When we refitted the kitchen a couple of years ago we bought some very pretty flooring, it looks like white painted wooden boards and is grained to feel like wood although it is made from vinyl. It looked lovely when it was laid but we very soon discovered its drawback. With two dogs who spend much of their days in the garden the floor gets muddy. The graining makes the floor non-slip but also provides deep grooves for the mud to sink into. Cleaning with either a normal string mop or a squeegee type mop cleans the surface but does nothing about the ingrained dirt. Despite regular mopping the floor was beginning to look decidedly mucky and I began wishing I’d gone for plain vinyl instead. I bought a steam cleaner – that cleans and disinfects the top layer but again does nothing for the ingrained dirt so over the weekend I have resorted to a scrubbing brush and a bucket of soapy water. Much to the amusement of the dogs I have spent hours on my hands and knees cleaning, and the floor finally looks as it should. I was so pleased I spent this morning performing a similar deep clean on the bathroom floor (textured pebble vinyl – we don’t learn from our mistakes!) and plan to attack the hall flooring (same grained wooden vinyl as the kitchen) tomorrow. I’m a long way from “houseproud”, usually doing the minimum to provide a relatively hygienic living space, but I am pleased with my efforts. Inevitably we had visitors on Friday in the middle of the kitchen floor cleaning, the floor was half bright and shiny and half still a muddy mess. Fortunately they were more interested in the homemade scones and jam, lemon cake and cups of tea than in the state of the floor and we had a lovely afternoon chatting and playing with the dogs.