30 Days to a cleaner house-Day 15

Today, I am scrubbing my floors.  I usually use a trusty steam mop (that I LOVE by the way), sometimes it leaves a little film on my floors, partially because I have hard water.  So today I am getting my soapy mop bucket out and mopping them on my hands and knees.  I used to do this before I bought a steam mop and I hated it, but I could really get my floors to shine.  I have wood floors in my kitchen, bathroom, and living room.  I have tried a few different cleaners.  First I tried this:

Pledge Finish wood floor-I have to say, this made wood floors look like they were new.  I mean it! They would sparkle because it literally put a gloss finish over your floor.  I loved it, and I really mean that, I absolutely loved how this made my floors look…BUT, of course there is always a downfall.  I had been using this for weeks and bragging to everyone about it. When this finish gets wet it turns white and leaves a white stain that I couldn’t get out.  My kids would wash their hands in the bathroom and walk from the sink over to the hand towel holder and drip water on the floor, there was a trail of white spots.  I couldn’t figure out what it was until I finally figured out it was from the floor finish. Also it would start to peel off, if you didn’t continue using the floor finish each week, it would start to peel off and look like……well, it would look like your floor finish was peeling off.  It looked awful.  This floor finish is almost like a sweet delicious dessert that you love while you’re eating it, but afterwards you see the results in your waistline.  Ok that was one of the worst metaphors I could have ever thought of but I am not someone who likes to use the delete button very much (probably because I’m Italian and I speak before I think, in this case I type before I think).

Let’s move on, next I tried the old Murphys Oil Soap

Some of you may like Murphys oil soap but I don’t! Here is why…after I mop my floors with it, it literally does leave an oily feeling on my floors.  So then when my kids walk across it with their socks on, it leaves streak marks from their socks.  All in all I really don’t like using this stuff.  I have a bottle of it in my cleaning cupboard that I will occasionally use to wipe down my baseboards and window sills, other than that, no thanks Murphy.

I finally just started using a bucket of warm soapy water, and it does the job perfectly.  No oily finish, and no weird water marks. Just plain soap.  So get your mop bucket out and start cleaning.  If you don’t have wood floors, clean your kitchen floor or any other floors in your house that are not carpet.


Day 1) Ceiling fans and lights

Day 2) cobwebs

Day 3) Walls and molding

Day 4) Windows

Day 5) Cabinet and cupboard doors

Day 6) Refrigerator

Day 7) TVs and mirrors

Day 8) Showers and tubs

Day 9) Drawers

Day 10) Tables and chairs, end tables, coffee tables

Day 11) Clean your mattresses

Day 12) Dust your bedrooms

Day 13) Porch, mudroom, or shoe closet

Day 14) Bathroom

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