I went to BJ’s today to get a few things. I bought some soap, shampoo, toothpaste-you know the normal stuff. I also bought one of these:
It’s a steam mop. I hate cleaning floors, but I also detest dirty ones. There’s my problem. Now, when we chose the flooring for our house, it was after experiencing the WORST ever year regarding floors. We were living in a house with light colored Berber carpet in the ONLY room with access to the back yard. Of course the dogs made short work of tearing up what little grass there was, and consequently, I was left with muddy nasty floors all the time. My kitchen floor was a white linoleum with blue accent…but 12 paws made sure it was brown too.
I tried everything. Floor mate, Swiffer, mop and buket. Nothing, and I mean nothing worked to keep those floors clean. So when it came time to purchase flooring for our new house, I chose a tile that has a stone look to it, masking some of the dirt so that I could stop being so anal about cleaning the floor. The only problem is that now I don’t see the dirt. So I don’t clean as often as I should as evidenced by our socks!
I’m just going to say that for me, this tool does the trick. It requires NO chemicals. It works on steam. The steam really loosens the dirt, and the pads are thick enough to pick it all up and hold it. I’ve only used it once so far but I’m happy with the results. I know my floors are dirty. I’m going to have to do this a couple times before they are really where I’d like them to be, but I’m well on my way. Oh, and did I mention that the floor is pretty much dry right away? There is no drying time for this thing. Unlike the floor mate, which is supposed to wet vac up the dirty cleaning solution…but doesn’t work so well on tile due to the topography and lack of suction power.
Any way with all the talk of going green, I think this is one fantastic product. I know there are other brands out there, and honestly I didn’t do a lot of research before buying. I spent under $100 for it, and so far, it earns an A from me.