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Question Housekeeping question--input welcomed

Having Bella seems to have tipped the scales in my house regarding dust, dirt, dog hair, etc. I've never been a fastidious and careful housekeeper--have always been content with a clean (no germs), somewhat tidy home. But the amount of dirt and dust that gets tracked into my house is driving me bonkers. I'm working on keeping as much as possible in the kitchen (the dirt mostly comes in through the back, kitchen door). I make sure their paws are wiped off, have put down a towel, mat, etc. And that has helped a lot. But I need to do more.

I wanted to ask people with multiple in-house dogs:
How often do you vacuum? Do you ever use a carpet sweeper?
How often do you dust?
How often do you mop your hardwood or kitchen floors?
Do you have any tips or tricks for minimizing doggie dust and grime?

I want to buy a Roomba sometime soon, and I think that will help a great deal. For those who have them, how often do you run them?

Thanks for anything you can share.
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me and my mom share the vacuuming/sweeping/mopping chores. I vacuum every morning before work and every evening (my mom vacuums every second day in the afternoon if needed). I sweep only the hard to get at areas (behind/under chairs and couches and the fridge etc.) and that's only every second day or so. the mopping happens about every 2nd to 3rd day (unless it's raining and the yard is a huge mud pit I swear we mop every 20 minutes those days lol)
I usually keep to this routine and it keeps the dirt and dog hair under control. me and my mom went out of town for 2.5 days in early December and I swear nobody vacummed when we were gone (I could've created a whole new dog with all the hair that was around the house lol)


I should also mention that I have 2 goldens 1 husky and a long haired Cat that all contribute to the dog/cat hair and dirt found throughout the house :p


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Yes - I am in the market for a new vaccum. I wanna to know more about Roomba - I dont think it is heavy duty from the look at it. I may be wrong though.
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Yes - I am in the market for a new vaccum. I wanna to know more about Roomba - I dont think it is heavy duty from the look at it. I may be wrong though.
There was a thread on here a few months back that got me interested. People said with regular use they could limit heavy duty vacuuming to once a week. Didnt do it all and had to be cleaned out regularly but was a big help. I think it will helP with keeping the dust down.
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I do have to change the furnace filter more often--I know if I forgot to change it when it I see the dust quickly accumulating. Could you get one of those carpets by the door that's supposed to trap dirt? I've got cheap throws that I wash weekly but have been contemplating a better rug.
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I try to vacuum every day. I have a Bissell Powerforce. It was only $40.00 and the amount of hair it picks up daily is unbelievable. I also make sure I change my air filter monthly and that seem to help. Also, I absolutely can't live without my swiffer sweeper vacuum on my hardwood floors and tile. It gets up all the dust and hair and keeping the floors clean greatly helps lower the amount of dusting I have to do.
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We vacuum when we can - not on a regular schedule. One big help is that we have little or no carpeting so a quick pick up is a breeze. The heating/cooling system seems to blow hair into predictable spots in the house. When I am in a hurry I use the extension hose to suck up the hair globs and I don't waste time doing the entire area.
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I just bought a backpack style vacuum - a Proteam Super Coach HEPA. It has a 50 foot cord, so I can plug it in and wander around the house. The suction is incredible. Since it is looks like a power tool, my kids were practically fighting over who could vacuum the stairs one day.

I probably vacuum a couple of times a week with it. With the snow and mud seasons, we end up mopping a lot too. Good Housekeeping would not be calling us for tips however.
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