Friday, August 30, 2013
Mop To It!
Twice a year I get down on hands and knees with a bucket of hot soapy water and a scrub brush to get the nitty-gritty, corners and baseboards super clean. We have quite a bit of surface to scrub by hand, so most weeks I sweep, vacuum, spot clean. Every other week I get out my steam mop.
My kitchen floor gets abused during the summer with canning and preserving. Berry parts drop and splash, tomato skins and anything else I run through my Sauce Master Food Strainer dribble here and there. The rug attracts crumbs galore. The steam mop does an OK job, but it's hard to get along the edges with much success. And from the looks of the cleaning bucket's water yesterday, I'd say too much time has gone by since the last good cleaning .. and how can that much dirt be on the floor?
I use the same homemade cleaner for our no-wax vinyl, sealed wood and linoleum. For the wood I don't use a scrub brush, but a cleaning rag wrung out followed by a soft dry rag.
Homemade floor cleaner:
1-1/2 to 2 gallons hot water
1 teaspoon borax (softens water/sanitizes)
1/2 cup white distilled vinegar (softens water/sanitizes)
1-2 teaspoons liquid dish soap (to help as a de-greaser)
2-3 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
Swish and mix the ingredients. I have had no problems with this leaving any type of film.
Kiss those expensive floor cleaners goodbye.
What's your best floor care tip?