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Hi Mamas<br>
I just bought a house and am living with wood floors for the first time. I love them, but don't really know how to care for them - both daily cleaning and deep cleaning. Tools I have:<br><br>
Swiffer tool with long handle for floors<br>
Lots of micro fiber cloths<br><br>
I don't own a mop - usually clean kitchen and bath floors with some spray vinegar and a damp cloth on my knees.<br><br>
I live in a very dry climate, so using vinegar on the wood floors is probably not a good idea. I need something that won't dry the floors further.<br><br>
TIA!
 

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I run my Dyson over them in between cleaning lady days. The cleaning ladies use Ecover's floor soap with a soft mop.
 

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Our floors are older and weathered-- with a dog and kids, I just don't plan on having sparkling shiny wood floors and then have to worry about scratches (we do that at Grama's house). Our floors (imo) still look nice, just gracefully aged.<br><br>
I just towel mopped here and there with warm water and a little castille soap today-- w/ added peppermint essential oils. Mmmm what a lovely smell. I don't think you need to rinse off with water after the fact, but maybe someone else will come on to confirm/deny that. In any case, with our floors, they probably need a refinish, shine, and re-seal anyways and I don't think my cleaning frequency would be enough to leave much 'residue'.<br><br>
You can swiff with anything to save on swiffer refills-- old cloth diapers, rags, hand towels, etc.<br><br>
I had 2 swiffers and I removed some of the tubing so that one of the swiffers is the right height for my son to help-- he LOVES it and it actually does help a little.<br><br>
Personally, I just vacumm and spot clean the wood floors (heck, well everything). We wear socks or slippers in the house- outside shoes come off asap. And I think this helps a lot to keep the dirt down-- but does nothing about the dog hair. Sometimes if it is really rainy muddy the dog will bring some tracks in which I'll just wipe up with a hand towel.<br><br>
If I get really inspired I towel mop all the floors-- and that's quarterly, if that often. With an infant crawling around the floors I'll probably think about increasing that if I notice dirty hands and knees-- but with my toddler this summer I didn't notice the floor contributing much to his accumulation of dirt- lol.<br><br>
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My husbands really good friend owns a wood flooring company. He recommended to us just using a damp cloth. Cleaners and too much water can kill the finish and dry out the wood. I have a swifter type dry mop that I use with a terry cloth cover. I just spray the cover with a bit of water. That usually works really well. If a spot is really icky, then I will use a rag and vinegar water. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks, everyone! While my floors are "sealed" with poly, the finish is coming off and the floors are unprotected in some places. I like the idea of just damp cleaning without product. We don't wear shoes in the house, either.
 

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We have the pergo type hardwood floors. I vacuum them daily with a dyson vacuum. Then I swiffer them with a dry cloth about once a week after vacuuming them. Once a month, I clean them with plain water. I use one rag to wash, and another to dry them.
 
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