H.O. asks from Cedar Park, TX on December 13, 2008
Help! My Kitchen Floor Is Driving Me Nuts!
I have been married 11 years and in those 11 years my husband has never once cleaned the floor. So, I guess it is "my job", if you will. Cleaning this floor exhausts me. I have to clean in on my hands and knees sometimes 2-3 times a day. Anyway, I have found that the only way to get it truly clean is to wash it on hands and knees. The mop just seems to rub the dirt and food around without really picking it up.
So, ladies....PLEASE...if you have a better way of cleaning up the food/mess on the kitchen floor please let me know! Am I the only one who struggles with this issue in the house. My husband thinks it is eccentric to focus on the floor so much...but if I don't do it...who will?!?!?!?!
A.B. answers from Odessa on December 15, 2008
I understand where you are coming from...I hate a dirty floor too. (oh and ignore anyone that wants to say you have "other" problems!) I would definitely look into a different form of cleaning. I have heard wonders about the Hoover thing mentioned and there are other brands too I believe. I have not invested in one yet, but have not ever had a house that had a lot of un-carpeted floor until now (we just moved 2 weeks ago). I will be looking into them now though! Normally I have just used the swiffer sweeper and then the wet jet. Now I have a lot more tiles to keep clean and will have to look into other forms of doing that.
I hope you find something that works for you...Good luck!
S.O. answers from San Antonio on December 15, 2008
S.H. answers from Austin on December 14, 2008
I can't remember the last time I got on my hands and knees to clean mine. Maybe you could change the flooring so that the dirt doesn't show...
C.M. answers from Austin on December 14, 2008
I vacuum my tile floors. I spot clean any messes, and I only wash the floor thoroughly about once/month, because the spot cleaning works really well. Good luck.
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E.S. answers from Houston on December 13, 2008
I'm not sure what kind of floor you have, but for my tile/grout kitchen floor I do the following, after sweeping the foors(really good)I mix in a bucket with hot water, borax- not too much, vinegar, and clorox liquid cleaner with bleach and after mixing I pour it on the floor and start scrubing it with a Libman brush/scrubber I bought at Walmart, it's green & white with a pole just like a broom so you don't have to get on your hands & knees, the hard bristles from the brush & the hot water mixture removes all the dirt from the grout and tile even dried food and stains. After I'm finished scrubbing the whole floor I use my Libman mop to pick up the excess water, I rinse the mop in the sink with hot water( as hot as your hands can manage)every time I pass it on the floor until I have picked up all the water and then give the floor another 'rinse' with the mop, now that part takes me longer than the scrubbing but is well worth it to see my floors clean & shiny.
The borax leaves a light sparkle on the floors and mix with the clorox bleach it whitens the grout. I have been doing this for years now and my grout looks almost like the first day we bought our house(new).
Since this is a deep cleaning you will not have to do this everyday. Hope this helps you out!
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J.G. answers from Austin on December 14, 2008
Floors are the evil pits! Especially tile floors in my opinion. I have a white tile floor so when it rains and shoes are wet it gets really nasty. On those days I'll leave it till it's dry outside before I beat my head against the wall trying to keep it clean. On non-rainy days I mop about once a week and spot clean in between. I vacuum it about every other day. I'm thinking about giving up my dirt pushing mop for wet jet or something but I haven't decided yet. Maybe you should try one.
What bothered me about what you wrote is how often you're worrying about it. It's a floor that gets walked on. By yucky dirty shoes. I've tried to let myself obsess about this too since I have a crawling age child, but I just can't see beyond the reason that it's STILL A FLOOR. You will never be able to get it sanitary and keep it that way. The first time you walk through it, it will be dirty again. I think you need to turn your attention away from the floor a little. From your message/question it seems like it's taking up way, way, way too much of your time. And you seem really stressed out and obsessive about it. There are better things to worry about.
Your husbands right, you are being eccentric about it but he should be helping you rather than picking on you about it. Stop washing his underwear till he mops the floor for you.
