is well worthwhile.