Do you vacuum your hardwood floor or mop them? For some homes, it’s all about the vacuum. Others have a “mop only” rule in place to avoid scratching and damaging their floors. How do you feel about vacuuming versus mopping? What are the pros and cons of each one? This blog post will explore this question from three perspectives: The Vacuum Cleaner, The Mop, And You!
Do You Vacuum Your Hardwood Floor Or Mop Them?
That depends on the floor. If you use a machine, it’ll depend on your preference for how often? Mopping will take less time and maybe more efficient with certain types of floors. It’s going to depend also on what type of floorboards are in your house.
If it’s a very open floor plan and you don’t have to worry about the dirt on the other side of the house, then let your machine suck up the waste dust. But if you do, I would probably recommend mopping at least once every two weeks for certain areas.
However, using a vacuum may also leave streaks on the floor while mopping will usually leave a shine to it. It really depends on what you like. If you have pets, a vacuum is probably the better of the two because they bring in dander and hair which can be dangerous if it’s too much for your lungs to deal with.
No matter how busy we are cleaning our homes, there will always be dust and dirt, you don’t have to live with dust on your floor.
It’s very important to bring a higher level of hygiene into your home.
The best way is to clean it yourself at least once a week, using the right mop can bring that extra boost for the health of your family.
Before making the decision of buying a mop, you must know what kind of floor and how often you are going to use it.
If you wish to buy one that gets rid of dust, dirt, footprints and keeps your floors looking clean then I would recommend an advanced type that uses steam cleaning technology.
Pros and cons of vacuum vs mopping
- The vacuum will do a better job of gathering the dust and dirt into the bag. It can also be used for dry or wet mopping with a special attachment if you buy one. Vacuum cleaners are good at maintaining the shine on hard floors, but they aren’t strong enough to clean even small amounts of liquid spills.
- If you know you want to use a vacuum cleaner, make sure it’s the right one for your floor type. If you have wood floors, look for an attachment that will help restore the shine and also get out dirt from grout and crevices.
- The bag has to be disposed of or changed often. It takes time to vacuum the entire floor.
- Mopping is environmentally friendly because it can wash the dirt on the floor down to a drain as opposed to sucking it up into a bag which needs to be dumped at some point. It also keeps your dustbin cleaner than if you have one with a vacuum attachment because all the dust and dirt is in contact with the water and not the air. There’s no bag to clean or replace either, so that’s less expensive.
- You need to re-mop every few hours sometimes because water does wear away wood if left long enough. It’ll also take more time to wash all of the floors compared to vacuuming.
How to vacuum your hardwood floor?
Vacuuming hardwood floors can be a difficult task because of the different types of surfaces and materials that are found on wood floors. For instance, there is unfinished oak, which has deep pores and coarse grain; finished oak, which is often stained or varnished to make it easier to clean; maple with a uniform texture; walnut with an open grain having little variation in color or pattern.
All these different types require different techniques.
For example, vacuum unfinished oak by using low suction power and running the vacuum head over the surface in one direction only–either up-and-down or side-to-side. To avoid scratches use either a soft brush attachment or no attachment at all when vacuuming this type of floor. Because it is unfinished you do not want to suck up the wood flour that is in the pores.
To vacuum finished oak use high suction power and a hard, stiff brush attachment. This action will remove any dirt or pet hair that hides in the pores and grain of the wood.
If your vacuum has an adjusting mechanism on the nozzle, allow some air to enter the nozzle as you vacuum. This allows small items and dust particles in the wood grain to exit without being sucked up into your vacuum bag or canister. If your vacuum model does not have this feature keep a shop vac nearby and use it for any fine debris that is pulled from the floor.
Some types of wood, such as walnut, have an open grain–a fine texture that can easily trap dirt. Vacuum this type of flooring with high suction power using a soft brush attachment. A stiff brush will leave marks that are very difficult to remove.
To vacuum laminates, make sure you identify the type of finish it has by reading the manufacturer’s label on the back. For instance, is it “scratch resistant” or is it actual varnish? If it is a true laminate then use your higher suction power. If it is varnish, use medium suction power to avoid marking the surface.
To vacuum vinyl floors, always use low suction power to prevent scratching the surface of this material that is not as hard or durable as other materials found on wood flooring. Increase the amount of air being sucked into your vacuum by using the nozzle settings. This will force the dust and dirt to exit your vacuum bag or canister rather than being sucked up into your machine.
Vacuuming wood floors also takes a lot of time, so be sure to make proper preparations beforehand. If you have large furniture it is very important that they are moved out-of-the-way and placed against a wall. Make sure that there is nothing on the floor, not even papers or newspapers.
Consider setting up a small table or shelf in front of your vacuum so you can quickly store any items you need to clean up before vacuuming again. This will save you time picking them up after you are finished with your wood floor vacuum. You also want to clean the vacuum itself before vacuuming wood floors. Vacuum any debris, hair, or dirt that has managed to build up in your machine over the time it has not been used.
How to mop your hardwood floor?
To mop a hardwood floor, you want to start in a corner and drag the mop toward the center of the room, where the floor meets a wall. This will help when you are finished and ready to move on to another section of your wood flooring.
Of course, never mop dry! Always use water with a small amount of liquid detergent or some form of cleaning solution. Use your mop on the area you just mopped to spread the soap evenly over that section of wood flooring. Then secure your mop to a wide-based pole and drag it across the floor in the opposite direction you would use a vacuum cleaner.
Continue this process until all sections of the wood floor have been cleaned. Always start in an area that is not so easily visible, such as a closet or hallway. Then you can clean the areas of your home where wood flooring is more noticeable and prominent, like your entryway or living room.
When mopping the edges around doorways or each piece of furniture make sure to use a separate mop head. This way you can clean the edges and get behind each piece of furniture without getting your regular mop dirty.
Once you have finished one room, make sure to clean out your mop and leave it in a place that is convenient for when you wish to use it again. This will ensure that the wood flooring remains free of dirt-trapping residual soap that may prevent it from properly drying.
Vacuuming wood floors is a time-consuming process, so it’s important to make preparations beforehand. If you have large furniture that needs to be moved out of the way or placed against a wall, consider setting up a small table or shelf in front of your vacuum cleaner for quickly storing any items you need before vacuuming again.
This will save you time picking them up after you are finished with your wood floor vacuum.
You also want to clean the vacuum itself before vacuuming wood floors as well–vacuum any debris and hair that has managed to build up inside over the period since it was last used.
One final thing we wanted to mention was how mopping hardwood can be done smoothly by starting on one end of the room and dragging your mop toward the wall where it meets with other adjacent rooms.
This will make it easier for you to maneuver around furniture or difficult areas when there is less mess on the floor. Also, never mop dry! Always use water with a small amount of soap or a cleaning solution.
References: How to Clean Hardwood Floors
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