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That post title is a bit of a mouthful, right? Well, anytime I post a picture of our entryway hallway on Instagram, I typically get several questions about how we keep our hardwood floors so clean – especially with four cats! I have additional tips on keeping a beautiful home with pets if you want even more ideas! It offers general cleaning tips for furniture, etc. But today, I’m sharing
As you can see in the picture above, we have fairly dark oak hardwood floors. The hand-scraped style, along with varying length and width pieces, helps to disguise a bit of the dirt, dust, and fur. But, you know what doesn’t? The eight floor to ceiling two-story windows. Yes, they are an amazing feature and one that was ultimately a deciding factor to purchase our house. However, it also means every little piece of said dirt, dust and fur glows in all the natural light.
Shortly after moving in, we had to develop a system to keep this area clean. Not only are the four cats an issue, but this area is one of the most trafficked in our house and leads to our garage, front and back exterior access points so it gets dirty quickly.
I think we’ve ultimately developed a system that works well for us now. But first, the cute culprits that are largely the reason for this plan:
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I mean, they’re pretty much the cutest things ever so it’s worth the extra cleaning (and my sanity) to keep them around.
As I’ve mentioned before, we have a cleaning lady that comes in every other week. But honestly, after a day or two after she has cleaned the hardwoods, we have significant “fur tumbleweeds”, as we call them, all over the floors. I’d like to say these photos were all staged, but unfortunately, this is reality after two days with a spotless floor.
The fur especially loves to gather around the bases of our furniture.
Or sometimes the fur like to random blow down our hallway.
How to Clean Pet Hair from Hardwood Floors
So, what’s our solution? Recently, we’ve been loving these disposable dust cloths (I just attached it to the wet mop kit). It seriously takes me three minutes to swipe through the entire hallway and clean up any dust and fur that have shown up. I do it every few days between the deeper cleanings. So easy and it makes such a difference! I’m not joking that it really is that simple.
The dusting cloths trap the fur and dust immediately and it cleans like a dream. Plus, the surface area is pretty big, so I really don’t have to make that many passes on the floors.
We also recently invested in this cordless vacuum stick and have been really happy with it! It has a built-in, removable handheld vacuum that is really convenient. We use it exclusively on our hardwoods when we need to make a quick pass through to clean up fur. For the price, we’ve been really happy with it!
Even more recently, we invested in this cordless vacuum and it has been a total game changer. We’re actually considering buying a second one for our basement where the cat boxes live. I found this certified Dyson store with huge savings (and in most cases a warranty from the manufacturer). Our vacuum is found certified refurbished here. It’s a great alternative if you don’t want to pay full retail. But these are so powerful that they clean fur quickly from hard to reach places. The suction is pretty unbelievable and makes clean-up a breeze!
Tools for Managing Cat Fur (Before It Hits Your Floors)
We’ve also found that if we can manage the shedding, it also helps with our need to clean the floors as frequently. We’ve found a few pet hair remover tools that work well for us.
Depending on the cat we’re trying to groom, we either use the Furminator (best overall) or these fur-removing gloves (best if your cat is brush averse). Regardless of which we use, we’ll usually take one cat at a time out on our back patio. Since the fur tends to go airborne so quickly, we prefer to groom them outside. By eliminating some of their surface hair on a regular basis, we have far less issues with the daily shedding around our house.
If they do shed on our furniture (which ultimately ends up all over the house), we’ve had great luck with these rollers recently! We were actually pretty shocked by just how well they work. Highly recommended! It sounds like they work just as well for dog hair as they do cat hair.
Do you have any favorite tips for cleaning hardwood floors? And, if you have any other questions about our floors or cleaning processes, leave a comment and I’ll be sure to answer!
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