Take a breather!
J.H. answers from Houston on December 14, 2008
I agree with your husband. Unless you run a day-care center in your kitchen I can't understand why it's necessary to get on your hands and knees 3 to 4 times a day to clean the floor. If you think the mop in not working, then get a push broom to scrub with, but I think the problem is not so much the floor as it is you. You sound like you should see a doctor. Is the kitchen floor the only thing you are obsessed with? You need some help and it's not the soap and water kind.
S.B. answers from Waco on December 14, 2008
A steam mop is the way to go. They are wonderful to use and gets the floor so clean. Also, because it is steam the floor is truly clean. And no chemicals! Plus, while it cleans the floor, it also dries right away so you don't have to keep your family out of an area because the floors are wet. I have very severe allergies and need to maintain my floors as well as keep myself away from the dirt and dust. I am also sensitive to chemicals and most cleaners. I use the Shark mop to get my floors clean. I also use a canister steamer to clean everything in my home. I can get my bathrooms and kitchen so clean without having to scrub and get down on the floor. Also, I don't have to worry that I didn't get something rinses well enough because I am not using cleaners. The steam cleans and disinfects. The canister steamer is also great for getting pots and pans clean. You can blast the steam on a pan and get all the baked-on stuff off quick and easy. No more scrubbing. It even works to get the barbecue grill back to gleaming. I got both my mop and canister steamer as a set at Sam's Club for around $80.
N.H. answers from Houston on December 15, 2008
You may just hafta get "stern" w/your hubby. That's what I've had to do. Before marriage, he was SOOOOO helpful...did everything w/o me having to ask. After marriage...seems to have developed housekeeping amnesia. So, what I've started doing is saying stuff like "are you finished w/that wadded up papertowel/napkin you've left on the stove/counter?" if he says 'yes' then I'll say, "well will you come throw it away since you're finished w/it." & say it in a tone that means 'now' not later. Or if he doesn't clean the stove after making a mess cooking I'll say the same type thing "since you're not really busy, will you come clean up the mess you've made while cooking, I'm tired of looking at it." If he argues (which he usually doesn't) I'll say, "you cooked & made the mess, I shouldn't hafta clean it up...I didn't make the mess--YOU did" & he'll usually clean it up eventually but more often than not I still end up doing it sometimes. You may hafta assign days of the week for him to do the cleaning like M-W-F he cleans & T-TH-Sat you clean & on Sundays, switch off. Tell him what you told us & just be firm that you have to get on your hands/knees to scrub the floor but if he would clean up messes right away when he makes them, you wouldn't haft work so hard & get 'down' in your back or cause you to get arthritis eventually because he's acting like a boy who can't clean up after himself. (of course you should use discretion on how you tell him but BE FIRM about it!). Good luck!
M.B. answers from Beaumont on December 14, 2008
2 or 3 times a day??? OMGosh! I hate floors too. I wipe up spills immediately and then vacuum maybe once a month or everything 3 weeks and mop with vinegar. If you vacuum first you should not be pushing anything around when you mop.
Beginning when my kids were in 3rd grade or so I would pay them to vacuum, cause Ihate it so bad. They loved earning extra money and would do it for cheap.
sometimes I will sweep in between vacuuming, but not often. Relax and try to focus on the feeling in your home being content and happy rather than the condition of your floor.
In years to come the kids and family will remember the atmosphere of your home and not the condition of the floor.
J.T. answers from Victoria on December 14, 2008
I am assuming you have some type of vinal flooring not tile. I do belive that 2-3 times a day scrubbing the floor on your hands and knees is a bit eccentric also. If you must have a super clean floor then I would do it at the end of the day only once. Try to move it back to once a week, then once a month. I have also thought about scrubbing our floor because its so dirty and I agree the mop just gets the top layer off but by the end of the chore its just moving the dirt around. I hear that a steam mop works wonders. I have been wanting one for a while. Hoping I will get it for Christmas!! Best to find out from the manufacture what is the best way of caring for the floor.