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Old 12-31-2012, 01:02 AM
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I have laminate floors and LOVE THEM!! I vaccum every weekend, sweep everyday and mop every other day (or if its been raining and the floors are muddy). I loathe cleaning but I found that if I stay on top of it and make it part of my daily routine it gets easier
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:16 AM
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How often do you vacuum? Do you ever use a carpet sweeper?
Every couple of weeks. Gasp. But see other answers.

How often do you dust?
When I can see it and it bothers me. I don't think the dog contributes to dust.

How often do you mop your hardwood or kitchen floors?
Spot cleaning. We have throw rugs and wash those.

Do you have any tips or tricks for minimizing doggie dust and grime?
Brush frequently. Maintain surfaces in the backyard. For example, we put down straw in the muddy side yard, and pea gravel in the other side yard. Also, the dog goes straight to the kitchen after being outdoors. He stays there to dry, mostly. That leaves most of the dirt in the kitchen, which is easier to sweep up. We use at least a towel a day wiping the dog after being outdoors. Also we let the dog walk around in the shower, and then walk across the bath mat. So, we also go through a lot of bathmats. We live in western Washington, do lots of muddy dog!
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:27 AM
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Man I do not clean as well as y'all.

We have laminate flooring trough the entire house. Surprisingly, we just get "dust bunnies" on the side of the sofa an under the tables. But nothing crazy. I actually have a bigger problem with cat litter being trailer all over the place then with the dog hair. It's been raining lately and Bear has discovered mud. As soon as he comes in, I hold up a towel and he claws/scratches/wipes his paws and then they are nice and dry. Of course during the fun part, we riddle my kitchen floor with dirty paw prints. But I don't mind those at all. Makes me kinda giddy when I see them.

As to our vacuum schedule, we normally vacuum every couple of weeks and mop about once a month. We do spot checks in between.


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Old 12-31-2012, 01:52 AM
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Our dogs are confined to the large den/dinning & kitchen area with gates, but we have to mop at least daily and if muddy, more often as needed. I do raid the Goodwill store for old towels and use them at the doggie door from the yard into the garage and more at the garage doggie door into the house. I keep a stack by the doggie door to the kitchen and try to wipe off the wet dogs and muddy paws before they get very far into the house, but dust is still a daily battle. I dust what I can see and if it bothers me, leave the rest for weekends. I admit I am more lazy since getting older. Want a clean house, but not near as much as i once did. Now I clean some every day (mainly what bothers me) and ignore the rest.

Darn it - Better Homes & Gardens hasn't asked to photograph my home yet either!
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Rocky (almost 4 months) loves to chase the broom/mop. I get that out to play and tire him out.

I love my Swifter. For spot cleaning. I also use those Swifter wet pads to clean his paws off (after a walk/it's raining) then spot clean.

He's potty trained and uses the pads and sometimes a paw will go through the pee and then he walks onto the tile. Swifter works great for that...a twofold....playing and cleaning.

I remember always complaining about the fur balls, the dirt from our lab. After we lost him, boy did I want nothing else but to see those again. So it doesn't bother me one bit.

We are all used to our baby gates all over the house though!
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In the house we live in now, we don't need to vacuum and wash the floors as much as we did. Maybe now vacuum, three times a week, and wash the kitchen floor maybe once a week - and mostly it is because I am a sloppy cook.

I think it is mostly because the dogs have to walk on more concrete to get in the house, walkways and bigger front porch and back porch. I think be the time they get in the house, their paws are pretty much clean. Also, we have had a drought here in Missouri for the past couple years, so it is not very often that they are in the mud.

I actually track in more dirt on my boots than they do one their paws.
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With 4 dogs, i vacuum at least once a day ,in kitchen mud room areas ,sometimes twice, mop those floors 3 times a week,they are tile, dust twice a week.
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I only have one dog but also a cat and I vacuum once a day. And I only have carpet in our master bedroom Everywhere else it is stone and wood floors with rugs.
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I have an older Roomba that was gifted to me by my friends who have two Alaskan Malamutes. The Roomba took one look at the dog hair from the Malamutes, and spun around in the other direction. I didn't have a dog at the time, so I took it.

I wanted to like the Roomba. But it just didn't really do a good job. Suction was minimal, and I felt like I had to re-vacuum with my upright to finish the job. Plus, the collection tray was so tiny.

Like I said, the Roomba I received was an older model. It's quite possible that they've come out with more pet-capable Roomba models in recent years. But I would do some research before investing in one.
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I vacuum once, sometimes twice a day. I mop once a week. I dust and polish, maybe 3-4 times a week, (I like to dust and polish ). I used to like vacuuming when I had my house, but my mom's carpet is very old and very, very difficult to vacuum. But I deal with it, (even the hideous red color ). My sister and I are trying to convince her to pull up the carpet and just have the beautiful hardwood floors that are underneath. She refuses as of now, but it'll happen.
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