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best way to clean laminate floors
November 3, 2015
5:08 pm
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mamajhk
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Okay now that we have installed laminate floors in our house we are finding that keeping those dust bunnies at bay is a pain.  I have tried several things including a microfiber dust mop (it just pushes dirt around), a Swiffer sweeper that does the job a little better than the dust mop.  I have a vacuum sweeper but it was mainly designed for carpets.  Anyone have any suggestions?

November 8, 2015
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mamajhk said
Okay now that we have installed laminate floors in our house we are finding that keeping those dust bunnies at bay is a pain.  I have tried several things including a microfiber dust mop (it just pushes dirt around), a Swiffer sweeper that does the job a little better than the dust mop.  I have a vacuum sweeper but it was mainly designed for carpets.  Anyone have any suggestions?

Hi mamajhk, I dont think there really is a way, we have wood floors on most of the main floor of our home, and I run a dust mop every morning, the dust appears overnight, It drives my bonkers, I don't like dust but it is a fact of life, if I am not feeling well and don't feel like the dust mop thing some morning, I tilt the blinds just a bit so I can at least deal with not seeing it as well. wink

Our neighbor was telling me that she has the same problem and asked what should she do--I told her to get a shaggy dog and let it run around the house.  If you find a way, please share.

                                                               Jo

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

November 8, 2015
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Try misting your dust mop with water or a vinegar/water solution. Also I use a non cotton string mop and vinegar, water,and a few drops of dish washing liquid to mop. When  the floor needs to be "shined" I use A Bruce Product. I don't use it often because the floors don't need it and any of those products can cause a build up on your floors.

November 9, 2015
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proud mountaineer said
Try misting your dust mop with water or a vinegar/water solution. Also I use a non cotton string mop and vinegar, water,and a few drops of dish washing liquid to mop. When  the floor needs to be "shined" I use A Bruce Product. I don't use it often because the floors don't need it and any of those products can cause a build up on your floors.

I will try that.  It sounds like I am not the only one that has these issues. 

December 4, 2015
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Oreck Vacuum Cleaners makes a hand held vacuum that has a nice floor attachment in the tool kit.  It would be great for a wood or laminate floor.  The underside has a soft covering so your floors would not get scratched and the inside of the vacuum uses a bag which is very easy to install or remove when it is full.  The bag is also great for those with allergies as the dust and dirt is contained and you are not exposed to it when the bag is thrown in the trash.  Other attachments can be used for other cleaning purposes and there is a small brush head that is great for vacuuming the baseboards.  Why dust with a rag or push around the dust with a mop when you can just vacuum it all up.  Perhaps this will help with your floors.

P.S.  Laminate floors are my dream.  Maybe in a couple of years I can afford them, but I do own the Oreck Handheld Vacuum and I use it to dust because I have allergies and it is much better for me to eliminate dust that way.

December 27, 2015
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A friend of mine recently bought  a Roomba robot vacuum and she loves it. And this is a friend in Africa where dust reigns supreme. She also has 4 kids at home so I figure if she likes it, it's a good recommendation.

I (sorta) have a farm in Africa.

December 27, 2015
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I have actually thought about one of those.  But price makes it almost impossible at the moment.

December 30, 2015
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I have wood floors that have been sealed with a varnish type product. (This was done prior to our ownership) and I have found that Dyson Vacs work very well. Most vacs vent out the front of the head, which blows the dust, animal fur, cat litter, or what ever continuously out of reach. The Dyson vents to the side. Downsides being expensive to buy, and they tend to be somewhat fragile. My hubby bought ours as a refurbished unit. We have not had too much trouble with it that was not covered by warranty. We keep our old Sharp upright (bought in 1992 and still going strong) upstairs for vacuuming carpet, but the Dyson wins on hard surfaces!

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