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  1. #1
    The Victors
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    Default There has got to be a better way to vacuum and mop my floors.....pl




    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">We recently
    pulled all the carpet from the house and replaced it with engineered hard wood
    floors, and ceramic tile. I was against the laminate wood because I was
    scared it would not hold up to our 3 messy kids, my clumsy but loveable husband
    and our now five dogs:
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">A 6 year old female
    housetrained shih Tzu, a now marking the house after almost 2 years of being
    here (due to a new male puppy) 2 year old male miniature dachshund, an 18 week
    old (approx) toy miniature female dachshund (both were rescue dogs), and just
    recently added 9 week old brother and sister mixed lab puppies.
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">All but the labs
    are fixed and they are scheduled to get fixed Friday.
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">My husband was
    against hard wood because of the cost, but I don’t feel the engineered
    wood is much better than laminate, but we agreed to disagree and we have
    engineered wood.
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">Anyway…. As
    you can imagine, we have several accidents a day due to potty training.
    We have doggy doors that go through the laundry room, into the garage, and then
    out the back door but I also park the car in the garage and the new puppies do
    not get the concept of not running out nor getting out of the way of the
    car. So, we run the puppies out of the back door that currently only has a
    metal door and a brand new fully glass storm door. I have recommended to
    hubby we need to possibly take the new door down and either put a storm door up
    with a doggy door built in or just leave a storm door off since the door goes
    to a covered patio, and install a doggy door there since that is where we run
    them out the majority of the time. That should help with the
    potty training, we really can not expect them to go out the doggy door (even
    though they know how to use it to come in and go out sometimes) to potty if we
    are always running them out a different door. Anyway, that is a little
    history on our situation, now my question for recommendations. We are using
    a product called Nature’s Miracle, something expensive we bought from Pet’s
    Mart for the tile after we clean up the mess (it was recommended by a trainer)
    and a product called Simple Solution for the hard floors. It is suppose
    to remove the stain and odor so they won’t use the same area again.
    UMMM…. Not working very well, they potty everywhere even if the area has
    been previously sprayed, and expensive although I did find it cheaper at
    Amazon.com than Pet’s mart and I forgot to check Wal-Mart to see if they
    carry it.
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">Okay, to my
    questions……
    <![if !supportLists]><font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">1.<font size="1" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman";"> <![endif]><font color="black" face="Verdana"><span style="font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">What
    does anyone recommend if it is something other than what we are using for the floors?
    We have tried to start setting a timer to run them out and they are in a crate
    for crate training, although they will pee outside and come in 10 minutes later
    and pee in the floor. The pet’s mart trainer recommended puppy
    pads, the vet said no way, that teaches them it is okay to pee in the house, so
    I guess that is a matter of opinion. 14 years ago, successfully trained a
    terrier mix when we lived in an apartment with puppy pads, but the labs only
    chew on them and the shih Tzu lays on them like they are a cozy bed.
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">
    <![if !supportLists]><font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">2.<font size="1" face="Times New Roman"><span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman";"> <![endif]><font color="black" face="Verdana"><span style="font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">I
    am currently using the swiffer vacuum that you have to charge, and use the
    cleaning cloths with. (I have a yellow dyson vacuum that I got a great
    deal on during Christmas and I used it everyday on our carpet due to the carpet
    being the previous owners and was not very clean despite several attempts of
    steam cleaning it. When I switched it to bare floors, it stopped sucking up the
    crap, and just slings stuff everywhere with some kind of exhaust air that comes
    out. Then I use the swiffer wet jet along with the cleaning pads and the
    solution for tile and hard wood. I can go over the entire area, then take
    a wet paper towel and wipe down a piece of tile and it is brown and
    dirty. I can’t afford all this solution here, wipes there, spray,
    etc. What kind of vacuum cleaner is specifically designed to be used on bare
    floors? Would it be a canister vacuum? One that doesn’t
    require bags or cleaning cloths would be ideal, but if it works great, I can
    manage. And what about the mopping? Is there a better way to get
    the floors clean? I know with 3 kids and five dogs (the dogs always come
    in dirty and muddy due to an apparent monsoon season we are having here in Oklahoma)
    To keep our socks from being black, it will probably require daily vacuuming
    and mopping. I have been looking at the Hoover Floor mates and the Hoover canister vacuums.

