Vacuum cleaners were first designed to clean wall-to-wall carpeting and area rugs, as this was the most common floor covering at the time. However, as our décor tastes change so does the functionality of the vacuum cleaners available. Regardless of your cleaning routine, if you’re not vacuuming the bare floors potentially damaging dirt and debris are being left behind.
Everyone has battled with ‘the dust pan line’ while sweeping, which goes to show that this cleaning method only pushes dirt around, opposed to actually removing it from the surface. When dirt and debris is left on the floor it can cause premature wear to the finish. As you walk over the floor the abrasive particles are rubbed over the surface and can penetrate the protective coating. This is why non-carpeted surfaces, like hardwood, tile, and laminate should be vacuumed. Not to mention vacuuming removes the gritty feeling from barefloors.
What’s the best vacuum for barefloors:
Upright vacuum cleaners can be used on barefloors, but only if you turn off the agitator (brush bar) or use the hose with a barefloor brush attached. Most upright vacuums do not have an agitator shut-off which makes this the least popular option.
If you have primarily barefloors, or a mixture of floor types, we recommend using a canister vacuum. Canister vacuums are more versatile and can be used on a wide spectrum of floor types, they also allow for easier cleaning on stairs. However, new cordless vacuums like the Dyson V8 Absolute are designed specifically for use on non-carpeted areas.
What’s the best way to clean barefloors:
After vacuuming you can use other methods to keep your floors as clean and shiny as possible. For general up-keep the Bona Spray Mop is a handy option to have. With the easy spray trigger and re-useable microfiber-cleaning pad you can safely clean hardwood floors. The GreenGuard certified solution is safe for use around people and pets. But best of all it won’t cause streaking or leave a filmy residue behind. They also have a Stone, Tile, Laminate version as well as Oil cleaner for homes with oil and oil penetrated hardwoods which can be tricky to clean.
When life is busy you can turn to the Braava Floor Mopping robot from iRobot (the makers of Roomba). This little machine can navigate and clean all of the neglected corners of your home for up to 3.5 hours on the sweep mode, or 2.5 hours on the wet-mop mode. While sweeping the 4 pound robot will move up and down in straight lines. Connect the reservoir and switch over to the wet mop setting to watch the Braava make triple passes with a back and forth motion lifting surface dirt and grime. Yes, life really is going to the robots!
Certain situations call for more drastic measures. Many homes can benefit from the Hoover FloorMate, which is the barefloor version of a carpet extractor or carpet shampooer. The Floormate works by putting water and a cleaning solution on the floor, scrubbing the floor with 4 counter-rotating brushes, then sucking the dirty water into the tank for easy disposal. This is ideal solution for removing stubborn dirt from pets, cooking area, busy entryways, and basically getting the hand scrubbed look without the work.