The Best Way To Clean Hardwood Floors

Do you guys know the best way to clean hardwood floors? Apparently I have been living under a rock. For real. For the past 5 years every place J and I have lived in have had hardwood floors. Even our first apartment had them. And guess what? I have been going about cleaning them all wrong

I don’t mind cleaning in general, but when it came to cleaning the floors, I loathed it. I used to make J clean them every week, because I hated it so much. Then we had Bray and I was home a lot more and decided I would take over all the cleaning. It would seriously take me an hour or more to clean the floors in our old house, and this house is almost double the size. Shoot me now! My old method was 1:vacuum all the wood 2:clean it all with Bona Hardwood cleaner {which is still the best cleaner out there in my opinion}. It took forever!

clean hardwood floor

Luckily I have a girlfriend who is not only obsessed with keeping her own house clean, she also cleans other friends homes sometimes…so she’s what I like to call an expert:) I picked her brain for the best way to clean certain places/things in a home and she rocked my world. Let me introduce you to my new best friend:

Whats that? You all already use this?! Well I didn’t, and now my hatred for cleaning the hardwood floors is gone. This handy thing is a microfiber floor duster. I got mine at Target, but cant find a link online, so heres a similar one. Let me just tell you the ways I love this little guy: It attracts dirt, dust, dog hair, whatever..so well. Everything sticks to it. The base is totally bendable so you can easily clean the floor and have it bent to clean the baseboards at the same time. Yep, thats a game changer. What do I hate more than cleaning floors? Cleaning baseboards! The best part of this though was the fact that I cleaned my whole downstairs and upstairs in under 10 minutes. With the vacuum that would have taken me at least 40 minutes. I simply swiveled it around and created a big pile, vacuumed it up, and vacuum the rugs after. When finished simply toss it in your washing machine, most last for about 50 washes! Or if your extra lazy and your house is pretty clean {usually those two don’t go together, do they?!} you can use the pad a few times before washing.

So- heres my two cents on easiest way to clean hardwood floors, and I don’t see my opinion changing any time soon: 1: Clean with the microfiber duster 2: Clean with the Bona Hardwood cleaner. Yes, you can totally buy the microfiber pad for your Bona cleaner, but that base doesn’t bend in order to clean baseboards. Which means you need to bend down and continue to clean those bad boys by hand..and whose got time for that?!

Now tell me, do you guys out there have other little tricks up your sleeves that you’ve been hiding from me? I am now determined to find out the easiest and fastest way to clean my house!

And if you are looking for another cleaning gadget that you will be obsessed with- check out our review on the iRobot Roomba. That thing is my life saver with two kids and two dogs!

Comments

  1. says

    Boom! Love this idea! We mostly hardwoods too, and combined with 2 dogs, 2 cats and a baby on the way, I HATE sweeping, then vacuuming, THEN bona! I usually use the Shark steak mop on the floors for heavy duty cleaning, but this new microfiber job is going to save the headache of sweeping! LOVE! Thank you Adri, another brilliant idea!

  2. says

    I use Norwex products for ALL of my cleaning, washing floors, cleaning bathrooms, dusting. Their (antibacterial) microfiber cloths work with just water. They also have a mop system, which is seriously amazing, go over floors once with the dry mop pad, then once with the wet mop pad. Seriously, their products are amazing. I don’t need to use any cleansers. Just water and my microfiber! You should check it out!

  3. says

    Wait, I thought you had a roomba…so with a roomba you still have to sweep once a week? I wanted to buy a roomba but if it doesn’t really help cut back on the sweeping.

  4. says

    I was going to ask about the roomba too. I found your blog searching for roomba reviews. I have a chihuahua who sheds what seems twice her weight in hair daily. It’s awful and I just can’t keep up. So, after having it a while, do you still feel like it’s worth the investment?

  5. Lois R says

    Great tip. I have another one for you. I take a microfiber mop and run it on my walls. It’s a great way to keep the walls dusted and the spiders out. It’s so easy! ; )

  6. Ladybug says

    I love the microfiber duster for baseboards, ceiling fans, door jambs, windowsills, and tile floors in the bath. We take our shoes off at the door, and most guests do without me saying a word. I sweep every day and then vacuum once a week. I’d rather do that than step on squidgies and pokies as I walk around. But, I have to run the vacuum because the sand from school/park/yard gets in the grooves and the microfiber and doesn’t pick it all up.
    (Sweeping and vacuuming give me an excuse to listen to the Dixie Chicks at full volume.)

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