    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">I just want

    something that works great the first time, that doesn’t run out of power
    and needs to be recharged before I get through the whole house; that doesn’t
    require multiple pads and several bottles of cleaner a month (our house is 1580
    Square feet) but we keep the bedrooms and bathrooms closed off so the daily
    cleaning area is not that large.
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">What can anyone
    recommend? I am not a Martha Stewart type of clean freak, but I do enjoy
    a nice clean house, it helps deal with the craziness of homeschooling and
    everything else. I look forward sitting on the edge of my seat with your
    experienced tools and recommendations.
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">Melissa in OK





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  2. #2
    Nancy Jacobs
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    Someday, I hope to get a SCUBA which is like a ROOMBA. (Hope I spelled both those right). I have relatives and friends who sware by them. Sounds like the SCUBA would work for you. Next, I don't think maybe you used enough of the Nature's Miracle. That stuff worked great for me. Keep up with the crate training and eventually they will learn. I wish you lots of luck, Nancy J.

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  3. #3
    Shannon
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    They have another model now that is a lawn mower. LOL Too funny!!
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    Someday, I hope to get a SCUBA which is like a ROOMBA. (Hope I spelled both those right). I have relatives and friends who sware by them. Sounds like the SCUBA would work for you.



  4. #4
    Kanette
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    <div style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><DIV style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I have all hard surfaces in my house and use the Hover FloorMate on both my wood and tile floors and just love it!!! The vacuum part is not the best so I use my regular vacuum (I also have a Dyson, but the one for animals that rides on the ball - I don't have any problems with mine on the floors) first on the floors and then the FloorMate. Also a good in between quick picker upper is getting a good dust mop and going over the floors with thata couple times a day. Good luck with the dogs (we have 3 that love to be in all day with me and then leave me doggie hair tumble weeds rolling though my house!!!)


