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Well, I've reached the stage in my life where I have to stop cleaning my floors on my hands and knees. It is easy to get down, not so easy getting up. I like to get into the corners where the floors meet walls and also the underside of the overhang of the floor cabinets. Other than the usual things like baseboard buddy and swifter are there any other things to try?
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Following. I have the same problem. I do it by doing part of the floor each day, but that's unsatisfactory.
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Can't speak for the underside of cabinets because...well I don't clean the underside of my cabinets other than maybe once a year and its cursory at best.

But for floors I find the easiest method to keeping them clean is to prevent them from getting dirty in the first place. In other words -- no shoes allowed to be worn in the house. That way the only stuff that builds up there is regular ol' dust that the swiffer gets up just fine. No heavier particles or things of that nature.
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Ah, a thread for us to see how ‘normal' we are and how ‘crazy' everyone else is.

What about a mop? Wet swiffer? Anything with a handle. There are a lot of fancy options.
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Yes, even guests know to take their shoes off at the door. I read somewhere that in VA, there is always a spider within six feet of a person. They tend to build webs under the floor cabinet overhang.
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I just hit the floors with the swiffer every so often. It's square so it gets into tight corners pretty well. Speaking of which, I probably should take care of that, it's been too long. Every few months or so I might hit the baseboards with the duster, they don't accumulate much since they're mostly vertical. I also use the duster to check the corners for any spider webs. Have to look from an angle, they can be hard to see.
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For a while, I used my old Oreck canister vacuum with the really long attachment. It’s very powerful. You can stay standing. After vacuuming, you can rubber-band a small damp towel around the attachment and get into the corners that way. I’m sure there’s many models of this now, but this thing is way more powerful than a Dustbuster so I’ve kept it for years.

They still sell them.
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We just got a robot vacuum. Best decision ever if you have hardwood floors and only one floor.
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andreas wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 5:46 pm We just got a robot vacuum. Best decision ever if you have hardwood floors and only one floor.
I can't imagine that helps much with corners...
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Who us gonna call? Dustbusters! I can’t live without it. Strong and thorough.
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Mr. Rumples wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 6:12 am Well, I've reached the stage in my life where I have to stop cleaning my floors on my hands and knees. It is easy to get down, not so easy getting up. I like to get into the corners where the floors meet walls and also the underside of the overhang of the floor cabinets. Other than the usual things like baseboard buddy and swifter are there any other things to try?
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Hire professional cleaners?
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Scrub brush skates, Pippi Longstocking style.

Seriously, though, I was surprised nobody had made scrub brush attachments that could be strapped to shoes yet. And then I found... "mop slippers". It's a real thing. They're washable and reusable. Perhaps that would help?
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LOL, I should have thought of that myself. Not perhaps true, but there was a movie scene of Jefferson when visiting France for the first time was surprised at the excess, including a person polishing the floors with slick bottomed shoes, almost skate like. I think I have a number of options to try thanks to all the ideas here.

Like Jefferson, I might have to find a Cordwainer to make them to my specifications. Fortunately, there is still a Cordwainer's guild in VA:

https://www.thehcc.org

(The first Cordwainer in VA was Christopher Nelme (1595-1630) who arrived in 1619 on the ship the Margaret - 45 tons burthen. The Margaret made fairly good time, leaving Bristol on September 16, 1619, and arriving safely in Virginia on the evening of November 30. I digress with my love of history, I'll stop, my apologies.)
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HomeStretch wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 7:35 pm Hire professional cleaners?
Seconded, the cost is low and getting a few hours back each month is worth it.
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sailaway wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 6:25 pm
andreas wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 5:46 pm We just got a robot vacuum. Best decision ever if you have hardwood floors and only one floor.
I can't imagine that helps much with corners...
It doesn't. They are not a substitute for actually cleaning the floors. We've tried a couple of different models. Including some of the higher end models. None were satisfactory. We pay someone to come clean our house every two weeks now. Totally worth it
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Beensabu wrote: Sun Mar 20, 2022 11:20 am Scrub brush skates, Pippi Longstocking style.

Seriously, though, I was surprised nobody had made scrub brush attachments that could be strapped to shoes yet. And then I found... "mop slippers". It's a real thing. They're washable and reusable. Perhaps that would help?
Yes! I love mine!
I haven't use them to mop corners, though.
They are extremely comfortable to wear around the house, too.
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LilyFleur wrote: Sun Mar 20, 2022 2:05 pm
Beensabu wrote: Sun Mar 20, 2022 11:20 am Scrub brush skates, Pippi Longstocking style.

Seriously, though, I was surprised nobody had made scrub brush attachments that could be strapped to shoes yet. And then I found... "mop slippers". It's a real thing. They're washable and reusable. Perhaps that would help?
Yes! I love mine!
I haven't use them to mop corners, though.
They are extremely comfortable to wear around the house, too.
Very ingenious product!

