It’s been a while! Work on the house has been crawling along very slowly lately, as I focus on taking care of Tristan and working on business development for Bel Joeor Metier. What I have been doing a lot of is cleaning: really deep cleaning, like the other day I went after the toaster oven with a toothpick.
Earlier this week, I did the master bedroom floor, which of all the exposed wood floors in the house gets the most traffic. As we hopefully will be ripping up more carpet in the near future, I wanted to ask those of you who have wood floors how you take care of them.
bedroom floors when we first uncovered them ❤
My regular routine is a tiered one. On a more regular basis, I vacuum, just to take care of the endless drifts of cat hair. When I want to dig in a little more, I’ll use a dry swiffer after vacuuming to get the last little bits of dust.
What I did to the bedroom is something I do maybe every six months, but feel like maybe I should do more? I start by getting everything up off the floor, and then vacuum. Then dry swiffer.
Then I do a round of mopping, and in this I use Murphy’s Oil Soap, diluted in warm water. I scrub any spots that seem especially dirty, and I only do maybe 3 square feet at a time, rinsing out the mop in between. I use just a plain old sponge mop.
Then I leave that to air-dry, which usually doesn’t take too long – I don’t put a lot of liquid down, and am careful to wring the mop out. I use that time to clean out the mop quite thoroughly, and usually go do another chore.
Once the floor is dry from that, I use the damp clean mop and do a polishing agent – lately it’s been Orange Glo 4-in-1, but I’ll be honest: I picked that after reading all the ones at the grocery store and that one seemed like it would do the most good for the best price. I haven’t been unhappy with it – but I am always curious if something would work better.
The whole process takes about two hours. I adore the hardwood floors, and want to keep them in as good shape as I possibly can, so I work pretty hard at this. I can’t shake the feeling, though, (major insight into my brain coming) that I’m not working as hard or as smart as I could be.
If you have hardwood floors, how do you care for them? Especially interested in hearing from people who have one or any of the following factors: old houses, absentminded husbands/partners, pets.