Many homes these days have a combination of flooring including carpet, wood, and tile. Each surface requires its own method of cleaning. But when it comes to general daily floor care, like cleaning up the dust and dirt and pet hair, you can use the same tool for every floor – your vacuum cleaner.
Most of my floors are wood but I do have tile in the bathroom and three large area rugs in the living room, family room and bedroom. I also have a hairy cat and a black lab who are both shedding machines. As a result, I clean my floors DAILY. I prefer to sweep and vacuum every day but most of the time I don’t get both done. If I have to choose, I vacuum because I can get every floor surface with the vacuum.
A house guest once asked me why I used my vacuum instead of a swiffer. There are two reasons:
- It would cost a fortune to use a swiffer because I have so many non-carpeted areas and lots of pet hair. I would have to change the pad in every room. That would get expensive fast.
- The vacuum gets both wood and carpet so it saves time and effort.
In case you’re thinking of giving it a try, here are a few things I’ve learned after years of vacuuming wood & tile floors:
- You can vacuum throw rugs but it’s tricky. I don’t. Instead I either shake them outside or gently shake them onto the floor and then vacuum what came off the rug.
- An extension cord on your vacuum will allow you to go longer distances without having to move the plug. I have a route that allows me to get everywhere I need to without having to re-plug even once.
- You can vacuum ceramic tile unless the surface is uneven. You might also want to avoid vacuuming any tile floors with very small tiles. I did that on our fireplace hearth and chipped a couple of the tiles. I vacuum it with the hose attachment but not the vacuum itself.
- If you have a bagless vacuum, be sure to clean the filter frequently. I clean mine every time I vacuum because of the pet hair. I have a brush hanging on the wall above the garage trash can that I use to brush out the filter.
- While I have the vacuum out, if I have time, I also vacuum furniture tops, under furniture or in corners.
- My favorite vacuum is an upright with on board attachments. I’ve had some great vacuums in the past but the one I’m currently using I would NOT recommend.
Just in case I’ve given anyone the impression that I thoroughly vacuum every day, that’s not the case. I vacuum most of the floors but if I can’t get a certain area, I skip it. I vacuum often enough that I know I’ll get it next time. My dog and cat are terrified of the vacuum so if they’re snoozing on their bed in the office, I shut the door and skip that room. I just do what I can.
So if you haven’t tried vacuuming your non-carpeted surfaces, give it a try the next time you need to clean your floors and see what you think. Let me know whether I convinced you or whether you’re sticking to your swiffer!