Groan with me. Ughhhhh. I hate cleaning floors. Don't you? I've tried it all. Any kind of mop or steamer or anything to make this task less daunting. But guess what. There's nothing like a good old, hand and knees floor scrubbing. With a crawling infant and a little doggie it's even more important for me to keep my floors somewhat presentable. Here is how I handle it.
Obviously sweep first. I had taken a picture of my pile but then I was too embarrassed to actually post it. So, sweep and discard.
Prep your water! I love steaming, blazing hot water. My husband can't handle it when he dips is hands in my dishwater or tries to get in the shower with me. Ahem. I mean, he just can't handle his water as hot as I can. Take a hint buddy. Stay out of momma's way. ;-)
I use an old gallon bucket and add a splash of Basic H. That's a very technical term isn't it?? The trick is that you don't need much of the cleaner! I basically just pour a little bit. The bottle says to use a Tablespoon with a gallon of water. I don't think I used that much. It's pretty powerful! Use any rag. I'd use something you can throw away if you are really grossed out by the end.
I use knee pads! Aren't these legs smoking hot?? Actually, when I took the picture I felt like I looked like a junior high volleyball player. Sheesh. But man they are helpful in making this process go faster!
|Don't knock it til you try it...|
Then I scrub! I picked up food splatters today that I couldn't even believe were there. I saw stains that I know were here before we moved in. And my little Basic H did its job. Then I started cleaning that little metal strip that connects the linoleum to the carpet on the stairs. O. M. to the G.
|Do you know how hard it was to take this picture? And disgusting to boot?|
Um, YUCK! My rag was black! Ew, ew, ew. Since that was the first time it was cleaned in the nine years this house has been here I can happily say I don't feel obligated to ever clean it again!
Anyway, it probably takes me about 30 minutes total to clean our entry, kitchen, and dining floors. It dries fairly quickly and I don't feel guilty about tossing the dirty water into the lawn because I know there is nothing harsh in it to ruin my hubby's prize lawn. :-)
|I think I should do this more often...|
I use Basic H because its a safe product for my family. Like I stated earlier, I have a crawling baby and a puppy that spend most of their time on our linoleum floors. I don't want them getting into any unnecessary toxins. Basic H is not only safe, it's highly concentrated and effective. I have been using the same bottle for over a year. The value in it is unbelievable and in the month of July you can become a FREE Shaklee member with a purchase of a bottle of Basic H. You will not regret it!