What tools/methods make cleaning hardwood floors a breeze on a regular basis? It's taking too much time and effort right now!
I'm not interested in the type of cleaning solutions--I use vinegar and water. I'm a renter and my floors are old, so I'm not concerned about long term damage (done and done!) or the floors being streaky or not shiny enough. I just want them to be clean! and without taking an hour (1 bedroom apartment).
My current method:
1. Use vacuum hose w/ attachment to clean along baseboards (this has a huge impact as dirt, cat hair, dust and my own hair make giant tumbleweeds that hang out along the edges of rooms)
2. Sweep with broom and dust pan.
3. Spray solution of vinegar/water on floors.
4. Mop using reusable microfiber mop pads
The problem is that sweeping and mopping takes a long time. The mop pads get covered in dirt so fast that I know my sweeping is leaving behind too much dirt/dust.
I've tried the Swiffer Wet Jet and HATED it. It pushed the dirt around the floor so I had to wipe up a line of dirt every time, and I went through the swiffer pads sooooo fast! I haven't tried the regular dry swiffer for floors because I imagine those pads will fill up really fast too. Also, I know that the swiffer is for dust and won't pick up bigger specs, so that means I'll still have to sweep if I use the swiffer for dusting.
I was thinking of buying a cordless 2-in-1 vacuum (it's a stick vac but part of the unit lifts off to become a hand vac) so that I could use the hand vac on the tumbleweeds along the baseboards and the stick vac instead of sweeping the floors. I'm worried that the vacuum won't be effective at getting rid of the dust, so my microfiber mop pads will still get dirty too fast.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated!!
And here are some of the vacuums I've been looking at, if you're curious: