Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Advice.

I need some advice. No matter what we do, we CANNOT keep our floors clean in our apartment. Well, the linoleum at least. About a month ago or so, we bought some of these...
And they BLOW!!

Seriously, they do nothing. They clean a little, but one cloth doesn't go very far. I love the Swiffer Sweepers, but the Swiffer WET cloths are not my friend. Our kitchen and entry way cannot stay clean no matter how hard we try. Yesterday, Josh got down to business and scrubbed the kitchen floor with bleach and water and it did wonders!! But obviously, this is not how we want to clean our floors every time.

So, that's where you come in! I want to know what mops and/or cleaners you use on your linoleum floors. Dirty floors are making me crazy!

Thanks for your help!!


8 comments:

Heather said...

I love our "shmop". I have tried a ton of different things, but I think the shmop is the best. It is similar to a swiffer wet, but it is much more heavy duty and definitely gets the job done. The best thing about it... you can take off the cover, wash it and reuse it as much as you want! Much more cost effective than a swiffer wet. You can get it at any grocery store (it has a green and yellow handle). I also use some pinesol mixed with hot water to clean my floors and it seems to keep them cleaner longer. Good luck!

kupukaa_ohana said...

i use vinegar and warm water and it works wonders. or i also use febreeze multisurface with mr clean with warm water and its awesome. you can either use a mop or just a rag with your feet. good luck!

Chris and Annalisa said...

I remember trying to keep the linoleum floors in our apartment clean, and seriously the only thing that worked was good old-fashioned elbow grease on your hands and knees. I think I used liquid pinesol diluted in water. It totally sucked.

Just remember this when you buy a house someday, so you can get tile or wood!

Mystique Shepherd said...

My mom is a neat freak, and she seriously cleans the floors twice a week. What she does is half a t a time to let one part dry, and uses an old fashioned mop with some sort of mop/floor cleaner stuff from the store, Her floors are so clean you can eat off of them. We use the swiffer ones on our tile, but to get them really clean it a bucket with soapy water, w a spounge on my hands and knees.

Mindy said...

I am so sad to hear of your dilema ... The Swiffer wet thingy-things were sooo perfectly for me! Plus, I think the smell is to DIE for! If they made that into an air freshner ... It'd be like in heaven!!

Jen and Jared said...

Hi Allison! I don't know if you remember me or not, but I found your blog through Annalisa's. Anyway, I hope you don't mind if I visit every now and then :). I've been using the Swiffer's too, but we have a wood floor so it works great! When we had the linoleum, scrubbing was the only thing that really worked. It was a pain to clean!

Savannah and Wren said...

Scrubbing with a spounge and drying the whole thing with a towel is all that works. The key is to have lot's of water, friction, and then wipe it away. Ha ha I know linoleum sucks, but i'm confused, is it worse than other floors? I wouldn't really know.

Julia said...

I've never commented on a blog before, but facebook is getting boring so I thought I'd check out a few blogs. I think you just have to use good old fashioned elbow grease. I've yet to find a mop that can do as well as me on my hands and knees with a microfiber cloth. I use Murphy's oil soap diluted in water because it's natural and not some nasty harsh chemical. Vinegar in water works too and is all natural, but I think the oil soap really helps loosen dirt and grime better and faster. If you use something like diluted pine-sol be careful - it will kill your hands if you don't wear gloves. I mopped Janna's floor once with pine-sol and no gloves, let's just say my hands were peeling for days!