That doesn't, however, mean that I'm not somewhat obsessive about cleaning them.
Roomba does a fantastic job of taking care of the dog hair and dust, but there are still smudges and paw prints to contend with, especially on such dark floors.
This power duo has become my bff when it comes to keeping our hardwood floors shiny. To be honest, I was originally cleaning the floors on my hands and knees, spraying AquaShine and rubbing away with a towel. Guys, we have nearly 900 square feet of hardwood on our main floor alone. That's a LOT of time on my knees and because it was so time consuming, floor shining sessions were few and far between.
I figured if a microfiber towel worked on my hands and knees then a microfiber mop should work just as well. Enter: $7 Michael Graves mop from Target. I'm dreaming of someday owning the Norwex mop, but until I can swing the $100+ for it I'm sticking with this version.
I tried using just water with the microfiber mop, but it made me nervous to leave that much water sitting on my floors so I ended up going back on hands and knees to dry it, which defeated the purpose of the mop. That would be the definite benefit of the Norwex mop - it dries really well as you go.
Anyway. It works, you guys. AquaShine dries really quickly, you don't need to use very much to get all the puppy prints off your floors and it leaves absolutely no residue! I know, right? And yes, it fits with my 2010 goal of eliminating toxic cleaners, as it leaves no toxic chemicals behind.
I buy it at Menards, so any of you in the Midwest can find it there. You can also buy it online, but I'm not sure what other stores carry it. If anybody knows please chime in!
So that's our floor-cleaning regimen. How about you? Any tricks to keeping hardwood (or any other surfaces for that matter) shiny and paw-print free? How often do you use cleaners versus a quick sweep or vacuum?