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Eliza Doolittle's picture
Eliza Doolittle

We have manufactured hardwood floors in most of the areas of our condo. I use my Swiffer vac every day to keep the dust at bay. I'm horrified to see the amount of dirt on those pads!:eek: Where does it all come from?!!!!

So, my question is: Dusting is one thing but those floors need a [I]real [/I]clean up and the manufacturer says "no damp mopping."

I've been using a Canadian spray product (environmentally friendly) called [B]TrafficMaster [/B]hardwood & laminate floor cleaner. I think I got it at Home Depot. It certainly doesn't clean spots off the floors like a damp mop! I rarely use it. It requires real scrubbing to totally remove spots.

What are you using that you are really thrilled with?

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Hali55's picture
Hali55

I also use the blue microfibre mop that was posted above... I have 4 pads and just throw them in the washer after using.

We have espresso-coloured hardwood, so every speck of dust shows!! I used the mop with a dry pad a couple of times a week just to pick up the really obvious specks (like the carpet 'fuzz' from the stairs) and then use the wet mop once a week to really clean. I just use water, no cleaning product or vinegar. They look pretty good and it's been 2 years.

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sunbunny

Sorry, I haven't heard of TrafficMaster but I will check around. Yes I am in Canada.

Eliza Doolittle's picture
Eliza Doolittle

sunbunny;228082 wrote:
The hardwood floor companies we deal with put out private label brands of cleaner and kits (which come with cleaner and mop) The mop is a microfibre cover. Machine wash, air dry. Avoid fabric softener and bounce type sheets if you do put it in the dryer. I have customers coming back telling me they love the cleaning solutions they buy at our store. Some have tried the grocery store brands but have not liked the results. Mirage, Vintage, Torlys....they are all great brands. Oh, it is fine to use a squeezed out damp cloth but not recommended to use vinegar and water. Happy cleaning.
Have you heard of this TrafficMaster I bought? The guy at Home Depot thought it was good. Can you ask someone where you work if they've ever heard of TrafficMaster ? Are you in Canada?

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sunbunny

I work for a hardwood floor company and recommend that you follow the manufacturers cleaning instructions. Buy the cleaner from a reputable hardwood floor store not the grocery store. You don't need much of the cleaner, a little goes a long way. The hardwood floor companies we deal with put out private label brands of cleaner and kits (which come with cleaner and mop) The mop is a microfibre cover. Machine wash, air dry. Avoid fabric softener and bounce type sheets if you do put it in the dryer. I have customers coming back telling me they love the cleaning solutions they buy at our store. Some have tried the grocery store brands but have not liked the results. Mirage, Vintage, Torlys....they are all great brands. Oh, it is fine to use a squeezed out damp cloth but not recommended to use vinegar and water. Happy cleaning.

Eliza Doolittle's picture
Eliza Doolittle

poorgirl;228055 wrote:
I also use the mop with the removable pad shown in the previous thread. I bought this at the 400 flee market, it came with 3 replacement pads. I only use water on the floors and i make sure that when I wash the pads they do not go in the load that has downy softner in it. I found that if it was washed with softner then it would leave a film on the floor. So only water for me.
Thanks for that tip. I will remember it.

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Eliza Doolittle

dustbunnydiva;228024 wrote:
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Meanwhile I wanted to warn you about swiffers. The problem is they have a relatively solid head on them only covered by a thin cloth/paper. If a little bit of gravel or hard bit gets caught you can scratch your floor. The microfiber mops are plusher so you'd have to have a rock stuck to have the same issue.

I use two Swiffer vacs. They are fabulous. I'm not too concerned about scratching. The vac picks up any dirt.

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Eliza Doolittle

Y'know, I used nothing but vinegar and water on my floors for years. I had Pergo installed in the kitchen. I started out using a special spray and it just made a mess of my floors. I called Pergo. I was told to use nothing but vinegar and water. My floors were always nice. I don't see why I can't just continue that process. I always wring the pads nearly dry. I use Vileda pads.

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PaintbrushPatty

I use the same device as DBD and it works really well on those harder spots. (Like under our son's dining chair!:p)

I actually immerse the microfiber pad into warm water and murphy's oil soap, ring out by hand and then re-attach to my mop. Messy, but it works for me.

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