Cleaning Dirt from Hardwood Floor
LESLIE: Barbie in Missouri has a question about flooring. How can we help you?BARBIE: Hi. I have a hardwood floor in my kitchen that has dirt between the planks, in the cracks.TOM: OK.BARBIE: And I wanted to know if I could use a steam cleaner to clean those cracks.TOM: Hmm.LESLIE: I wouldn’t …TOM: I don’t think you want to use steam on a wood floor.LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Wood floor.BARBIE: OK.TOM: And I don’t think steam is going to help you get that dirt out. A very powerful vacuum would and your typical …LESLIE: With a correct attachment.TOM: Yeah. I mean your typical residential floor vacuum may not but if you were to use a big, like wet/dry vacuum, that would probably do a lot better job of getting some of that stuff out. What you might have to do is take like a knife and, if it’s got a bit of a gap, sort of draw the knife down there and break it up a little bit; because with everything that gets stuck on a floor, it kind of solidifies that dirt. You may have to loosen it up to get it to lift out.BARBIE: Yeah, it’s a big kitchen. I was trying to find an easy way.TOM: Yeah. I don’t think you’re going to be real happy using a steam cleaner. I mean it may not hurt it but I just don’t see how it’s going to help.LESLIE: I just feel like if you introduce the steam and the moisture and the heat …TOM: (overlapping voices) And the heat.LESLIE: … it’s going to just warp and twist and may cause a whole bunch of other problems.TOM: (overlapping voices) Yeah. Exactly.BARBIE: Well, I was worried about that but then I watch the infomercials and, like magic, it cleans it all up. (Tom and Leslie chuckle)TOM: Yeah.LESLIE: It’s that darn Steam Buggy that …TOM: You know how long it took them to get that six-second shot that looks magical? (Barbie chuckles) Probably a day or two.BARBIE: Oh, OK.TOM: Alright? (chuckles)BARBIE: Alright, well thank you.TOM: Alright, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.