Friday, April 6, 2012

Swiffer Sweeper w/ Wet Mopping Cloths

Swiffer Sweeper 2 in 1 Mop and Broom Floor Cleaner Starter Kit:  One of the best parts about the book Brandwashed was a discussion of how the Swiffer came to be and how mopping in general is just a poorly executed chore.  The gist is that a mop is designed to grab and hold dirt.  Then once you've used it and are ready to rinse it out, you are asking the mop to do the opposite of that, i.e. - let go of the dirt.  Which it just isn't built to do.  Then you take that now dirty mop and continue to spread the dirty mop head over your floor in an attempt to "clean" it.  Thus, the Swiffer is superior in that you take the disposable cloth,  ask it to do what it was designed for (get and collect dirt), and then you throw it away.  I do most of the mopping/sweeping in our house*, so I figured I would give it a try.  Result?  The wet cloths come out of the package really really wet.  Thus the first six square feet or so that you clean end up really really wet (and clean).  The next six square feet or so end up fairly wet (and clean).  After that everything ends up streaked with wet (and not so clean).  However, if you supplement with a spray cleaner (I used Orange-Glo) it does a grand job.  Also not having to spend time futilely trying to clean a mop head means that whole thing took a lot less time.  All of this leads me to conclude two things.  First, the Swiffer people are right, regular mopping is counter-intuitive.  Second, I shouldn't have been so cheap and should have bought the Swiffer Wet Jet to begin with.

Swiffer Sweeper w/ Wet Mopping Cloths: B

* - This is mainly because the Pook is horrid at it, but don't tell her.

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