What's best to clean Kitty Litter on Hardwood floors?

karenfromknoxvilleJune 2, 2008


Help! I'd like your recommendations on the best appliance to pick up kitty litter on hardwood floors. I have my cats' litter box in one bathroom and try to keep the excess litter in that room. But I still find kitty litter on the floor in other parts of the house. Since I have hardwood floors in the house and a marble floor in the master bath, I would like to keep the excess kitter litter to a minimum.

What kind of appliance would work best for this? I've tried electric brooms, dust busters, vacuum cleaners and the old broom and dust pan. Most seem to work well at first and then leave as much litter as they initially picked up (even after emptying or cleaning the filter). Any suggestions on how to keep the floors clean?

Thanks for your help!


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A vacuum cleaner or even a broom and dust pan would work. What you have to do is keep up on the litter daily, so it does not make its way through the house. What is probably happening is that everyone is tracking it through the house, on their feet. Keep the area around the litter box cleaned up. Do you have a little cat litter box mat, for the cat? This helps them remove the litter from their paws, as they exit the box. They rub their paws over it.

Vacuum cleaners and brooms do work. I would be curious what brand and model appliances did not work for you. A full sized vacuum cleaner will work, if used properly. Some uprights are not going to work well, if their brushroll cannot be shut off.

A broom with very, very soft bristles will move the kitty litter to the dust pan better than other brooms.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 4:25AM
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I would vacuum and follow up with a dust mop spritzed with a very little bit of vinegar water.
Linda C

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 12:08PM
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Thanks for your help and suggestions. I've used a Black & Decker dust buster, a Dirt Devil electric broom, and a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner. A broom and dust pan seem to work best. But I don't think the broom had particularly soft bristles. I will try kitty litter mats. I never thought they worked but it's worth a try!

Thanks again for your suggestions!


    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 12:30PM
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We keep a mat in front of our litter boxes. I vacuum with a Miele Blue Moon, which does a great job getting the litter up.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 10:16PM
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I use a bissell rechargable sweeper-works good on litter. I am in the process of switching all of our litter boxes to the new Tidy cat Breeze system. My 12 week old kitties did the switch with no problem. I got another system today for my older cats but I haven't seen them use it yet. I hope they like it so I won't have to deal with litter "grit" on my wood floors any longer.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 10:07PM
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Thanks for your help. What is the Tidy Cat Breeze System? I've tried that Litter Maid automatic litter box and find the noise it makes after the kitties use it, wakes me up at night and scares them!

My kitties (2 brothers) are about 9 months old. They still "play" in the litter box. I'm hoping they out grow that. But in the mean time I'm worried about my parque floors that I just had refinished! I'll look into the Bissell rechargeable sweeper. When I looked at a Miele vacuum cleaner, it was very expensive and made the old method of broom and dust pan look a bit better! But I am planning to invest in some of those litter mats this weekend.

Thanks for all your suggestions!


    Bookmark   June 5, 2008 at 5:53PM
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The bissell sweeper was really cheap-about $20.00 at target & is still going strong after a year. The Breeze system is kind of hard to explain so I have attached a link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: breeze

    Bookmark   June 5, 2008 at 9:35PM
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I would caution against using the self-clumping litter. I have read that vets think it's not a good idea because it gets stuck to cats' paws. Then they swallow some when they clean themselves.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2008 at 11:01AM
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Dear haus proud,

I think you are exactly right. My cat that was old and had kidney problems would get litter stuck to his paws. The problem was worse if he used his litter box and then went in my shower or some other area with water. I never thought about it if the litter was on their paws when they were cleaning themselves.

Thanks for your comments. Unfortunately, I can't use the clay type litter as it requires changing too often. I'm disabled and have trouble walking. I need help when I change the scoopable litter and can barely manage that.

Thanks again for your thoughts.


    Bookmark   June 14, 2008 at 1:04PM
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Kitty litter can be so damaging to hardwood floors. I'd suck it up with a hose attachment to avoid "scraping" it across the floor.

I bought the Tidy Cat Breeze system two weeks ago and my boy (2 years old) has yet to use it for #1 or #2.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2008 at 11:20PM
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Is there anywhere else you could move it? When my sister moved into her new house there was a kitty door into the basement and I told her how lucky she was to have it down there. Then thought, hello, why don't I have mine down there??? I put in a kitty door and now it is in the basement. My life has never been the same, I'm not kidding.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2008 at 8:07AM
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The litter is all over my hard wood floor ,it looks like dry white paint spots. Its really hard to get off. I used a scrub brush and it wouldn't even come off.
It seems that some litter is worse than other litter.
I guess you get what you pay for. I found the Tidy litter the one that has lots of rocks in is not good. I have tiny rocks all over the place. So I Changed the litter to more of a sand mixture.
Any suggestions.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2011 at 3:03PM
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