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Do You Clean Hardwood With Vacuum or Mop?

Standing on Hardwood Floor

Hardwood floors give our homes a warm classy feel. The last thing we need is a stain or an ugly scratch on the floor. They have a natural shine that makes the floor look beautiful.

If not handled properly, the floor loses its shine and becomes just another piece of wood.

If you use hard bristled brooms or regularly drag furniture across the surface of your hardwood floor, it will lose its shiny finishing and expose the wood below.

Another thing most of us don’t know is that dust accelerates the wearing out of the floor. Places like corridors, kitchens and doorways are usually the first places to lose the finishing because they are high traffic areas in the house.

Mopping a Hardwood Floor

Mopping Hardwood FloorFor many years I’ve been using these strategies to clean my hardwood floor with a mop. My floor still has most of its original finishing shine and it is still in good condition. Most people would discourage mopping but the idea is how you mop.

  • If you choose this method, the mop should be as dry as possible. A sopping wet mop will destroy your floor. The point of this is to keep as least moisture on the floor as possible. If you let water stay on it for too long, it will stain and lead to expansion of the boards.
  • Keep it simple. Don’t add vinegar or bleach to your mop water. The solution will be too acidic and will wear out the finishing.
  • Follow the wood. Always mop in the direction of the grain of the wood. This way, you will get as much dirt as possible and will make mopping more effective.
  • I have never used hot water to clean my floor. Hot water has a higher probability of seeping into the wood than cool water. And we all know what happens to wood when it stays damp for along time. Cracks, splinters, the works. Hot water damages your floor.

Vacuuming a Hardwood Floor

This would be a good option if you live with pets. Pets are just shedding machines. I use a vacuum cleaner on my carpets and rugs but a friend recently told me you can still use it on your hardwood. It actually works much better than a broom

  • Most vacuum cleaners have rotating bristles, which makes them ideal for carpets and rugs. But for floors, repeated contact can lead to damage.
  • The best type of vacuum cleaner for hardwood flooring is a canister vacuum according to It has a setting for floors, where the bristles are not rotating and has very high suction power.
  • You also have to choose a vacuum cleaner that has rubber wheels to help you move it around the house. Plastic wheels, or no wheels at all end up scratching your floor.

Which is Better; Mopping or Vacuuming?

Whether you should mop or vacuum really depends on what you’re dealing with. Even if you vacuum regularly, it will still be good to mop it from time to time (just make sure you get rid of all the dust first if you choose to use water or any liquids). These two methods go hand in hand, however; I prefer the vacuum cleaning for its ability to clean hard to reach areas.

The Best Portable Floor Cleaners For The Efficient Busy Body

Remember the huge deep cleaner that was given to you by your mother, or your spouse’s mother? The same deep cleaner that you heave throughout the house. Then use half the day to get the floor sparkling and the other half waiting for that same floor to dry.

The worst part is that you probably dragged out that monstrosity to clean a single spot and couldn’t resist the urge to just finish the whole room. I’ve been there and thankfully I can say that I no longer dedicate my whole day to cleaning up a juice spill near my couch. Although portable vacuum cleaners solve the issue of convenience, I’ve found these 3 Bissell products below are the best portable cleaners for small messes in any home:

1. Bissell SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner 3624

This petite machine is one of the greatest for a reason, it is simply one of the strongest portable cleaners out there. This is capable of removing stains and that disgusting dirt from just about any surface such as rugs, car interior and furniture upholstery.

At 13 pounds, which is less than my one year old and our 3 month old husky, this Bissell cleaner is easy to move around the home. Combined with various features like brush tools, extension hoses and a large tank capacity, means those constant water changes are a problem of the past.

Perfect for any household with a frequent array of small messes. With a price range of $120 to $150 dollars this is the best cleaner for the cost.

