Sent to you by Chris Hunter via Google Reader:
Before you spend all day mopping your wood or laminate floors with straight soap and water only to track back over them before they're dry, add a little glass cleaner—or vinegar, if you prefer—to your mop water or solution before you get started. The fast-drying glass cleaner will promote faster drying and leave your floors ready to walk on sooner than if you had used soapy water alone.
This tip comes to us from Redditor maruluna, although it's a pretty old idea for those of us who have spent any length of time trying to keep a high-traffic floor clean. Vinegar is another good option, mostly because it too evaporates quickly and its cleaning power is well documented. Still, whatever you do, make sure you don't drown your wood or laminate floors with solution when you clean them—too much liquid and you'll do more harm than good. Have you tried this before, or have a different method to get the floors clean without everyone walking on them before they're dry? Let us know in the comments.
Photo by Dave Crosby.