Before we could start moving our furniture and belongings into the home things need to be cleaned! At least by my standards. The home we purchased has hardwood floors, so we started with cleaning them.
I’ve never lived in a home with hardwood floors, so I had to do a lot of research before we started cleaning. The whole process was a lot of excruciating work!
The floors were in pretty rough shape and I had my mind set on refinishing them while the house was still empty. Unfortunately, that ended up not being possible and I needed to settle on getting the floor as clean as possible before bringing in the furniture.
After looking at all the cleaners online I ended up purchasing Method. Squirt+Mop. The big selling point to me on this product was that it was non-toxic and biodegradable while still maintain positive reviews. I also purchased a large pack of microfiber towels.
Everything I read online said to clean the floors with a microfiber mop, so anticipating extremely dirty floors I got a whole pack of towels, deciding that some good ole’ elbow grease would get the job done. Plus, getting up close and personal with the floor would ensure I removed as much of the buildup as possible.
Even though we were not living there yet, we still had a lot of stuff in the home, so clearing out the room was the first step!
With all the painting, patching and sanding of the walls, and cutting flooring, there was a lot of debris that needed to be taken care of. After we cleared out the boxes, tables, and more, we brought out the ShopVac to clean up the loose dirt.
After that, the real fun began. The easiest way to get this done was to take it slow and break the floor up into sections. By spraying down some cleaner and wiping it up, we were on our way to a cleaner floor!
I feel that the product I chose did a pretty good job. I have no idea when the last time this floor had a good deep cleaning, so I expect to be giving it a few more cleanings to get it where I want it to be without refinishing them completely. It didn’t entirely take off all the old (and some new) dried paint but, after a few passes, I did start to see some of it coming off, which was great.
I want to note that it didn’t take away the scratches and imperfections, but it wasn’t supposed to. This product was just meant to clean the existing floors, and it did.
Megan is a recent homebuyer who is sharing her experience with us! Interested in guest blogging with us? Send an email to curbappeal [at] lewith-freeman [dot] com!