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    <DIV class="Section1">
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">
    We recently pulled all the carpet from the house and replaced it with engineered hard wood floors, and ceramic tile. I was against the laminate wood because I was scared it would not hold up to our 3 messy kids, my clumsy but loveable husband and our now five dogs:
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">A 6 year old female housetrained shih Tzu, a now marking the house after almost 2 years of being here (due to a new male puppy) 2 year old male miniature dachshund, an 18 week old (approx) toy miniature female dachshund (both were rescue dogs), and just recently added 9 week old brother and sister mixed lab puppies.
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">All but the labs are fixed and they are scheduled to get fixed Friday.
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">My husband was against hard wood because of the cost, but I don’t feel the engineered wood is much better than laminate, but we agreed to disagree and we have engineered wood.
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">Anyway…. As you can imagine, we have several accidents a day due to potty training. We have doggy doors that go through the laundry room, into the garage, and then out the back door but I also park the car in the garage and the new puppies do not get the concept of not running out nor getting out of the way of the car. So, we run the puppies out of the back door that currently only has a metal door and a brand new fully glass storm door. I have recommended to hubby we need to possibly take the new door down and either put a storm door up with a doggy door built in or just leave a storm door off since the door goes to a covered patio, and install a doggy door there since that is where we run them out the majority of the time. That should help with the potty training, we really can not expect them to go out the
    doggy door (even though they know how to use it to come in and go out sometimes) to potty if we are always running them out a different door. Anyway, that is a little history on our situation, now my question for recommendations. We are using a product called Nature’s Miracle, something expensive we bought from Pet’s Mart for the tile after we clean up the mess (it was recommended by a trainer) and a product called Simple Solution for the hard floors. It is suppose to remove the stain and odor so they won’t use the same area again. UMMM…. Not working very well, they potty everywhere even if the area has been previously sprayed, and expensive although I did find it cheaper at Amazon.com than Pet’s mart and I forgot to check Wal-Mart to see if they carry it.
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">Okay, to my questions……
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;"><SPAN>1.<FONT face="Times New Roman" size="1"><SPAN style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;FONT-SIZE: 7pt;FONT-STYLE: normal;FONT-VARIANT: normal;"> <FONT face="Verdana" color="black"> windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">What does anyone recommend if it is something other than what we are using for the floors? We have tried to start setting a timer to run them out and they are in a crate for crate training, although they will pee outside and come in 10 minutes later and pee in the floor. The pet’s mart trainer recommended puppy pads, the vet said no way, that teaches them it is okay to pee in the house, so I guess that is a matter of opinion. 14 years ago, successfully trained a terrier mix when we lived in an apartment with puppy pads, but the labs only
    chew on them and the shih Tzu lays on them like they are a cozy bed.
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;"><SPAN>2.<FONT face="Times New Roman" size="1"><SPAN style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal;FONT-SIZE: 7pt;FONT-STYLE: normal;FONT-VARIANT: normal;"> <FONT face="Verdana" color="black"> windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">I am currently using the swiffer vacuum that you have to charge, and use the cleaning cloths with. (I have a yellow dyson vacuum that I got a great deal on during Christmas and I used it everyday on our carpet due to the carpet being the previous owners and was not very clean despite several attempts of steam cleaning it. When I switched it to bare floors, it stopped sucking up the crap, and just slings stuff everywhere with some kind of exhaust air that comes out. Then I use the swiffer wet jet along with the cleaning pads and the solution for tile
    and hard wood. I can go over the entire area, then take a wet paper towel and wipe down a piece of tile and it is brown and dirty. I can’t afford all this solution here, wipes there, spray, etc. What kind of vacuum cleaner is specifically designed to be used on bare floors? Would it be a canister vacuum? One that doesn’t require bags or cleaning cloths would be ideal, but if it works great, I can manage. And what about the mopping? Is there a better way to get the floors clean? I know with 3 kids and five dogs (the dogs always come in dirty and muddy due to an apparent monsoon season we are having here in Oklahoma) To keep our socks from being black, it will probably require daily vacuuming and mopping. I have been looking at the Hoover Floor mates and the Hoover canister vacuums.
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">I just want something that works great the first time, that doesn’t run out of power and needs to be recharged before I get through the whole house; that doesn’t require multiple pads and several bottles of cleaner a month (our house is 1580 Square feet) but we keep the bedrooms and bathrooms closed off so the daily cleaning area is not that large.
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">What can anyone recommend? I am not a Martha Stewart type of clean freak, but I do enjoy a nice clean house, it helps deal with the craziness of homeschooling and everything else. I look forward sitting on the edge of my seat with your experienced tools and recommendations.
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">
    <FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">Melissa in OK



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  5. #5
    Herlean
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    I have heard that wood floors and dogs don't mix. We are going to pull up all of our carpet and are thinking of Pergo for some of the floors, tile for other portions. I can't wait to be rid of wall-to-wall carpeting in the majority of our rooms. Haven't decided yet on the kids rooms. Since they are (will be) young and crawl/spend a lot of time on the floors, I am debating putting wood floors in their rooms. Any tips? I would suggest that you get a damp mop for the pee accidents with the dogs and get to them as soon as possible. I have not yet had wood floors, so I don't know if that will work or not. The danger, I would think is off pee running into the seems and being permanent mess in your home. Did the floor manufacturer website recommend anything? Some have 1-800 numbers you can call and get advice on how to treat their product. Good luck with everything! Sounds like really busy household there! We have one toddler and a baby on the way, and now, one cat. Herlean

