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Does anyone know a quick & efficent way of cleaning hard floors?

(9 Posts)
mumof3monkeys Sat 30-May-09 21:30:55

We have gone form lots of carpet to a mix of polished concrete & bamboo floors and it takes 1 hour to vaccuum & mop (I dread to think how disgusting tha carpet was blush.

Does anyone know a magic gadget that can do both at once?

littleboyblue Sat 30-May-09 21:36:10

You can get microfibre flat mops that are supposed to pick up dust and clean at same time and they can be used wet or dry. I have one as have laminate floors throughout flat, I find I still need to sweep and hoover but I do little often, never the whole area or it gets too overwhelming. I sweep and mop bathroom and corridor in morning, kitchen in evenings, and livingroom everyother day. I hoover once/twice a week as have carpet in 2 bedrooms and I wizz around the rest of the flat then (normally a tues and a thurs as are bedchange days and I like to hoover mattresses)

whomovedmychocolate Sat 30-May-09 21:41:56

I sweep then mop. If you get a long handled brush and dustpan thing it's no problem. Then I mop with a vileda blade mop (it's just a big sponge you can squeeze through the handle). All surfaces get one teaspoon of washing up liquid, one tablespoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of disinfectant (we have a 10 month old who is constantly eating things found on the floor).

ThingOne Sat 30-May-09 22:49:12

I brush up the messy bits then go round with a damp flat headed "mop". I have a cleaner who vacuums once a week. After that I only sweep and mop unless it is terrible.

If I'm mopping and there are scuzzy bits I spray first with ecover green spray, and leave for a bit.

You're right, though, that carpets are rank wink.

mrsmaidamess Sat 30-May-09 22:50:02

I push those wet floor wipes round under the mop

abermum Sat 30-May-09 22:57:26

scooba by irobot grin

ThingOne Sun 31-May-09 17:33:05


mumof3monkeys Thu 04-Jun-09 19:15:34

Looks like I'll have to live with it

Thanks for your advice

Twirl Thu 04-Jun-09 19:36:16

Definitely get a scooba for hard floors. I just got a roomba and it has transformed my life! V sad I know. I am now going to get a scooba just as soon as we have paid off our hols...

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