But I am laughing at one vendor’s marketing suggestion to buy a pack of 10 and give them to your guests to wear so they too can help mop your floors…
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I too gave up cleaning floors on my hands and knees. Here's what I do instead on our hardwood and tile floors.
Vacuum the floors with the floor attachment and the baseboards, top of window and door moldings with the brush attachment. Extra credit for the tops and bottoms of the edges of raised panels on doors and the trim above the beadboard half wall and any stray cobwebs along the ceiling, Now to wash the floors: I use a Bissel Steam Mop (with distilled water) and swipe each section of floor forward and back 3 times. I use the high temperature setting on the tile and the next lower (mid) setting for the hardwood floors, changing to a clean mop cover from the tile to the wood. The mop head rotates to get into the tight corners, and if I lift the mop a few inches I can get the underside of floor cabinets with the upper side of the mop cover. It is also easy to steam clean the floor of the cabinet under the sink where we store the trash. The steam mop also does a good cleaning the tiled floor of our bathrooms / showers. Much quicker and faster than hands and knees!
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I never thought about steam mops, looks like a good option.
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sailaway wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 6:25 pm
andreas wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 5:46 pm We just got a robot vacuum. Best decision ever if you have hardwood floors and only one floor.
I can't imagine that helps much with corners...
We have a couple Neato robot vacuum cleaners and they are flat on the front so they get into corners unlike round robot vacuums. Since they are flat on the front the brush is wider than round vacs. We lost our cleaning person early pandemic and the robot does such a good job I haven't had to use our conventional vacuum more than a couple times for heavy cleanup. The key, I believe, to utilizing a robot vacuum effectively is the process of cleaning the vacuum properly. Without the use of an air compressor to clean it I don't see how they make any sense. I blow out the filters and couple parts of the machine after every couple of uses. It is unbelievable how well these things work when they are properly maintained. We bought the second one on ebay at huge discount (open box slightly used) for our second floor. They have already paid for themselves within 2 years in my opinion. I dust around the house and whatever the swiffer doesn't pick up goes into the air, then to the floor where the robots pick it up. The batteries don't last forever, maybe 2 years so they do require upkeep.
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Mr. Rumples wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 6:12 am Well, I've reached the stage in my life where I have to stop cleaning my floors on my hands and knees. It is easy to get down, not so easy getting up. I like to get into the corners where the floors meet walls and also the underside of the overhang of the floor cabinets. Other than the usual things like baseboard buddy and swifter are there any other things to try?
I have the same problem as do many of our peers. Getting up and down is a challenge.

The fix for me: Every other day, I do 10 kneel downs and ups alternating legs/knees...knee to the mat and back up. When I started, I had to get help with a cane, a chair, or a stool. I also hold onto something like a sink or whatever and do 10 squats. I have a 15 minute stretch, core, ab routine that is rolling back the clock...a little.
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hudson wrote: Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:31 am
Mr. Rumples wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 6:12 am Well, I've reached the stage in my life where I have to stop cleaning my floors on my hands and knees. It is easy to get down, not so easy getting up. I like to get into the corners where the floors meet walls and also the underside of the overhang of the floor cabinets. Other than the usual things like baseboard buddy and swifter are there any other things to try?
I have the same problem as do many of our peers. Getting up and down is a challenge.

The fix for me: Every other day, I do 10 kneel downs and ups alternating legs/knees...knee to the mat and back up. When I started, I had to get help with a cane, a chair, or a stool. I also hold onto something like a sink or whatever and do 10 squats. I have a 15 minute stretch, core, ab routine that is rolling back the clock...a little.
Yes, that's part of it and it helps, but still it is not easy. I go to the gym five days a week with increased emphasis on balance, TRX and leg strength. For myself, the peripheral neuropathy is an issue which adds to difficulty.
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Mr. Rumples wrote: Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:44 am
hudson wrote: Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:31 am
Mr. Rumples wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 6:12 am Well, I've reached the stage in my life where I have to stop cleaning my floors on my hands and knees. It is easy to get down, not so easy getting up. I like to get into the corners where the floors meet walls and also the underside of the overhang of the floor cabinets. Other than the usual things like baseboard buddy and swifter are there any other things to try?
I have the same problem as do many of our peers. Getting up and down is a challenge.

The fix for me: Every other day, I do 10 kneel downs and ups alternating legs/knees...knee to the mat and back up. When I started, I had to get help with a cane, a chair, or a stool. I also hold onto something like a sink or whatever and do 10 squats. I have a 15 minute stretch, core, ab routine that is rolling back the clock...a little.
Yes, that's part of it and it helps, but still it is not easy. I go to the gym five days a week with increased emphasis on balance, TRX and leg strength. For myself, the peripheral neuropathy is an issue which adds to difficulty.
Sounds like you're on track and doing the best you can.
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andreas wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 5:46 pm We just got a robot vacuum. Best decision ever if you have hardwood floors and only one floor.
+1.

Preparing floors to clean. For corners, under cabinet toe kicks, behind doors, and other places a robot vacuum can't reach, I run a broom through it and sweep everything into an open floor area.

