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5 Smart Tricks for Efficiently Vacuuming Hardwood Floors

5 Smart Tricks for Efficiently Vacuuming Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors look extremely gorgeous and with proper maintenance, and can become an extremely durable and prized asset of your home. To get shiny floors, you must keep your hardwoods happy, and this can be done only through appropriate cleaning techniques.

Vacuuming is one of the best procedures for making these floors sparkling clean, and your job is more than half done when you have the best hardwood floor vacuum. Nevertheless, it won’t be out of place to discuss some tips for more efficient vacuuming.

1. Attack the corners first

Hardwood floors, however shiny they might be, invite a great amount of dust in due course of time. This dust tends to accumulate more at the corners.

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So as you are cleaning a particular room, you must ensure that the corners are cleaned first, and then the middle portion is addressed. Although it seems a very easy task, a number of people tend to ignore this simple thing, and fail to achieve the desired results.

If you begin cleaning or vacuuming from the middle, the dust will go and rest at the corners, which is not possible once you start off from the corners. So, you must try out this trick.

2. Prevent dusty objects

Wood has an extremely friendly relation with dust, so you will find it quite difficult to clean hardwood floors properly if dusty items are continually allowed in the room.

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Given this, the first thing on your priority list should be to see that no dirty shoes are allowed inside. One of the best ways to do this is to place a shoe hanger just at the entrance to the room so that all outside shoes can be placed over the hanger.

You will really be surprised to see how much this simple initiative brings down the level of dust in the room.

3. Maintain regularity in vacuuming

Generally, you do not vacuum your house frequently. Houses are usually clean, and you are required to keep this cleanliness intact by occasional polishing. However, this theory does not apply when you have hardwood floors.

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These floors remain shiny and good-looking only with regular cleaning, and you will get the best results if the floor is cleaned a minimum of once every three days.

In the long run you will find that this reduces the work load considerably and there is a lesser amount of dust gathering on the hardwood floors, keeping them sparkling.

4. Go for wet mopping

Dry dusting is the common thing to do but at times it is good to go for wet mopping. One of the major advantages of wet mopping is that it allows the dirt to settle on the floor.

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So when you are cleaning the floor with a vacuum cleaner, your job would become easier, as the dust won’t fly around. It is advisable to carry out wet mopping one day in advance of using the vacuum cleaner to get the highest level of cleaning.

This is one of the best tricks to maintain hardwood floors.

5. Keep water away

Although this particular tip is not directly related to vacuuming, it is worth taking into consideration if you have hardwood floors. Water can damage your hardwood floor by ruining its finish as well as seeping through any pores within the wood and staining or warping it. So, whenever you are expecting rain, close the doors and windows.

Also, keep potted plants in trays and wipe off any spilled water. Even if you are wet mopping the floor, make sure that no water accumulates.

These are some of the proven methods for efficiently cleaning hardwood floors. Follow these tips and rest assured they will work for your floor.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

Why is goal setting important?

1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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What you truly want and need

Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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