    The Victors <dvictor1@cox.net> wrote: <DIV class="Section1"> <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">We recently pulled all the carpet from the house and replaced it with engineered hard wood floors, and ceramic tile. I was against the laminate wood because I was scared it would not hold up to our 3 messy kids, my clumsy but loveable husband and our now five dogs: <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;"> <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">A 6 year old female housetrained shih Tzu, a now marking the house after almost 2 years of being here (due to a new male puppy) 2 year old male miniature dachshund, an 18 week old (approx) toy miniature female dachshund (both were rescue dogs), and just recently added 9 week old brother and sister mixed lab puppies. <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">All but the labs are fixed and they are scheduled to get fixed Friday. <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;"> <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">My husband was against hard wood because of the cost, but I
    don’t feel the engineered wood is much better than laminate, but we agreed to disagree and we have engineered wood. <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;"> <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">Anyway…. As you can imagine, we have several accidents a day due to potty training. We have doggy doors that go through the laundry room, into the garage, and then out the back door but I also park the car in the garage and the new puppies do not get the concept of not running out nor getting out of the way of the car. So, we run the puppies out of the back door that currently only has a metal door and a brand new fully glass storm door. I have recommended to hubby we need to possibly take the new door down
    and either put a storm door up with a doggy door built in or just leave a storm door off since the door goes to a covered patio, and install a doggy door there since that is where we run them out the majority of the time. That should help with the potty training, we really can not expect them to go out the doggy door (even though they know how to use it to come in and go out sometimes) to potty if we are always running them out a different door. Anyway, that is a little history on our situation, now my question for recommendations. We are using a product called Nature’s Miracle, something expensive we bought from Pet’s Mart for the tile after we clean up the mess (it was recommended by a trainer) and a product called Simple Solution for the hard floors. It is suppose to remove the stain and odor so they won’t use the same area again. UMMM…. Not working very well, they potty everywhere even if the area has been previously sprayed,
    and expensive although I did find it cheaper at Amazon.com than Pet’s mart and I forgot to check Wal-Mart to see if they carry it. <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;"> <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">Okay, to my questions…… <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;"><SPAN>1.<FONT face="Times New Roman" size="1"><SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';"> <FONT face="Verdana" color="black"> windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">What does
    anyone recommend if it is something other than what we are using for the floors? We have tried to start setting a timer to run them out and they are in a crate for crate training, although they will pee outside and come in 10 minutes later and pee in the floor. The pet’s mart trainer recommended puppy pads, the vet said no way, that teaches them it is okay to pee in the house, so I guess that is a matter of opinion. 14 years ago, successfully trained a terrier mix when we lived in an apartment with puppy pads, but the labs only chew on them and the shih Tzu lays on them like they are a cozy bed. <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;"> <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE:
    12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;"><SPAN>2.<FONT face="Times New Roman" size="1"><SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman';"> <FONT face="Verdana" color="black"> windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">I am currently using the swiffer vacuum that you have to charge, and use the cleaning cloths with. (I have a yellow dyson vacuum that I got a great deal on during Christmas and I used it everyday on our carpet due to the carpet being the previous owners and was not very clean despite several attempts of steam cleaning it. When I switched it to bare floors, it stopped sucking up the crap, and just slings stuff everywhere with some kind of exhaust air that comes out. Then I use the swiffer wet jet along with the cleaning pads and the solution for tile and hard wood. I can go over the entire area, then take a wet paper towel and wipe down a piece of tile and it is brown
    and dirty. I can’t afford all this solution here, wipes there, spray, etc. What kind of vacuum cleaner is specifically designed to be used on bare floors? Would it be a canister vacuum? One that doesn’t require bags or cleaning cloths would be ideal, but if it works great, I can manage. And what about the mopping? Is there a better way to get the floors clean? I know with 3 kids and five dogs (the dogs always come in dirty and muddy due to an apparent monsoon season we are having here in Oklahoma) To keep our socks from being black, it will probably require daily vacuuming and mopping. I have been looking at the Hoover Floor mates and the Hoover canister vacuums. <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;"> <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">I just want something that works great the first time, that doesn’t run out of power and needs to be recharged before I get through the whole house; that doesn’t require multiple pads and several bottles of cleaner a month (our house is 1580 Square feet) but we keep the bedrooms and bathrooms closed off so the daily cleaning area is not that large. <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;"> <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">What can anyone recommend? I am not a Martha Stewart type
    of clean freak, but I do enjoy a nice clean house, it helps deal with the craziness of homeschooling and everything else. I look forward sitting on the edge of my seat with your experienced tools and recommendations. <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;"> <div class="MsoNormal"><FONT face="Verdana" color="black" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR: windowtext;FONT-FAMILY: Verdana;">Melissa in OK
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  6. #6
    armstrca
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    Default There has got to be a better way to vacuum and mop my floors.....pl


