Oh- so sad, I know….. to list as a favorite thing the best tools to clean your floors…… but truly- when the kids have tracked in mountains of dirt, and the dog has done his part to drag it all throughout the house….. almost nothing makes me happier than to be able to restore my home to its natural order (notice that I said…. almost nothing makes me happier...)
And to do that- you need the right tools for the job! We bought our Dyson Animal vacuum cleaner six years ago, when we were doing a big renovation on our house (who knew that when we bought this house 11 years ago that 3 bedrooms wasn't going to be enough?)… and that vacuum sucked up pounds and pounds of construction dust- not to mention the occasional nail! And six years later- it is still going strong…. I can't recommend this vacuum highly enough!
And for years I had been a fan of the Shark Steam Mop- I love not using chemicals in my house, and that I can just wash the cleaning cloths after each use…. but after only three years, I have been through two Sharks- and I think that they should be built to last a bit better than that. So recently I purchased my first Eureka Enviro Steam Mop- and so far I have been very pleased at how it has cleaned my floors. It definitely heats up to a hotter temperature and produces a lot of steam, my only criticism is that the mop pads could be more absorbent to pick up more of the steamed-off dirt. But overall I am quite pleased.
Sorry that this isn't an idea for a romantic-type of gift- but trust me- with these two bad boys in your cleaning closet- you will have the cleanest floors in town!