"What is she doing with a roll in our living room?" my husband stormed over and swiped the dinner roll out of my 2-year-old's hands.
"She's eating it," I said calmly, non-chalantly.
"Can't she eat at the table?"
"Yes, she can. But I'm nursing the baby right here and I don't want her to snack all by herself."
This is a little dilemma we've been faced with lately - how to keep the floors clean when we have two kids, two and under.
My husband would prefer that all food be eaten at the table all the time. I might prefer that too, but I don't think it's particularly practical.
I enforce the "no eating in the bedrooms" rule diligently, but I definitely let things slide in our great room (we have one large room that is our living room, kitchen, and dining room) because it's all tile and because I don't always eat at the table (in large part because I have a nursing baby).
Needless to say, our floors are not perfectly spotless and crumb-free.
Currently, we use three different products to clean the tile floors in our house:
(1) Swiffer WetJet : This is super easy and quick to use, but I don't like it - mostly because of the strong chemical odor that the cleaner exudes. It is overwhelming (in a bad way). I always feel like I'm suffocating whenever the product is used. That can't be good.
We could use a plain old bucket and mop instead, but it seems so tedious and time-consuming. And I hate having icky mop heads in my house.
What I really want to try is a Steam Mop because I'd love to be able to clean without chemicals.
(2) Hoover FloorMate ($99) : According to Hoover's website, this product is the "first vac-wash-dry cleaning system specially designed to clean most hard-floor surfaces." My husband is the one who uses this and I have to say that it does excellent work. It really does wash pretty well...and it dries in no time. That said, it takes a looonnnggg time to clean our entire great room because you have to glide ever so slowly across the room in order to get the floors nice and sparkly. Time is something we don't have so I give this product a B-/C+.
(3) Hoover Cordless Stick Vacuum from the Platinum Collection ($179.99) : I previously had the Dirt Devil KRUZ ($69.99) and - in case you're trying to decide between the two - I want to warn you to not be enticed by Dirt Devil's attractive price tag. In this case, you totally get what you pay for. The KRUZ may be "pretty," but it's also powerless.
Hoover's Cordless Stick Vacuum, on the other hand, is a mom's dream-come-true. It's lightweight, easy to maneuver, and completely cord-free! I use this appliance almost every single day, often with a baby in my arms. Even my 2-year-old can push it around (she often volunteers for the task). The stick vacuum is extremely handy to have around and it's powerful enough to pick up everything from Cheerios to dirt to little bits of rolls in the living room (ahem...). My only advice to Hoover's engineers would be (a) to work on increasing the battery life (it's not horrible, but it's also not exceptional), and (b) to turn up the power a notch (it does a great job "as is," but another boost in power would make it even better). In sum? This is a fantastic product and I recommend it to all moms who occasionally have to vacuum one-handed...or who need to be able to vacuum frequently without pulling out a monster vacuum with long cords to unwind and tug around the furniture.
YOUR TURN: If you have tile, hardwood, or laminate flooring, how do you clean your floors? What products do you use...and would you recommend them?
P.S. Just because I'm curious: will you take a quick "poll" for me? It's only 2 questions. I'd love to know how you handle snacking at your house.