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I’m actually a little ashamed to admit this, but here goes.

On Monday night Leo was scooting around on the kitchen floor and when I picked him up, I noticed the front of his onesie was all dirty.  Like really dirty.  I was pretty grossed out because I had just steam mopped the night before so I thought the floor was pretty clean.  After Leo went to bed, I tackled the floor.  First I mopped it with a dishsoap/vinegar solution.  Then I used an abrasive soap and a nylon-bristle brush and scrubbed the whole floor.  I rinsed mopped it twice, then steam mopped it three times.  I figured that had to be one clean floor, right?  But when I rubbed a white towel across the linoleum, it came up really dirty.  Still.  I was pretty grossed out and frustrated, considering I had just spent 2 hours mopping and scrubbing!

I did a little googling and talked to my mom.  Last night I mopped the floors again with straight up ammonia (the smell brought me back to my high school hairlighting days).  I ended up mopping with the ammonia twice.  I let the ammonia sit for 15 minutes, then mopped with vinegar water.  The water was so brown I had to get new water halfway through!  Then I mopped it again with vinegar water.  After that I wiped the floor with an old bath towel.  Then I steam mopped the floor.  And then I had Dave come down and rub a white towel all over to see how things looked.


I’m going to be riding that clean floor high for a long time.  I’m also going to be way more diligent about regularly steam mopping!  (Although I like to think that part of the dirt build-up was left by the former owners so it’s not all ours… but maybe that’s just even grosser that we’re living with others’ dirty remains.)

Dave had a great night, too – he finally got a perfect rating on a Mario Cart race he’s been trying to beat!  He’s been working on this for awhile!

What do you have to confess?


10 thoughts on “confession

  1. Where do you get straight up ammonia? Is that Mosie/Leo safe? Our tile floors always just look kind of grody, no matter how much I steam mop. Maybe I need to start with a good deep clean too.

    1. Walmart. I did it after Leo was in bed, opened all the windows, and penned Mosie upstairs. The vinegar/water solution cuts out the ammonia smell, so after I rinsed with that, the ammonia reek was gone.

  2. I would hate to see what would come up if we found a safe way to clean-clean our hardwood floors. We steam mop them but they are still not clean-clean. Arg.

  3. This makes me curious about how dirty my floors are! Now that my son is eating off them, I’m more motivated than ever to mop them. Maybe I should try the white towel test…

  4. Good job, Dave 🙂
    Have you guys heard of Norwex? It feels like it’s becoming a rage down here in Bluffton – it’s all about cleaning with natural products – like literally just cloths and water (I think there is silver in the cloths)
    Anyways – I haven’t footed the bill to actually buy the cloths…but have watched the demonstrations and it feels like all my friends are swearing by them!
    Worth looking into I think!

  5. i’m interested in the wood floor cleaning process, too! i just had a giant hole repaired in my ceiling, which left drywall dust everywhere. i can’t seem to get the floors shiny again. 😦

  6. I am so happy you posted this. Our linoleium (yuck) floor is atrocious. There are parts of it that we cannot even get clean!

    Confession: I only clean when people are coming over! ha ah ha.

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