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04-26-2019 09:22 AM
I will be moving to a condo soon that has all oak hardwood floors. In the past I have had wood laminate in just one room, with carpet in the rest of the home. To clean the hardwood I would just vacuum without the beater and occasionally use a liquid cleaner like Bona with a fabric mop. I had a steamer for a while but it didn't last long before it conked out on me, but I liked the idea of a good steam clean once in a while.
In my new place, since I will not have any carpet at all, I'm rethinking how I will maintain the floors. Should I invest in another steamer and if so, what is a good brand/model? Or, is there a good appliance that will vacuum up dust and miscellaneous particles and also have a wet cleaning and/or steam component combination? I don't have pets or kids.
04-26-2019 09:30 AM
@suzeecat I have hardwood floors in my entry and kitchen. I would get rid of them if they weren't in trend. They are very hard to keep up with. I sweep with a broom at least weekly, vaccum as well. The best thing I have found is Murphy's Oil Soap and water. I tried using Sharp mp this past weekend with the solution mixed in. It worked ok except my four legged helper has left prints all over it. I think I will go back to the Murphy's Squirt and Mop and a mop. Please share if you find any good tips, I could sure use them.
04-26-2019 09:46 AM
@suzeecat I'm in the same situation. Had laminate in our previous kitchen where I used a steamer to clean the floor. Can't remember the brand but after 4 years it was still going strong and really liked how it cleaned.
Now in a condo that has bamboo floors everywhere except the bedrooms and bathrooms. I've been vacuuming and then using a Swiffer pad to clean the wood floors. Not sure if a steamer is a good idea to use on bamboo.
Will be interested to read other opinions.
04-26-2019 09:47 AM
@suzeecat For my wood floors, I use a Bissell Power Fresh Steamer which I love. It has 3 settings for the steam and 2 cloth pads that are washable. Floors look fabulous with using plain water. I have a Roomba that I am in love with! I bought it for $ 300.00. It is a pleasure especially with wood floors. It comes with it's own docking station so it finds it's way home when finished. I usually run it at night when I am sleeping, I chose to do each room separately since my home is 1800 sq. feet. I have a Dyson vacuum as well that I use every other week.
Between the steamer and the Roomba makes maintaining my wood floors a breeze!
04-26-2019 09:54 AM
@Somertime Bissell, that was the steamer I had and it was great. Have to check to see if I can use it on bamboo.
DH wants to get a Roomba but I'm not sure. It's expensive and how much dirt does it hold? Will get more info.
04-26-2019 09:59 AM
The less water you use on your hardwood floors, the better. I have red oak and it still looks great after 20 years in this house. I use Don Aslett's microfiber mop/duster along with Bona. I would be afraid the steamer would be too harsh for my floors.
04-26-2019 10:06 AM
@kaydee50 I see no reason why you could not use it on a Bamboo floor. Look at Amazon, Target and Roomba website. They do go on sale. Amazon has a Roomba 675 for $248.00 and a Roomba 690 for $279.00. I do one room at a time and I have a dog, it runs about 90 minutes and the reservoir is not huge but large enough to hold any dirt and dog hair. I woudn't hesitate. I was sorry I didn't purchase one when I was working, would have made my life so much easier!
04-26-2019 10:08 AM - edited 04-26-2019 10:10 AM
@Hoovermom We have all hardwood floors, Australlian Cypress throughout our home and I use my little shark navigator everyday to do a quick clean up it works great on hardwood floors I only wash my floors maybe twice a year but do spot clean ups when necessary. I like the microfiber mops they work really well. My floors are always shiny and beautiful. I too think the less water the longer the floors will last.
04-26-2019 10:09 AM
I've had pre-finished hardwood floors for many years now. In my kitchen, dining room, foyer and powder room. Upstairs, I have them in my maste bedroom and the hall. I've never used a steamer on them. I either dry mop them, vacuum them, or use one of those hover mops with the pads dampened. I always was afraid to steam my hardwoods. If I really feel the need, the most I would use on mine woul be Bona. After all these years, they still look brand new. (I do not, however, have any pets.)
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