With four kids at home, the vacuuming and sweeping is never ending. I jumped at a chance to do a sponsored post that would help me to clean even better than I normally do. This #EurekaPower Suction Seal shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
We used to have dirt goblins in my house.
Yes, you read that right. I was fully convinced that each night as we slept soundly in our beds, someone was sprinkling dirt all over my house. It was the only explanation we could come up with for why we would wake up and have to sweep the floor each morning, even though we swept right before bed! So, before the kids got up we’d have to sweep again, and by the afternoon the kids would have the floor looking like the photo above.
As a work-from-home I have to find a balance between being productive in my work and keeping my home in order. Naturally, sweeping 6 times a day isn’t very efficient for either side. I really needed something that was faster and easier, so I picked up the Eureka SuctionSeal 2.0 vacuum from my local Walmart. It features a variety of tools for any job, and adjusts to work on any floor.
I’ve had vacuums that claimed to be adjustable for multiple floor types, so I was a little skeptical that it would get my laminate floors really clean. First, I tried it on the mess my kids made, and it worked! Then, I decided to challenge it a little bit and I grabbed every house cleaner’s worst nightmare:
With the vacuum set to the bare floor setting and the brush roll on, I went for it. And you know what? It got every dang tiny piece of that glitter off the floor.
Shortly after my little experiment, my two year old found the glitter and poured the rest of it on floor and couch. With the SuctionSeal 2.0 already out and still plugged in, I was able to have his little accident cleaned up in less than a minute.
Anyway, back to the dirt goblins. We actually figured it was some combination of air moving dust around the house, and us tracking it from other rooms that was the culprit. So I came up with some ways to combat it.
1. Do a quick run-through of all of the rooms in the house. You don’t have to move things around or anything crazy, but just a quick once over of all of the floors with a vacuum will help reduce the amount of dirt you track around.
2. Wear fuzzy socks. I know it sounds weird but it totally helps! The fuzz traps the dirt on the bottom of your socks rather than spreading it all over the floor. At the end of the day your floor is still clean and the socks go in the washer!
3. Keep shoes out. Having a place for shoes on the porch, just inside the front door, or in the garage, will help keep the outside dirt outside where it belongs.
4. Limit food outside the kitchen and dining room. Easier said than done. I know. But obviously the less rooms that people are allowed to eat in, the less crumbs and dirt you’ll find.
5. Clean the couch often. Couches loooove to hide dirt in all of their crevices. When people are sitting down and getting up all day, the dirt inside the couch can get spread around. Make sure to take the cushions off if you can and shake them out and vacuum underneath them as often as possible.
6. Dust everywhere! Once a week just take a duster to everything. Make the kids do it. Hire someone else to do it. Whatever works best for you is fine, but the important thing is just to lessen the amount of dust hanging around. As it accumulates it’ll fall down from its hiding spaces and spread around the house, so it’s best to just nip it in the bud if you have the time.
7. Mop often. As I’ve mentioned before, I hate mopping. But I started going over the laminate floors with my mop at night before bed. It picks up the super fine dust and dirt that may have been left behind, plus I feel more accomplished seeing a shiny floor before I go to sleep.
8. Don’t forget hallways and stairs. Both are high-traffic areas! I usually vacuum the hallway at the same time I do the kids’ room because they are right across from each other. The stairs, however, are the bane of my existence. The stair and upholstery attachment on the SuctionSeal 2.0 vacuum makes cleaning them so much easier, which in turn keeps the dirt in check.
9. Quality tools do a quality job. Sure, any old mop, broom, and vacuum will do the trick. But if you invest in really good ones, they’ll pay for themselves by making your life easier. And good doesn’t have to break the bank. All three of mine combined are under $200 thanks to rollbacks at Walmart. The SuctionSeal is currently $129, down from the original price of $148.88.
This vacuum can handle any epic mess, and is perfect for getting rid of the dirt goblins in your house too. Not convinced? See it in action!