2. Bissell SpotBot Pet Deep Cleaner

Even without a trusty husky, Saint Bernard or any other fury friend this SpotBot Pet cleaner is still a great choice for small messes. With a literal push of a button this cleaner will remove any stain like magic. This portable cleaner excels at lifting any mess, simply place it on the floor, push the button and let it go. Just don’t let your dog get to it because with its size, breaking will occur.

The only flaw that people find with this contraption is that it’s actually a bit too small. Cleaning one 7-inch round at a time, this little guy works with minor areas but despite that it’s incredibly convenient.

Combined with 2 cleaning modes, light or deep and a hose fitted with a nozzle attachment, the hardest part will be making sure not to misplace it. Found in-stores and online at a price of $110 to $140.

3. Bissell Little Green 1400B

Last but finally not least, the Bissell Little Green, for the environmentally friendly in all of us. This little portable cleaner and the packaging is made with 50% reprocessed plastic material, definitely a detail to brag about to your friends. If your friends are into that.

With a weight of only 12 pounds it’s not only light but it’s great against a variety of surfaces, wet or dried, but preferably fresh wet messes. This green cleaner is definitely cheaper than the rest, a steal at $79 to $120.

The only issue some individuals have with the Little Green is its little power, the suction isn’t as strong as other Bissell products so to really utilize this one you’ll have to use a bit of manual force. Also, slight leaking has been known to occur with this one.

As you can see, the Bissell family leads the race in best portable cleaners. While there are others out there that could make the cut, these are some of the best taking power, efficiency and handiness in consideration.

5 of The Best Vacuums for Pet Hair Removal

Pet Hair VacuumIf you have a pet, be it a dog or a cat, it is a fact that you love it. However, the biggest challenge you may face every day is cleaning up the pet hair.

You may feel that it is a never-ending challenge to clean your floor or furniture.

This might result into an embarrassing situation, especially when unexpected visitors come home.

In order to avoid this unnecessary stress, you need not only the best vacuum, but the right one for the task of cleaning pet hair.

When buying a pet vacuum, quality comes first. In the following section, we have provided you with the list of the best pet hair vacuum, which are appropriate for picking up hair.

1. Shark Navigator Lift-Away

The main important features of this machine are the sealing and suction. This model is made with cyclonic technology, and will not disappoint you. The Shark Navigator is excellent at sucking up anything thrown at it.

It can easily clean pet hairs, as well as pieces of lint that may stick on your coach or floor. The machine has a feature called HEPA air filtration designed to separate all dust and allergens inside the vacuum’s canister.

2. Hoover Wind-Tunnel

This is one of the most affordable vacuum models you can buy for this situation. The U5491-900 model comes with a bag, although other models come without a bag. The Hoover Wind-Tunnel vacuums do not have suction control.

However, cleaning hair with this machine will provide excellent results. Some of the areas it can perfectly clean for you include furniture, carpets, and bare floors

3. Miele S-7210 Twist

This vacuum model is a brand made by Miele. It can provide you excellent cleaning from bare floors to carpets. The following list shows its features:

  • Swivel neck designed for tighter turning
  • Suction control

4. Panasonic MC UG775

Panasonic model also has excellent features needed in a pet vacuum. It has a full-bag indicator with a HEPA filter. However, the Panasonic vacuum does not have suction control.

It works at considerably low noise and has a comfortable handle to hold when cleaning. If you are a price sensitive consumer, then you can choose the lightweight model labelled Panasonic MC UG693.

Even though the lighter model has suction control, it does not have features like a HEPA filter and indicator. It looks simple, but performs better in removing pet hair on carpets, bares floors and for tool airflow.

5. Dyson DC41 Animal Complete

It is important for you to note that this model of pet hair vacuum is more expensive than many other models. If you are trying to pick out the best cleaner for pet hair, then nothing will compare to the features used in making this Dyson model.

Some of its features include the following:

  • The vacuum is easy to move around.
  • It has a tangle-free turbine to help remedy pet hair problem.
  • It uses counter-rotating heads, which have in-guilt brushes that pull hard to reach hidden pet debris from carpets and furniture.
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