I used to clean houses and I either used just a broom and a mop with some all-purpose cleaner or (if the people I was cleaning for had it) I used a vacuum designed for hard flooring and a mop with all-purpose cleaner. Swiffer makes a little vacuum/sweeper thing, and they work OK for small jobs. Wouldn't want to use it after three days of heavy traffic (like in the kitchen). I think if you want to get your floor really clean the best way to do it is with a broom and then a rag on your hands and knees.
at 12:52 AM on Aug. 24, 2009