Why No Dustmops on Hardwood Floors?

splatsOctober 8, 2013

I have cheap laminate floors in my current home. Besides moping, I mostly use a large dustmop sprayed with Favor or Endust. We are buying a new home that has all genuine hardwood floors. I have read several threads about how people are cleaning non-carpet floors. I see threads about vacuuming, using horsehair brooms; but little about my big dustmop. It does a great job getting dust, dirt and pet hair. What am I missing. Is a horsehair broom really better than my dustmop.

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emma

They say because it just stirs up the dust and if there are bits of hard substance it might scratch. My Mom and I used dust mops on hardwood floors and never any any damage. I used a product called Endust on the mop, that made the dust stick to it. We had nice shiny floors. I would still us a dust mop if I had hardwood and if I didn't hire someone to do my floors. (:-))

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 1:19PM
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bulldinkie

Ido Ive had hardwood floors over 20 yrs using endust & dry mop.no problems here.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 10:27AM
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graywings123

It's a matter of personal preference, I believe.

If you use a dust mop, you are left with the problem of how to clean it. Go outside and shake it? Some people live in places where that's not possible. Put it in the washing machine? Then you are left with cleaning gunk out of the washer.

And a dust mop won't pick up the heavier stuff that my dogs manage to bring into the house, such as clumps of grass or leaves.

I can easily empty a vacuum cleaner. And it picks up everything.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 8:35AM
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emma

I am 76 years old and haven't lived in an apartment since I was 20 years old, of course I shake it outside. My husband worked at a salvage yard for extra money at Christmas time and I washed his clothes in the washing machine and it didn't leave gunk in it. It sure left gunk in the bathtub. Wow, I can still see the black ring when I think of it. LOL

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 9:19AM
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graywings123

Not to get off topic, but gunk in the washing machine is a problem for me with my high efficiency front load washer. If I wash, for example, the dog's bedding and then follow that with washing my white towels, I will find dog fur in my towels and wash cloths because apparently some of the fur is left in the drum. Dirt/grease/grime are not a problem - they get washed away.

I don't know if all front loaders have this problem. It didn't happen with the top loaders I have had.

How often do you wash your dust mop? I would think not very often.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 4:13PM
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bulldinkie

I wouldn't thinkyou are to use in the bathtub oily....The only problem I could see if you over spray ,floor would get slippery.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 10:47PM
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emma

I hold my dust rags over the kitchen sink to spray because of the over spray. If I had wood floors I would hold it over the trash cart to spray. I don't like vacuums, DMs much easier.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 9:31AM
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kayjones

I use a dust mop and Endust on my Bamboo floors with no problem. I wash my dust mop when I wash my throw rugs. As for shaking it - I don't. After use, I just put it in the dryer with a throw rug for about 5 minutes .

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 7:07AM
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CA Kate

I use to use a dust mop, but now use a Swifter and throw away the dirty cloth. A dust mop is the more environmental, less wasteful way to go tho'.

I think you just have you watch out that you don't pickup any tiny rocks or glass or anything else that's hard since that would scratch.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 9:05PM
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emma

If your hardwood floors scratch with a dust mop, your floors do not have a good finish on them. If a DM scratched your floors what do shoes do to it when you walk on them.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 12:05AM
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wwwonderwhiskers

We have two year old site-finished white oak floors. The satin surface shows some scratching, but the benefit of site-finished floors is that it can be re-done as needed.

Our flooring installer said to be careful what you use on them, as it might cause the finish to change chemically. He told us to use Bona, which I do when needed (not like Endust, or he said definitely not Murphy's) in high traffic areas, in front of the rangetop, or after cleaning up sticky spills.

It's just two of us, with about 2k sq.ft. of Chestnut colored floor, and we both work, so there's not much dirt like from kids or dogs. But I've become completely enamoured with the little Dyson Digital. It's great for edges, under-stuff, and in high-use areas like kitchen & office.

Next level of cleaning, I use exactly same dry-mop that you do - big ole thing, hand-vac or sweep what comes from that, then shake it outside, and wash every couple of sweepings. I think I Bona'd the whole floor once - before my Mom came to visit, LOL.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 10:07PM
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jannie

I use Bona about twice a year- I use both their wood floor washing liquid and the high gloss shine product. Last Thanksgiving, I hosted my two nasty sisters in law. One saw my floor looking shiny and asked if I'd put in a new floor! By the way, I have both a broom and wooly dustmop. I like the broom better. Just a personal preference.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2013 at 9:14AM
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