    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="679084017-31072007">If it is feasible, I would go with tile instead - the porcelain (not just ceramic type). Porcelain is much stronger and the color is all the way through it. Plain ceramic only has a color glaze on top of it and if chipped, the unglazed color will show through. You don't have to worry about the dogs or kids then - just dropping things - cause they will shatter. For the kids, if you slab isn't bad, you *could* paint and seal the cement. It makes cleanup easy and wouldn't matter if they didn't spill anything.







    From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Herlean
    Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:34 AM
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : There has got to be a better way to vacuum and mop my floors.....please advise!!!! need inside dog lovers and hard floor and tile owners please ....long....sorry...<SPAN class="679084017-31072007">
    <SPAN class="679084017-31072007">
    I have heard that wood floors and dogs don't mix. We are going to pull up all of our carpet and are thinking of Pergo for some of the floors, tile for other portions. I can't wait to be rid of wall-to-wall carpeting in the majority of our rooms. Haven't decided yet on the kids rooms. Since they are (will be) young and crawl/spend a lot of time on the floors, I am debating putting wood floors in their rooms. Any tips?
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  7. #7
    southbristolt
    Guest

    Default There has got to be a better way to vacuum and mop my floors.....pl


    <TD id="INCREDITEXTREGION" style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;DIRECTION: ltr;" width="100%"> <DIV style="FONT-FAMILY: Comic Sans MS;">We purchased a home that had dogs and hardwood floors. Unfortunately, we have to rip out every piece of the hardwood flooring in this 100+ year old home. As the smell is awful. The upkeep with hardwood is difficult as it is with being scratched easily and needing to be resurfaced regularily. <DIV style="FONT-FAMILY: Comic Sans MS;"> <DIV style="FONT-FAMILY: Comic Sans MS;">In my opinion (it's just my opinion) I would not go with Pergo. They crack easily and split. I am a fan oftile that is properly installed. That is probably the key with everything, but if the floor that the tile is not level, the tile will crack and break over time if not immediately. <DIV style="FONT-FAMILY: Comic Sans MS;">
    </TD> <TD id="INCREDIANIM" vAlign="bottom" align="middle">



  8. #8
    Herlean
    Guest

    Default There has got to be a better way to vacuum and mop my floors.....pl


    I had heard that about the tile with the color all the way through. Herlean

    armstrca <carmstr1@ems.jsc.nasa.gov> wrote: <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="679084017-31072007">If it is feasible, I would go with tile instead - the porcelain (not just ceramic type). Porcelain is much stronger and the color is all the way through it. Plain ceramic only has a color glaze on top of it and if chipped, the unglazed color will show through. You don't have to worry about the dogs or kids then - just dropping things - cause they will shatter. For the kids, if you slab isn't bad, you *could* paint and seal the cement. It makes cleanup easy and wouldn't matter if they didn't spill anything.
    From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Herlean
    Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:34 AM
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : There has got to be a better way to vacuum and mop my floors.....please advise!!!! need inside dog lovers and hard floor and tile owners please ....long....sorry...<SPAN class="679084017-31072007"> <SPAN class="679084017-31072007">
    I have heard that wood floors and dogs don't mix. We are going to pull up all of our carpet and are thinking of Pergo for some of the
    floors, tile for other portions. I can't wait to be rid of wall-to-wall carpeting in the majority of our rooms. Haven't decided yet on the kids rooms. Since they are (will be) young and crawl/spend a lot of time on the floors, I am debating putting wood floors in their rooms. Any tips? <excess snipped>


