What's the best way to care for my floors?

Real Mom Problem

“As clean as I try to keep my floors, I can tell from the brown marks at the bottom of my kids' socks they're still so dirty! What do you use on your floor?”

by darrensmom11 darrensmom11

Quick Tips

  • 1. Always vacuum or sweep before mopping to remove any dirt particles that might scratch your floor
  • 2. When mopping, always wring the mop or rag out well so it's not sopping; too much moisture can ruin floors (you can also use a towel or rag to dry floors as you go)
  • 3. Consider investing in a good steam mop for tile and vinyl floors
  • 4. Try to keep a no-shoes policy in your home so less dirt is tracked in

Real Mom Solutions

Keeping your floors clean is important when you have kids playing and walking on them. But what's the best way to care for them? These moms have some great tips for you.

Becky Becky

Our Expert Mom Says...

When caring for your floors, it's important to vacuum first, and then wash them. This ensures that there's no dirt on the surface that will scratch your floors as you mop. Washing your floors on a weekly basis will ensure that dirt doesn't build up and it makes keeping them clean a little bit easier. I take care to make sure that I am using gentle, family-friendly cleaners when I wash our floors. Why? My kids are always on the floor playing, drawing, and rolling around, and I want to make sure that they stay clean and they aren't coming in contact with any chemicals.

I keep my floor-washing tools to a minimum: a Black & Decker Steam Mop for my tile and vinyl floors, and a spray mop or microfiber cloth for my hardwood floors. I love that the steam mop is so easy to set up, the floor dries quickly, and it sanitizes with only water.

To wash my hardwood floors, I just put a couple tablespoons of white vinegar, 16 ounces of warm water, and a couple drops of essential oils (I like lemon and clove) in my Rubbbermaid Spray Mop bottle, and I spray and mop away!

If my floors are really dirty or I feel like putting a little more effort into it, I will mix up a small bucket of the same cleaner (the correct ratio of water to white vinegar is a half cup of white vinegar to one gallon of warm/hot water). Be careful to not get hardwood floors too wet; I use a microfiber cloth that is thoroughly wrung out to hand wash my floors. I am not a fan of the pickle-y smell of vinegar, but with a drop or two of essential oil, the smell is tolerable, and it dissipates within minutes.

Becky, aka Clean Mama, is a cleaning expert, list maker, wife, and busy mom to three little ones. She blogs at Clean Mama where she talks about all things clean and organized and she has a successful Etsy shop, Clean Mama Printables, where she helps others make lists, organize, and clean. She's been featured in HGTV magazine, as well as on Oprah.com, and BHG.com. Becky strives to make homekeeping fun AND easily implemented into everyday life.

The Moms of CafeMom Say...

  • serioussifL

    We have wood flooring in our apartment. I sweep them a few times a day. I mop them with Murphy Oil Soap for wood, and they stay beautiful.

  • hache2

    I use a dry Swiffer mop once-a-day, and I use a wet mop once-a-day. I get on my hands and knees to mop stains or spots with water whenever necessary, and I use Mr. Clean once or twice a week.

  • MLM247

    I had wood floors for 30 years. Use water with a dash of disinfectant to clean them. Get people to remove their shoes at the door; this REALLY helps. Set up a small mat or set of shelves for shoes and set the example.

  • ashmac03

    The Shark Steam Mop works great! Just don't use it on wood floors.

  • 4music

    I use white vinegar and water to clean my floors. Just make sure to keep it away from any natural stone (marble/travertine, granite) as the vinegar is too acidic and will etch it.

  • AnGLInterrupted

    I mop my floors (the whole house) at least twice a week. I'll mop individual rooms more often as needed. I use a Shark Steam Mop.

  • babs61679

    I clean houses professionally. You should never, never, never use bleach on hardwood floors of any kind. Use straight water, vinegar and water, or a hardwood floor cleaner from the store. The bleach can strip the floor, suck out the moisture, and possibly ruin the floors. Then you'll need to replace the floor.