You know how you get fixated on something and you just have to have it? That’s how we felt when we renovated our kitchen last summer. We had to have dark wood flooring installed throughout the house. We didn’t even consider other options.
But you know what? Maintaining dark wood floors is a HUGE PAIN IN THE ASS. We have two dogs, a preschooler, and we live above a busy street that kicks up a lot of debris. We weren’t worried about nicks and scratches because we chose a “distressed” finish but HOLY dog hair, dust, and water spots! It drives me BANANAS. We never saw any of these things when we had tile but every speck is visible on the wood floor – especially when the sun shines in during the morning hours and it’s the first thing I see when I stumble into the kitchen.
My husband makes fun of me for owning every kind of floor sweeper to man but I’m always convinced one of them will eventually work. He says it’s an operator fail (and he might be right).
Let me introduce you to my new boyfriend. It’s an Oreck Orbiter and I might be in love. I rented this bad boy from my local vacuum store. I didn’t know exactly what I planned to do with it but I knew the soft cleaning pad would “buff” off any water spot or streak. It worked WONDERS. But, I had to return it and it’s all I can think about since.
Like those wood floors, I’ve convinced myself that I must have an Oreck Orbiter of my own. I even found a couple of used ones on Craigslist and someone’s got birthday money burning a hole in her pocket.
Am I CRAZY? Would you buy a floor cleaner for your birthday? If you have dark wood floors PLEASE TELL me how you keep them clean?
I was not compensated to write this post about the fabulous Oreck Orbiter. I shelled out $19.95 per day to rent this bad boy.