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daisysmiles4you
02-18-2013, 04:33 AM
My mother is traveling to Dubai to visit with my sister, brother-in-lawn and her first grandchild for two weeks. While she is gone I'm planning on a rather ambitious cleaning the house project. One of the things I've been wrestling with is the linoleum floors downstairs. She's used Swiffer on the them for many years and we're now having a real problem with the floors being sticky. I was really hoping someone might have some idea of something I might be able to do to take care of it, other than getting down on my hands and knees and scrubbing it. We've tried swiffering then using water as a rinse, but it's still very sticky. I'm kind at a loss and am hoping someone can point me in the right direction or have some idea of something that might help. Thanks, ladies!

MSPeeler
02-18-2013, 05:02 AM
Have you tried using a Steamer, instead of chemicals/soap? I use a Shark steam mop (http://www.sharkclean.com/Shark-S3101-Steam-Mop/) and it's WONDERFUL on my hardwood.

Or using a Hardwood floor cleaner, like here: http://www.ehow.com/how_7555833_clean-sticky-residue-hardwood-floors.html
but it's more like spot cleaning

msbrad
02-18-2013, 08:34 PM
If trying yourself, try vinegar.
Me- I'd probably hire it done...

I love the shark steam mop I have too. I use it full power on ceramic tile floor and on the slowest [softest] setting for the Bruce hard wood. Just concerned about too much moisture. Then use Bruce spray to go over it.
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Colleen
02-18-2013, 09:26 PM
I was going to suggest vinegar too. Also baking soda and vinegar make a good cleaning agent too. :)

missdamsel
02-18-2013, 09:39 PM
So, the Shark is good for hard wood? I now have hard wood and need to know this! ;) lol

missdamsel
02-18-2013, 09:40 PM
While on the subject, I saw Granite cleaner at Home Depot the other day. Should I be cleaning my granite countertops with special cleaners???

Sarah
02-18-2013, 09:49 PM
So, the Shark is good for hard wood? I now have hard wood and need to know this! ;) lol

Double-check but it should. I have a steamer [not Shark] and it's safe for wood :D

I agree with a steamer on the stickiness. Had a grape jelly concoction explosion in the kitchen and the steamer REALLY helped with that.

msbrad
02-18-2013, 10:10 PM
While on the subject, I saw Granite cleaner at Home Depot the other day. Should I be cleaning my granite countertops with special cleaners???

I was on this topic with a friend of mine yesterday, as a matter of fact. She used to sell granite [and marble -we've purchased from the company she worked for.]. She is buying some this week to try. I'm hoping she lets me know.
Thus far...I've used windex. It's been fine.
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daisysmiles4you
02-19-2013, 07:58 AM
Thank you so much, ladies! I had thought of vinegar, but wasn't sure it was any good for stickiness. We do have a steamer (if I can find all the parts) but I wasn't sure if I should to with that first or try something - anything - to work on the stickiness and at least cut it down first. And Michi I have to do it myself. I'm broke with no kids to order to do it so I don't really have a choice. ;) Although I'm sure I'll be getting a lot of weird looks from the pets!

I would think that the steamer would be okay with wood - you just don't want it to get saturated. It's is sealed somewhat and the steam would dry/evaporate fairly quickly. But I'm certainly no expert! Just using some logic and logic isn't always right. :)