Lois Volta responded to a reader’s question on Facebook. We are re-posting to make sure everyone can see it.
I never really feel like my floors are clean with the dirty city making its way in (robot vacuum and all). I was thinking about taking my shoes off at the door but don’t want a pile of shoes as soon as you walk into my house and could foresee this being an issue. Any suggestions?
Lois: Dirt will come into the home, and this is OK. Be at peace with this when settling into a floor cleaning routine. I encourage people to deep clean ‘problem’ areas, thus setting the reset button, and then watch what happens. Pay attention to how you wipe your feet, where you put your shoes, whether there is an entry mat to collect dirt, etc.
We vacuum or sweep our high traffic entryway every few days and wipe it down once a week. We don’t have a set cleaning day or rigid schedule—we take note of when the floor starts to look dirty and squeeze in a cleaning when we can. (It only takes a couple of minutes—it really doesn’t have to feel like a chore.)