We are a week away from finishing our den remodel and installing our bedroom flooring. In the midst of these projects we are keeping things pretty clean using our new Eureka SuctionSeal 2.0.
It’s lightweight, and it can be used on various surfaces. As you will see shortly, we have a variety of surfaces in our home right now.
In between finishing the trim in the den, painting and installing floors in the bedroom, we still have everyday messes.
With just about every laundry load, we have recycled tissue thanks to my teenager who rarely empties his pockets. He has the most aggressive allergies in the house and uses a lot of tissue, which I don’t mind. I just wish he’d empty it out of his pockets before putting his clothes in the laundry basket.
Everyone loads laundry and no one wants to empty his used tissue from his pockets, so we always end up with washed and dried tissue on the couch and the floor after folding laundry.
Most of the mess this weekend wasn’t from tissue, though, it was saw and cement dust.
We’ve done so much sanding and sawing this weekend, but the epic mess that could have resulted didn’t.
As we cut the trim and prepped sections of the floor, I vacuumed up the messes. The vacuum tube on the Eureka SuctionSeal 2.0 is wider than most, allowing more air flow to quickly suck up debris.
We should be finished the floors after Thanksgiving and then we’ll move on to the floors on our main level.
Most of our main level is carpeted and is the main type of surface we’ve had since moving into our home twelve years ago. Back then we had two kids, ages seven and two. We later had two more and they all learned to keep the house clean.
We taught them to clean the floors early on because they were the biggest contributors to the messes.
Back then vacuums weren’t as sophisticated and would blow trash under the furniture and appliances. The good thing about the Eureka SuctionSeal 2.0 is the suction seal stays in contact with the floor preventing food and trash from being blown around.
My children are now twenty, fourteen, twelve, and ten. They learned to vacuum around five years old. They first learned by using the handheld vacuum tools and later the vacuum itself.
Before I show you more progress pictures, here are some tips for teaching kids to clean floors properly.
1. Remove clutter
Make sure they know what clutter is. For us, it’s anything such as clothes, toys, trash cans and objects that can damage the vacuum.
2. Use visual aids
When my kids were little, I taught them to clean the carpet by sprinkling baking soda or baby powder on the carpet. They’d have to vacuum until the traces of white was no longer visible. Now that they are older, they do a great job on all of our floors.
3. Teach proper technique
Because some vacuums don’t clean the perimeter of the rooms and stairs well, teaching how to use on board cleaning tools was important. We started our children out using on board tools.
I’d vacuum the area of the carpet and they’d use the on board, vacuum tools to clean the perimeter of the room and couches. We taught them how to clean in a back and forth motion and not to skip sections just because they looked clean.
4. Reward and congratulate
Everyone likes to be acknowledged for their efforts and hard work. Remember to point out what your child did well and reinforce what needs improvement. Overall be patient with them.
My kids did a great job helping us with our weekend remodel project. From the beginning, we’ve encouraged them to learn home management skills right beside us, and our efforts are paying off.
I see them taking pride in the part they’ve played in the remodel process.
Now for some more progress pictures. Once the entire room is done, I’ll share an update.