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  9. #9
    Herlean
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    Default There has got to be a better way to vacuum and mop my floors.....pl


    Thanks for the tips. What else would you use instead of Pergo flooring or hardwood? I don't want to use tile everywhere. I am coming to really not like wall to wall carpeting whatsoever for most of the areas of our home and I don't want my kids (very young children) to be directly on the concrete slabs. Thanks again! Herlean

    southbristolt <southbristolt@aol.com> wrote: <TD id="INCREDITEXTREGION" style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;DIRECTION: ltr;" width="100%"> <DIV style="FONT-FAMILY: Comic Sans MS;">We purchased a home that had dogs and hardwood floors. Unfortunately, we have to rip out every piece of the hardwood flooring in this 100+ year old home. As the smell is awful. The upkeep with hardwood is difficult as it is with being scratched easily and needing to be resurfaced regularily. <DIV style="FONT-FAMILY: Comic Sans MS;"> <DIV style="FONT-FAMILY: Comic Sans MS;">In my opinion (it's just my opinion) I would not go with Pergo. They crack easily and split. I am a fan oftile that is properly installed. That is probably the key with everything, but if the floor that the tile is not level, the tile will crack and
    break over time if not immediately. <DIV style="FONT-FAMILY: Comic Sans MS;">
    </TD> <TD id="INCREDIANIM" vAlign="bottom" align="middle">


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  11. #11
    Sherri Booth
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    Well, after not being careful and just trusting our loan officer, I got a

    mortgage with a high interest variable rate and a 1 yr. prepayment penalty.

    My year is almost up and I really want to refinance but, really want to know

    what I'm getting into this time. Has anybody refinanced lately? Any tips or

    suggestions for a wonderful company to work with? We're located in NJ but, I

    know some companies work with alot of different states.



    TIA!!

    Sherri



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    armstrca
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    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="374130817-01082007">I have porcelain tile everywhere in my house except for the bedrooms (tile in the bathrooms, also) - a fairly thick, not long shag carpet in my room and a type of berber carpet in the other 2 rooms.







    From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Herlean
    Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 7:19 PM
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : There has got to be a better way to vacuum and mop my floors.....please advise!!!! need inside dog lovers and hard floor and tile owners please ....long....sorry...<SPAN class="374130817-01082007">
    <SPAN class="374130817-01082007">
    What else would you use instead of Pergo flooring or hardwood? I don't want to use tile everywhere.



  13. #13
    armstrca
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    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="660121217-01082007">Do not get a variable rate - get a non-variable rate (I don't know specifically what it is called - def not an ARM (Adjustible Rate Mortgage)). Just hunt around for whoever has the best rates.







    From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Sherri Booth
    Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 8:47 AM
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Budget101.com : refinancing<SPAN class="660121217-01082007">
    <SPAN class="660121217-01082007">
    Well, after not being careful and just trusting our loan officer, I got a mortgage with a high interest variable rate and a 1 yr. prepayment penalty.



  14. #14
    Carrie Zalenski
    Guest

    Default There has got to be a better way to vacuum and mop my floors.....pl


    Thanks Mods.





    Here are a couple that I like to do. Makes me a nice

    amount of money monthly. Along with Gift cards. The

    first 2 sites are the BEST! Netwinner great gift

    cards a month and Treasure trooper I made close to

    $800 in just 5 months.



    Try them out!





    Netwinners

    After registration, you can begin winning! Pick 4 two

    digit numbers and 1 one digit bonus number and click

    the WIN!!! button. The game automatically checks your

    picks against all 9 simultaneous ways to win and

    immediately let's you know if you're a winner. You can

    win cash or valuable points that can be redeemed for

    gift cards or other great NetWinner's Partner

    merchandise.

    And it's always FREE TO PLAY!

    Please be sure to verify you account to receive the gift cards.

    http://jackpot..com/



    Treasuretrooper

    Complete some offers. Most of them are free trials

    with payouts ranging anywhere from 5 to 50 dollars!

