Maybe I’ve mentioned once or twice that cleaning isn’t on the list of things I excel at. Also absent from that list: closing cabinet doors, picking up clothes, and doing laundry. I don’t believe in pretending to be something I’m not. Power tool wielding badass? Some days. Domestic goddess? Not so much.
Hey, you take the good with the bad around here.
But it also turns out that if I’ve got plenty of time to build stuff and write about building stuff, all of the sudden getting out the cleaning equipment isn’t such a horrifying idea. Which is how I ended up here:
That’s the master bedroom and a walnut floor that you will recall I lovingly installed and then spent hours cleaning on my hands and knees. There’s no more heavy equipment use in the house anymore, but there’s still a lot of construction dust floating around, which is only amplified by the fact that other than sliding around in my socks, this floor hasn’t been cleaned ever.
Truth is, I didn’t want to run the shop vac or my 10 year old little dirt devil over it for fear of scratching, and after a bad haze experience my last house, I’ll never use a Swiffer on a hardwood floor. Which basically meant short of getting on my hands and knees and pulling a Cinderella again, I didn’t have any cleaning options.
We’ll hello there.
I think a TV commercial turned me on to the fact that these newfangled inventions called steam mops exist. No buckets of water? I need that thing. I actually did extensive research on which one to buy… this isn’t something I was paid to promote. (I hate that I have to qualify that, but I also feel like people need to understand just how much time and thought I put into purchasing a piece of cleaning equipment so everyone can accurately assess whether or not Hell is indeed getting chilly.)
After reading a great consumer research report, I decided on the Haan Slim and Light Steam Mop, which doesn’t require pulling a trigger to steam, and gets hot enough to sanitize floors in one second.
It came yesterday, which meant I was officially out of excuses to not take care of this:
The instructions recommended vacuuming or sweeping first and because I didn’t trust the vacuum not to leave scratches I went the manual route which was minimally effective on the fine dust.
The steam mop was easy to assemble and use. It comes with two reusable microfiber pads and I used both of them to do the 14×14 bedroom. (I also ordered more.) They definitely got filthy, but I rinsed them out in the utility sink and they were back to new in no time. They’re currently still air drying.
And the floor looks like this:
There’s still some dust that was just getting pushed around there at the end, but it’s 513 times better than it was. I’m sure that wouldn’t have been a problem if I vacuumed first. (Guess whose going to be in the market for a hardwood-safe vacuum now? This is not nearly as fun as buying cordless air nailers. Suggestions anyone?)
Things I love about the steam mop:
- No chemical or cleaning smells
- No refilling buckets of water or wringing out a mop
- No loud noises (I hate the sound of the vacuum… the cat and I have the same expression on our faces every time I turn it on.)
- It sanitizes, which is great when you only clean once every three months
- It was really easy to use
And now I’m going to go build something so I don’t lose all of my street cred. But really, those floors look mighty pretty now.