Since this is a homemaking blog, I thought it would make sense to actually post about homemaking every now and then! I would like to occasionally show some things I use for homemaking.
So in order to do that, today I will show you the tools I use to maintain the wood floors in our home.
We live in a 1940s farmhouse with hardwood floors throughout. Not one bit of carpet. Our previous home was built in the early 80s, so had lots of carpet. When we moved here I had no idea how to take care of wood floors. I also never realized how much dust was accumulating on all that carpet until I saw first hand the dust bunnies that were dancing around on the wooden floors!
Here you have it. A broom, a dust mop, a flat mop with removable, washable cover and a small vacuum. The small shop vac is only used for sucking out the dryer vent and vacuuming off the A/C/Heater return thingie and things like that.
The little yellow vac is my main squeeze for floor cleaning. I have had this one for years and used it for the few non-carpet floors in our previous home. If I clean out the filter before vacuuming and then check it afterwards, I am always amazed at all the dust, etc. that it picks up. I don't understand where it all comes from, but the proof is in the pudding.
After a quick vacuum I will go around everything quickly with the dust mop. It allows me to get the edges and under things without having to move all the furniture. Of course if I was doing a more thorough cleaning I would move furniture, etc.
After dust mopping, I can shake it outside and see even more dust bunnies that have been removed. This one isn't too big and swivels every which way. You can get the floor boards, under beds and all kinds of nooks and crannies with it.
I only recently started using a dust mop and I don't know how I ever got along without it.
The flat head mop is used in conjunction with a spray bottle of cleaning solution made specifically for wood floors. You just spray a little on the floor and mop. When finished, the removable cover is laundered in the washing machine.
Keeping the floors free of dust bunnies is a nonstop job. I'm afraid I don't stay on top of it as I should. I wear socks in the house in the winter time and if you saw the bottoms of my feet you would not be impressed with my homemaking skills!
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