    Once you've completed an offer, click the button next

    to it to indicate its completion. The offer will then

    be added to your 'My Pending Offers' page to await

    verification.

    As offers are verified, they are removed from the

    'My Pending Offers' page, and the money will be added

    to your 'My Treasure' page. Along with the money, you

    will receive gold coins which you can redeem at the

    trading hut for cool treasures, maps, and more.

    On the 15th-20th of each month, we will send your

    payment if you have earned a minimum of 20 dollars by

    the last day of the previous month.

    Go on treasure hunts for real cash and prizes.

    Current treasure hunt is for the lost statue of the

    Mambiko tribe and is worth $100 in real money to

    anybody who finds it. There is no limit to the amount

    of people that can find this treasure!

    http://www.treasuretrooper.com/



    For any who may have a teaching certificate but want

    to work from home,

    Educate Inc. is a terrific company to work for. They

    run Sylvan

    Learning Center's Online tutoring program and

    frequently hire because

    their business is growing. I have a girlfriend who

    worked for them for about 1 1/2 years and found them

    to be a very flexible and well-run company. I know

    that they are anticipating another large hire later

    in the summer for

    the 2007-2008 school year.

    http://www.esylvan.com/



    Surveysavvy is an excellent company paids $3 per survey

    https://www.surveysavvy.com/ss/ss_index.php?action=join





    Associated Content- You write news articles, or a

    product review,

    etc, and submitt it for review. If they like it, they

    offer to buy

    it from you. They offer you a specific amount per

    story. Just go to

    associatedcontent. com.

    Gather.com is a fun site.. it's kind of like Myspace,

    in the extent

    of how it works. It's real people, mostly adults, who

    create their

    own page. Then, you find "groups" (similiar to yahoo,

    except not

    email based) you might want to join, and you join

    them. You find

    friends (like Myspace), and "connect". You post

    stuff, ask

    questions, post pictures, comment on the stuff other

    people post,

    etc. You earn points when you post stuff. It's based

    on a lot of

    things- how many people comment, how many people read

    it, etc.

    Points cash out for gift cards- 625 points equal a

    $10 gift card to

    Borders, for example. 1565 points equal a $25 gift

    card to Borders,

    Home Depot, Omaha Steak, and more.

    Cafe Press is an online shop. You create pictures,

    cute text

    sayings, etc, and upload them onto merchandise.

    People shop in the

    store, buy something for a price you set, and then

    you get

    commission off the sale. There is a base price, like

    a mug starts

    out at $5. You raise the price, say to $7. The amount

    you raise it

    is the amount you earn in commission- $2. There is no

    cost to run a

    shop at all, and because the items are printed up as

    they are sold,

    there is no upkeep, or store stock to purchase.

    cafepress.com

    Pinecone Survey site

    And I just read about the banner being up here

    recently - like today

    and yesterday: Take surveys and get paid $5

    http://www.internetpaidsurveys.com/



    http://us.lightspeedpanel.com



    mypoints.com



    I have tons on info on these sites. So if you decide to join please let me

    know and I will share tips that I have used to help me make the most money.



    Thanks

    Carrie





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  15. #15
    Jill Coughlin
    Guest

    Default There has got to be a better way to vacuum and mop my floors.....pl


    Carrie,


    How do you do the promos w/o shelling out more money than products that
    you receive? I HATE those surveys where they ask you to answer
    yes/no to their sponsored companies. I'd like to hear more about
    the Treasure one if you don't mind.


    Thanks,


    Jill


    At 05:48 PM 8/1/2007, you wrote:


    <blockquote type="cite" class="cite" cite>Thanks Mods.




    Here are a couple that I like to do. Makes me a nice

    amount of money monthly. Along with Gift cards. The

    first 2 sites are the BEST! Netwinner great gift

    cards a month and Treasure trooper I made close to

    $800 in just 5 months.


    Try them out!




