Tips on Cleaning Floors

When I gave tips on cleaning bathrooms, I mentioned that I clean all of my floors in one day each week.  I detest pulling out my broom, mop, and vacuum cleaner every day, so cleaning all of the floors in one day simplifies the process.  Read on for my cheat sheet on handling all of my sweeping/mopping/vacuuming tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Weekly Cleaning (30 minutes, one day each week)

  • Sweep all hard (wood and tile) floors.
  • Scrub all spots on hard floors.
  • Mop all floors.  (You should be able to mop these hurriedly since the tough spots are gone from the scrubbing.)
  • Wipe all baseboards.
  • Vacuum all carpet and rugs, including welcome mats.
  • Vacuum the dryer vent.

Monthly Cleaning (typically a separate task completed each week)

  • Spread carpet powder on carpet and rugs before vacuuming them.
  • Vacuum upholstery (couches, chairs, etc.).
  • Resolve any spots on the carpet or rugs.
  • Resolve any spots on upholstery.

Bi-Annual Cleaning (Spring Cleaning and Holiday Cleaning)

  • Move furniture to sweep, mop, and vacuum underneath it.
  • Roll up rugs, and sweep and vacuum underneath them.
  • Have rugs cleaned.


  • With regard to the time required to clean your floors, your mileage is going to vary.  Our house is 1300 square feet and mostly hardwood floors.
  • If you’re looking at my weekly floor cleaning checklist, you’re probably skeptical that I can handle all that cleaning in thirty minutes.  I get quite a bit of help from my child.  My four year old scrubs the tough spots on the floors with a bar mop.  She also uses a bar mop to wipe down the baseboards.  She is currently learning how to sweep.
  • I clean the dryer vent after every load of laundry, but I vacuum it once a week just to keep it as clean as possible, particularly given fire risk.
  • Rather than buying carpet powder in the store, consider making your own carpet powder with baking soda and perhaps a few drops of essential oil.
  • When family visits, I sweep the common areas (living room, dining room, and kitchen) daily.

What Do You Do?

Do you clean your floors daily or one day a week?  Let me hear from you in the comments!

Bridget | Ordered and Organized

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