During the holidays we had guest in and out of the house on a regular basis- which I love. Entertaining is a newfound love these last couple years. Unfortunately, we also had a LOT of rain, and a dog who is less careful about wiping his feet when he comes in the door. I was appalled at the amount of mud tracked across my wood flooring!
Enter the Swiffer. My floor cleaning routine is this: Sweep with a broom to get loose dust, dirt and leaves (and bunches of strings pulled from the aforementioned dog's rope toys). Use a dry Swiffer pad to get more dust, dirt, and dog hair. Always. Lots of dog hair. Then use a wet Swiffer pad to shine the floors and get the stuck-on mud up.
This would be a fairly expensive routine, wasting all those Swiffer pads, except for my discovery: You can wash the dry Swiffer pads. They don't have to be disposable! I reuse mine many, many times, and a box of the cloths lasts a very long time. The wet ones do need to be thrown out after use, but I'm glad to find them at Costco!
* This topic is at the front of my mind right now as I went through this whole process very thoroughly TWICE this weekend, and will again twice this week, while normally I only clean the floors thoroughly once a week.