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How to Keep Your Floors Clean With Little Kids

This post about how to keep your floors clean with little kids is the fourth in a series of homemaking posts that will be going live over the next several days.

All of them are linked below and will be available once they are live.

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I don’t know about you, but one of my constant struggles is keeping the floors clean in this stage of life with little kids.

There seems to constantly be SOMETHING on the floor that doesn’t belong there.

Crumbs make their way all over the house, there are grass clippings, bits of note paper, toys, shoes, clothing…basically everything you could imagine.

And it can be a challenge to keep on top of it all

There have been times when I’ve wanted to just give up and accept the fact that we’re going to have sticky, gross floors for the foreseeable future.

However, over time I’ve come up with certain hacks that really do make it possible to keep your floors clean with little kids.

Most of them are very simple and straightforward. As with most things, it can take time to get into the swing of new habits, but once you’ve established them, it’ll really pay off!

#1 Limit Food to Certain Areas

This has been something that I’ve always wanted to do and have had a fairly strict rule about from the get-go.

I don’t like my kids walking around snacking all day long. And if it is meal time, they need to be sitting at the dining room table.

If you’re sick of cleaning up an excess of crumbs and food off of the floor of your house, try limiting “eating spots” for your kids.

For the most part, my children are only allowed to consume food at the dining room table.

Sometimes we have movie nights or special occasions where they eat in the living room, but that is the exception and not the rule.

Related: 7 Tips for Decorating When You Have Kids

It definitely helps to keep the food mess contained, although they do somehow still manage to get crumbs in places you would hardly believe.

#2 Invest in a Decent Vacuum

There are just some things in this life that are worth every cent you spend on them.

For me, one of those things is a vacuum cleaner.

I have the Dyson V10 and decided to purchase it after hearing many a mom rave on about it.

Let me tell you…it is life changing!


Previous to the Dyson, I used the Electrolux Ultrasilencer. And that is a really good vacuum, don’t get me wrong.

We’ve had it for about 4 years and it is still going just fine. The suction is great and it is nice and quiet so it never scared my kids (never fun to have a screaming baby AND a vacuum going at the same time!).

However, I was getting tired of lugging it from room to room and having to plug it in to several different outlets to get the entire house vacuumed.

The Dyson did away with all the tediousness of my previous vacuum and it does a spectacular job of sucking up all the grossness from my floors.

My mom has one and loves it for cleaning up the pet hair, I have one (cleaning up after 3 kids under 5), and a good friend with 7 children has one and LOVES it.

Check it out HERE. If it is under $600 it is a REALLY good deal! I cannot recommend it highly enough.

dirty shoes

#3 Ban Shoes Inside

I live in New Zealand where it is common curtesy to remove your shoes when you enter someone’s home.

I understand that it is a foreign concept in other countries, but honestly, it does make a big difference when it comes to keeping your floors clean.

If your floors are cold, encourage your children to wear socks or slippers indoors.

By banning shoes inside you’re going to cut down on all the dirt that will potentially be spread across your floors.

#4 Splurge on a Robot Vacuum

These were once considered real luxury items but you can actually get your hands on a robot vacuum for a really affordable price now.

And they’re good at what they do!

If you get one that can be put on a timer (basically all of them can) then you can set it to run when you’re either out of the home or at night while you’re sleeping.

A robot vacuum won’t replace your main vacuum entirely, but you’ll probably only have to whip out your regular vacuum out once a week as opposed to several times a day.

In the past I we owned the iLife and I cannot say enough good things about it.

It wasn’t until my husband let it loose on the renovation dust (without me knowing!) that it gave up the ghost.

For regular cleaning, it’ll last you a good long while and it is super affordable. Check it out HERE.

keeping floors clean mopping

#5 Mop at Least Once a Week

Food on floors just means that they need mopping more often. Period.

I personally don’t love mopping, but it is a necessary evil while the children are young and dropping stuff on the floor constantly.

I like to do a quick mop under the baby’s highchair after every meal. Sometimes I use a wet paper towel if it is just spot cleaning, but other times, this is a handy tool to use.

For my weekly mop, I use this kind and have done for years with no issues.

#6 Scrub Your Floors Every 6 Months

Okay, don’t judge but I got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed my kitchen floor for the first time in 3 YEARS the other day.

Don’t be like me…do yours every 6 months.


Because it was DISGUSTING. Like, I was totally grossed out at the state of them.

You see, they didn’t really seem dirty to look at, but they were feeling sticky underfoot even after a good mop.

That’s why I took the scrubbing brush to them.

I used my DIY cleaning spray that I talk about in this post and just some hot water and a brush.

It didn’t take long to realise that the floor was actually supposed to be a couple of shades lighter than it currently was *gag*.

Anyway, it came out beautiful and clean with zero stickiness after just a bit of elbow grease.

If you want to avoid the gross factor that I had to deal with, I highly recommend doing it every 6 months or so.

cleaner to help with keeping the floors clean

#7 Have a Ready-to-Grab Cleaner

I mentioned my DIY cleaner just above but seriously, it is something that I use all of the time and would recommend you set up.

You don’t have to use the same cleaner as me (but you can find how to make it at the end of this post), but I do recommend choosing a do-it-all cleaner to have on hand.

Keep it in a spray bottle and house it somewhere that is close at hand so that you can grab it whenever you need to clean up spills and other messes.

We have a lot of carpet in our home and the only way I manage to keep it clean with a preschooler, toddler & reflux baby is by spot cleaning whenever I need to using my DIY cleaner.

#8 Use the Bissell Vacuum & Steam Mop

Did you know that you can vacuum AND mop at the same time?! Yeah, me neither until I saw this product recommended.

It is the Bissell Vacuum and Steam Mop and it does exactly as it says.

If you’re like me and find it hard to nail down a time to both vacuum and mop, this may solve your issue.

Check it out HERE.

#9 Encourage Your Children to Help

In our home we teach that if you make a mess, you clean it up.

We do help and support each other, but we ALL hold responsibility for our actions.

I do not want my children raised to believe that moms are slaves to their families. Instead, I want them to understand consequences, responsibility, and teamwork.

If your children have made a mess, encourage them to clean it up. Don’t do it all for them.

My 4-year old is more than happy to help vacuum, pick up his toys, and clean up spills that he makes because that is the expectation we’ve put on him.

Of course, I do a lot of cleaning up for him as well, but he is doing his best for where his abilities lie.

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