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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. There are a number of helpful resources like Floor Executives that can really make your life easier.

The Best Way to Get Rid of Mold from Your Floors

Wood floors can be a homeowner’s pride and joy when it comes to his house. These are beautiful and age wonderfully well. There are instances when blemishes do occur in the form of mold. Despite the practice of sealing the floors with a protective coating, there are times when a mold infestation can break through. Before you call an expert to deal with the problem, it may be within your capabilities to deal with the blemish yourself.

What You Need

There are some materials and tools that are useful for cleaning up mold from wood floors. These include the following:

  • Fine sandpaper (100 and 200)
  • Microfiber rug
  • Vacuum (optional)
  • Polyurethane finish
  • Small paintbrush
  • Bleach (optional)


Before anything else, your safety is the priority. Mold can be potentially dangerous and precautions should be in place in order to successfully repair the blemished flooring. Open any doors and windows in the room or area where you will be cleaning up. Good ventilation is important.


The first thing to do, after opening windows and doors, is to assess the entire floor for any other spots that may have molds. This is so there is only one concerted effort to remove the mold from the floor instead of repetitive efforts when you discover more spots. Once you have established the mold infestations, mark these or clear the area so you will not forget.

Clean Up

If the mold is only on the polyurethane coating, you will just need to wipe it clean from the coating. If the mold has permeated below the coating, you need to pry off the coating or sand off the coating with the mold. It is preferable that you wear a mask since you will be working up close to the mold and sanding can send it airborne.

If you were lucky enough and the mold was just in the coating, just wipe the area to remove the dust. Your rag should be a microfiber one or if it is just an ordinary rag, dampen it so the dust will not fly around. Be careful doing this.

Sometimes, mold will penetrate the polyurethane coating and enter the wood grain. If this is the case, some sanding is necessary on the wood itself. Use the 100 sandpaper first and then follow up with the 200. Your sanding motion should be gentle in order not to make any more damage to the wood.

To prevent any mold from spreading, you might want to spray some bleach on the area. Do this with care since bleach might whiten the wood that you are working on. It might also compromise the integrity of the protective coating. If you are wary of doing this, then do not. This is just an additional precaution.

When you are satisfied with the results of your labor, wipe the entire area and some of its surroundings with the microfiber cloth or a rag that has been dampened with white vinegar o the bleach solution. Let the area dry fully before applying the polyurethane coating.

After several hours, or maybe the next day, brush a thin coating of polyurethane over the sanded area and its surroundings. Make sure the initial coating is thin enough that it does not look watery when dry. Add more coatings as you see fit. Leave it alone to dry for several hours.

Getting rid of molds from a wooden floor should be easy enough but there are times when there may be too much mold and you will need the help of an expert or a professional. Make sure you have assessed the problem properly according to your capabilities and do not take on the task if you have doubts. Remember, your safety is the first priority.

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.

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