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post #1 of 23
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but what do you mop your floors with? I'm spring cleaning today and my new fangled 'mop' is rubbish. What do you use to clean your floors? and what products do you use to do it?
post #2 of 23
I get down on my poor hands and knees and scrub with a cloth. I use Tesco floor cleaning stuff, I just put a cap full in the sink with hot water and I'm off. I hate it lol.
post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by Pombina
I get down on my poor hands and knees and scrub with a cloth. I use Tesco floor cleaning stuff, I just put a cap full in the sink with hot water and I'm off. I hate it lol.
I bet I bet it gets cleaner that way though than all these gadgets you can buy that promise this, that and the other The 'thing' I bought is just so flimsy and bendy. It never gets tough marks up like bloomin welded on manky cat food
post #4 of 23
Exactly, I used to mop but you can't get the pasta sauce or all the other cr*p that Mark spills up after it's gone hard. Bit of elbow grease does the trick!
post #5 of 23
We use Vileda Twist mops. And I use just bleach and water, I lock the kitties up until the floors are good and dry though. Otherwise they try to lick the floor, and thats no good.

I don't know if they have Vileda in England.. but they are very good mops! We used them for the shelter as well, and one mop would last us a week before we had to change the head. And the entire place was mopped at least twice daily, on cruddy cement floors, scraping up poopy messes. Every other mop surrendered before the vileda did
post #6 of 23
When i lived at my old house, i bought this hard brush like the bristles are really hard, most people use this method and it works alot better, you get a floor cloth and a pair of gloves, fill up the bucket with water and a cap of floor cleaning stuff, dip in the cloth and chuck it on the floor
use the hard brush and it gets dirt and hard things off very quickly, i wish i didnt leave my brush there, i really became attached to it
post #7 of 23
Actually.....I use Windex window cleaner and a sponge mop. (A cloth for around baseboards and anywhere the mop won`t reach.)
About once a month I use a little bleachy water to do the bathroom/laundry floor, as that is where the litter box is. (My boys have to be locked out till it`s dry too...or they do the same thing. What is it about cats and bleach anyway?)
I prob should add that all my floors are hardwood except for the linoleum in the bathroom. Only the bedrooms are carpeted. (Should have laid hardwood in them too!)
Linda
post #8 of 23
hmm whats the best way to wash hardwood floor?
post #9 of 23
I use ammonia and water. IMO it cleans my floor better than anyhing else. Every couple of weeks I get down on my hands and knees and scrub it. In between I use my Starmop. It does an awesome job!
post #10 of 23
Swiffer Wet Jet for hardwoods during just a regular cleaning, but when I really want to clean like crazy and make sure everything is really good, I just get out the old mop and Lysol cleaner.
post #11 of 23
I use a regular mop, and just those scented cleaners, and some chlorine.
post #12 of 23
I have a Bissell Flip-It, which dry vacs, mops and squeegees the floor. MUCH easier on my back! It isn't good, along baseboards and for those I have a long-handled brush.
post #13 of 23
A Vileda, though I'd love to have one of those starfiber mobs. I use a natural liquid pine soap: It's pet safe, environment friendly, I love the smell, it's a traditional product, so no animal testing at least in the last 50 years and IMO it's very effective. I do most of my cleaning with pine soap and vinegar for environmental and animal friendly reasons.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by fwan
hmm whats the best way to wash hardwood floor?
Depends on the type of floor/finish. My MIL has to use a special cleaner on hers. I have to use plain water on ours. (I've tried multiple other things, but NOTHING does as good a job as plain water. Write that down in the annals of weird-but-true.) I don't scrub by hand, though. I've got this nifty mop that you squeeze out by twisting the end round the handle with a special grip. Hard to explain, but easy to use.

For our tile (bathrooms, etc.), I use the Swiffer Wet Jet with an occasional hand scrub for the hard-to-reach places. Go go gadget Swiffer!
post #15 of 23
I've heard you shouldn't use anything but plain water on hardwood floors.

My floors are tiled in a rough pattern which everything sticks to. To really clean them properly I'd have to get down on my hands and knees. But instead I just use a yaught mop and Zep cleaner.
I've got a Swiffer, but it can't handle non-smooth floors.
post #16 of 23
Okay, so I heard a while back that the Swiffer solution contains anti-freeze, which can be harmful to pets if they lick their paws after they walk on it. Has anyone else heard this, and is there anything to it?
post #17 of 23
I thought that story was just one of those myths that circulate so easily on the net these days. Surely such a large company would be too afraid of lawsuits to be messing around with the health of pets and kids like that?
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by pushylady
I thought that story was just one of those myths that circulate so easily on the net these days. Surely such a large company would be too afraid of lawsuits to be messing around with the health of pets and kids like that?
It is a myth.

I have a hoover watcha ma call it that works pretty well. I have so many muddy paws around here that I'm not gonna bust my butt to clean the floors only to have them muddied up in less than an hour.
post #19 of 23
Yup, that antifreeze thing is a complete myth.

Speaking of cleaning, we have company coming this afternoon, and the cats are making me INSANE. They want to play with the broom, the feather duster, the paper towels, the swept-up piles of stuff ... AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by fwan
hmm whats the best way to wash hardwood floor?
I used to use Murphy's Oil Soap-I love the smell of that stuff!
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by Me-n-my guys
I used to use Murphy's Oil Soap-I love the smell of that stuff!
I wonder if we get that here in germany
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by fwan
I wonder if we get that here in germany
You never know...maybe you can find it online. I found a link for the product, I hope this helps!
http://www.colgate.com/app/MurphyOilSoap/US/Home.cvsp
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by fwan
I wonder if we get that here in germany
Try "Kernseife". You could also try "Frosch" brand.
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