Quick Spring Cleaning Secrets (Because My Floors are Covered in Mud!)
The first place I need to start today is with honesty. ¬†Our front foyer currently looks nothing like this. ¬†It is taking a hard hit daily. ¬†My people are messy. ¬†And by people, I mean people and dogs. We have had glimmers of warmer weather, followed by hard freezes. ¬†The result? Mud! ¬†We are a family who spends a lot of time trekking in and out this time of year heading to the sugar house. ¬†As many times as I have asked everyone, including the dogs, to use the mudroom (hence the name!), the front door is still a primary passage. ¬†So, at a certain point I just had to accept it was going to be a regular place of clean up. So, I have assembled my favorite tools for fighting the battle to share with you today with some quick spring cleaning tips. The first step is my Dyson DC35 cordless vacuum. ¬†It is a bit pricey for such a tool, but I bought mine about 3.5 years ago and it has been worth every penny. ¬†Instead of having to get out the big vacuum, plug it in and lug it around, I just grab this one which is hanging in the laundry room. ¬†It is not perfect and does sometimes clog up. ¬†However, I find clearing it is pretty easy and it works best when I regularly clean the filters. ¬†I also love that is something that I can easily ask my kids to take care of. ¬†In our house we refer to it as the "vroom vroom" and my kids are often asked to quickly run the "vroom vroom" around the first floor and on the stairs. ¬†Stair cleaning is so much easier with this thing! We also recently picked up what we always called a dust buster when I was a kid, now they call it a hand vac. ¬† My husband thought it was a silly purchase and kind of rolled his eyes at me when I brought it home. ¬†However, we have all come to realize that sometimes spills, breaks and bigger messes need something that can really suck it up. ¬†I have even used this on surfaces other than the floor when there are spills or breaks. ¬† It is especially helpful this time of year with the larger chunks of dried mud that make their way into our home. ¬†Seriously, when that mud gets in the grooves of boots it ends up everywhere. I am not a big fan of a major mopping extravaganza so I have a great tip for thorough and quick clean ups of your wood floors. ¬†After I run the cordless vacuum around, I follow up with Bona hardwood floor cleaner. ¬†I use this set. ¬†I use the dust mop attachment for occasional quick clean up of dusty areas but mostly I use the mop attachment. ¬†They do sell a set that has the sprayer built into the mop, but I prefer this model. ¬†I just spray the floor with one hand and mop with the other. ¬†We go through it pretty quickly so I also bought the refill bottle. Now here is another little tip I almost feel guilty not sharing till now. ¬† When we end up with messes on our rugs or on our upholstered furniture, Folex has been my go to since my girls were babies. ¬†A few sprays and then rub it with a cloth and it will get out most stains. ¬†It has kept me sane and from going crazy when messes are happening around the house. ¬†Of course, when working with upholstery and carpet, you should always do a test spot first. ¬†You can find all the details on the Folex site. And if you need to figure out a quick way to clean glass, I share my glass cleaning secret here. And my biggest secret for cleaning (sort of!) can be found in this post - the secret to getting your house clean. Thank you so much for reading! Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post however there are affiliate links enclosed.