Cleaning higher surfaces. If I notice dust/spider webs, I'll use a broom, and handheld hair dryer (long extension cord) and dust mop.
--Start high and work down.
--Spider webs on ceiling are knocked down with broom.
--Dust mop is used to agitate stubborn dust not easily dislodged by the hair dryer (window blinds,...).
--Hair dryer blows (agitated) dust onto floor, from higher surfaces, furniture, and other awkward places robot vacuum can't reach.

Elapsed time/room: ~2mins.

Then I start robot vacuum cleaning cycle to scoop up the floor dust. It if misses some dust the first time, it'll get it next time.


General cleaning supplies.

I like the toilet tank Chlorox bleach tables to remove stains from toilet bowl. I replace them every 6mos.
See: https://www.google.com/search?q=clorox+toilet+tablets

I like Libman's broom/dustpan combo, and it's Nitty Gritty sponge mop.
--Broom/dustpan for occasional dry messes.
--Sponge mop for occasional wet messes.


My housecleaning rule of thumb: If my dishes are cleaned and put away, dust is too small for me to see and robot vacuum to pick up, and toilet bowl is clean/shiny, then my house is clean enough.
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dratkinson wrote: Mon Mar 21, 2022 11:17 am
andreas wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 5:46 pm We just got a robot vacuum. Best decision ever if you have hardwood floors and only one floor.
+1.

Preparing floors to clean. For corners, under cabinet toe kicks, behind doors, and other places a robot vacuum can't reach, I run a broom through it and sweep everything into an open floor area.

Cleaning higher surfaces. If I notice dust/spider webs, I'll use a broom, and handheld hair dryer (long extension cord) and dust mop.
--Start high and work down.
--Spider webs on ceiling are knocked down with broom.
--Dust mop is used to agitate stubborn dust not easily dislodged by the hair dryer (window blinds,...).
--Hair dryer blows (agitated) dust onto floor, from higher surfaces, furniture, and other awkward places robot vacuum can't reach.

Elapsed time/room: ~2mins.

Then I start robot vacuum cleaning cycle to scoop up the floor dust. It if misses some dust the first time, it'll get it next time.


General cleaning supplies.

I like the toilet tank Chlorox bleach tables to remove stains from toilet bowl. I replace them every 6mos.
See: https://www.google.com/search?q=clorox+toilet+tablets

I like Libman's broom/dustpan combo, and it's Nitty Gritty sponge mop.
--Broom/dustpan for occasional dry messes.
--Sponge mop for occasional wet messes.


My housecleaning rule of thumb: If my dishes are cleaned and put away, dust is too small for me to see and robot vacuum to pick up, and toilet bowl is clean/shiny, then my house is clean enough.
dratkinson wrote: "...I like Libman's broom/dustpan combo..."

I have a set in my room. Gives me a fighting chance to clean something up before DW sees it!

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True enough about "clean enough." Its a difficult adjustment...I no longer clean the baseboards all the time or dust the wooden chair stretchers. I gave up polishing the windows for the most part.
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For corners high and low and in between, I use a Dyson V6 with the combination tool...either brush or not.
I circle the interior of the house getting all of the edges and corners. Then I'll use the wide motor head to do the floors. To actually wash the corners, it's hands and knees or a washcloth on the end of my foot?

The Bona spray mop does corners OK. I use it for hardwood floors with the spray, wash the removable cloth, and do tile floors with soap and water.
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Mr. Rumples wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 6:12 am Well, I've reached the stage in my life where I have to stop cleaning my floors on my hands and knees. It is easy to get down, not so easy getting up. I like to get into the corners where the floors meet walls and also the underside of the overhang of the floor cabinets. Other than the usual things like baseboard buddy and swifter are there any other things to try?
Hey,Mr. Rumples, Baseboard buddy and swifter are good floor cleaning tools. But as per your physical condition, they were not worth it because getting into the corners where the floors meet walls and the underside of the overhang of the floor cabinet needs more physical strength. There are many cleaning companies available now, so it is better to try a commercial cleaning company with affordable and experienced staff.

https://www.rbcclean.com/services/comme ... s-toronto/
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Thanks, but I'm not ready to hire help yet. I've been working on leg strength at the gym which helps a tad (still isn't a pretty sight be getting up). My neighbor got this at Home Depot and its worth a try:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/300-lbs-Cap ... cale=en-US
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Beensabu wrote: Sun Mar 20, 2022 11:20 am Scrub brush skates, Pippi Longstocking style.

Seriously, though, I was surprised nobody had made scrub brush attachments that could be strapped to shoes yet. And then I found... "mop slippers". It's a real thing. They're washable and reusable. Perhaps that would help?
Ha! I do this. We have reusable Swiffer style mop pads that Velcro to the base of the device. I'll just plop it on the ground and use my feet around the edges.
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What about those long-handled sponges meant for doing dishes - not a solid sponge, it is a clump of sponge "fingers" at the end of a stick. It could be dipped in cleaner, or cleaner sprayed on the floor, then lean over a little and ream out the corner or run it under the cabinet edge. Hmm this has got me thinking.
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