    Netwinners

    After registration, you can begin winning! Pick 4 two

    digit numbers and 1 one digit bonus number and click

    the WIN!!! button. The game automatically checks your

    picks against all 9 simultaneous ways to win and

    immediately let's you know if you're a winner. You can

    win cash or valuable points that can be redeemed for

    gift cards or other great NetWinner's Partner

    merchandise.

    And it's always FREE TO PLAY!

    Please be sure to verify you account to receive the gift cards.

    http://jackpot..com/



    Treasuretrooper

    Complete some offers. Most of them are free trials

    with payouts ranging anywhere from 5 to 50 dollars!

    Once you've completed an offer, click the button next

    to it to indicate its completion. The offer will then

    be added to your 'My Pending Offers' page to await

    verification.

    As offers are verified, they are removed from the

    'My Pending Offers' page, and the money will be added

    to your 'My Treasure' page. Along with the money, you

    will receive gold coins which you can redeem at the

    trading hut for cool treasures, maps, and more.

    On the 15th-20th of each month, we will send your

    payment if you have earned a minimum of 20 dollars by

    the last day of the previous month.

    Go on treasure hunts for real cash and prizes.

    Current treasure hunt is for the lost statue of the

    Mambiko tribe and is worth $100 in real money to

    anybody who finds it. There is no limit to the amount

    of people that can find this treasure!

    <a href="http://www.treasuretrooper.com/">
    http://www.treasuretrooper.com/</a>


    For any who may have a teaching certificate but want

    to work from home,

    Educate Inc. is a terrific company to work for. They

    run Sylvan

    Learning Center's Online tutoring program and

    frequently hire because

    their business is growing. I have a girlfriend who

    worked for them for about 1 1/2 years and found them

    to be a very flexible and well-run company. I know

    that they are anticipating another large hire later

    in the summer for

    the 2007-2008 school year.

    http://www.esylvan.com/


    Surveysavvy is an excellent company paids $3 per survey

    <a href="https://www.surveysavvy.com/ss/ss_index.php?action=join">
    https://www.surveysavvy.com/ss/ss_index.php?action=join</a>




    Associated Content- You write news articles, or a

    product review,

    etc, and submitt it for review. If they like it, they

    offer to buy

    it from you. They offer you a specific amount per

    story. Just go to

    associatedcontent. com.

    Gather.com is a fun site.. it's kind of like Myspace,

    in the extent

    of how it works. It's real people, mostly adults, who

    create their

    own page. Then, you find "groups" (similiar to yahoo,

    except not

    email based) you might want to join, and you join

    them. You find

    friends (like Myspace), and "connect". You post

    stuff, ask

    questions, post pictures, comment on the stuff other

    people post,

    etc. You earn points when you post stuff. It's based

    on a lot of

    things- how many people comment, how many people read

    it, etc.

    Points cash out for gift cards- 625 points equal a

    $10 gift card to

    Borders, for example. 1565 points equal a $25 gift

    card to Borders,

    Home Depot, Omaha Steak, and more.

    Cafe Press is an online shop. You create pictures,

    cute text

    sayings, etc, and upload them onto merchandise.

    People shop in the

    store, buy something for a price you set, and then

    you get

    commission off the sale. There is a base price, like

    a mug starts

    out at $5. You raise the price, say to $7. The amount

    you raise it

    is the amount you earn in commission- $2. There is no

    cost to run a

    shop at all, and because the items are printed up as

    they are sold,

    there is no upkeep, or store stock to purchase.

    cafepress.com

    Pinecone Survey site

    And I just read about the banner being up here

    recently - like today

    and yesterday: Take surveys and get paid $5

    <a href="http://www.internetpaidsurveys.com/">
    http://www.internetpaidsurveys.com/</a>


    <a href="http://us.lightspeedpanel.com" eudora="autourl">
    http://us.lightspeedpanel.com</a>


    mypoints.com


    I have tons on info on these sites. So if you decide to join please let
    me know and I will share tips that I have used to help me make the most
    money.


    Thanks

    Carrie




    MODS@yahoo.com wrote:

    We had more than 25 members request additional info, please feel free to
    send the info to the list.


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