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Swiffer WetJet

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Swiffer WetJet Power Mop

I really hate this thing.

The idea is, you push the button and it spritzes the cleaning solution out from the bottom. You drag it over the cleaning solution and it cleans the floor. Three easy steps and I get stuck at Step 1. *grumble*

It assumes that you're always generally moving forward. Am I the only person that travels backwards sometimes? I find it really bad for that.

I didn't measure exactly how far away the mystery cleaning solution* went, but when I was mopping, it was REALLY FAR. That meant going back and cleaning areas that I had already done so that there wouldn't be splotches. I ended up picking it up and turning it upside down to blast the liquid onto the floor where I wanted it. And then turned it back over to continue mopping.

Finally, I put on a pair of slippers and went forwards because it was clear that I was supposed to. But when I was going forward, I still thought it better to pick it up to spray the cleaning solution because I could control where it went. Like NOT onto the wall. And NOT onto the carpet.

Maybe there's something fundamentally wrong with the way I mop because I've heard from people who are totally in love with it. I prefer the sponge mop. =P

* "Includes cleaning agents (including solvents), perfume and water. CONTAINS NO PHOSPHATE." And smells like artificial apple.

Oh, speaking of household cleaning instruments, I'm still looking at getting a new vacuum any moment now. Wheels falling off at random and occasionally shooting little blue lighting bolts out of the cracks is not a good sign, hm? I'm collecting recommendations here.

[Update - 2054h]

I find it interesting that only the girls are answering this post and my vacuums post. Draw conclusions as ye will. XD

She says, in an attempt to goad the boys into answering =D


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yueni
Jan. 9th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
Am I the only person that travels backwards sometimes?

Nope. I also mop backwards sometimes. I tend to mop back and forth and not in one particular direction. Mostly, I find that a floor cloth and a pail of soapy water will get things done faster imho.

Can't help you with the vacuum part, alas. We picked our vacuum off the side of the road. It works and it was free. Poor college folk can't quibble.
bride
Jan. 9th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
We picked our vacuum off the side of the road.

Haha, that's actually a pretty good idea =)
ducks
Jan. 9th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
This is interesting. I'm one of those people that loves the Wet Jet. I also mop backwards. I don't really have a problem with it, but I tend to have a huge reach when I'm mopping, so that may be it.

I do have trouble with keeping it away from the carpet though. Most of the time, I prefer the dry Swiffer Sweeper. It's very effective!
bride
Jan. 9th, 2005 04:30 am (UTC)
Or you can't see the splotches... I know I wasn't too picky on the white tile but it drove me bananas in the foyer where we have black marble. =P
retrospeck
Jan. 9th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
I use it. I did notice that it sprays a little further than I would like at times so I also go back over places i've already done.

i use a sort of.. back and forth motion, I've never really paid attention.. I'm not in love with it or anything but it seems to do the job.

Then again, I rarely mop our floors. :P
bride
Jan. 9th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
I go back and forth too, but do you start facing the wall and go backwards or do you have your back to the wall and move forward?
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life_beautiful
Jan. 9th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
We've got the Swiffer WetJet/DryJet something. I'm in love with it. You can put on a wet cloth or a dry cloth and it's oh-so-handy and lightweight. The one you've got does sound rather hellish, though.
bride
Jan. 9th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
This thing?

Yeah, that looks like a better idea.
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marnanel
Jan. 9th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)
I mop backwards as well as forwards, too.
bride
Jan. 9th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
Thanks *wink* =D
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science_vixen
Jan. 9th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)
I usually mop every which way. And the "area effect attack" of the swiffer really only makes it practical for hallways and basketball courts, not for a real house which has furniture and plats and stuff scattered all over the floor. Besides the fact the the cleaning solution is really aggressive, and I haven't seen an environmentally friendly filler for the swiffer yet.

Cheers
SV
Holder of both X&Y chromosomes
astral
Jan. 9th, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)
was so enamoured of a mop i saw today..it looks somewhat like this..except it is easy to squeeze dry (by moving a handle towards the sponge). do not need to sweep the floor before mopping as the sponge attracts all of it; once u mop the floor is immediately dry

saw it on a taiwanese variety show awhile back, looks so amazing but wary that this sort of things actually work :\
bride
Jan. 9th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
That's what we call a "sponge mop" and it's similar model to what we've been using.

We still sweep to get rid of bits and pieces before mopping though. It can't possibly pick up the bigger pieces.

And it still takes a little time (30 seconds to a minute?) to dry.

But those are a lot better than the thick white string mops, if that's what you're comparing it to.
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fimbrethil
Jan. 9th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
I only use it for spot cleaning like when my cats throw up or in high traffic areas in the kitchen. The floor just doesn't look as clean as when I tackle it with hot water, Lysol and a real mop. I find if I don't use the WetJet for a while, the pump is difficult to prime.
bride
Jan. 9th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
I find if I don't use the WetJet for a while, the pump is difficult to prime.

*scrunch face* Thanks for the tip X{
jenny_rambles
Jan. 9th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
I hated mine too - for many of the same reasons you mentioned. It never seemed to CLEAN the way it did in those damn misleading commercials!
kaseido
Jan. 9th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
OK, I'll bite! :-)

Sponge mop all the way. I like going backwards, especially on the dried-yuck bits - it seems like I get more traction that way.

Nothing beats getting down on your hands & knees with a sponge and a scrub brush - but that requires back muscles that haven't prematurely entered middle age :-)
trigeekgirl
Jan. 9th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
We have the Clorox version of the Swiffer thingie, and I'm fairly happy with it. Before this I had the old-fashioned string mop and I HATED that thing. I do notice that I have to change the pads a lot to get the level of clean that I want, which means I buy their little replacement pad thingies a lot, but it's worth it. I do notice that the pump does get crotchety if I don't use it for a little while, though.

Ewww, I have to clean an apartment so it's ready to give back. That's gonna suck. I won't be using the mop thingie for that...gotta use hot water and
Lysol.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the late comment (from a guy).

I have one of those things, made by Clorox. I think it's called the Clorox ReadyMop, and it has that IV bottle spray as well. Maybe it's a design difference from the Swiffer version, but the ReadyMop's spray is attached to the handle, which has a LOT of degrees of freedom. I can tilt and twist the handle, which of course controls the direction (and therefore reach) of the spray.

The reason I think that spray is only forward is probably two-fold:

1. When you push forward, you're able to apply more force to the cleaning surface (via the handle direction), and if you have the cleaning solution that way, you're likely to get a better result from your mopping.

2. Nobody wants to squeeze the trigger and have the spray go backwards all over your own feet. It probably would bring back young childhood memories of peeing all over yourself. Uh ... you know what I mean.

Ben (http://concept.blogspot.com)
ugly_boy
Jan. 10th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
Dyson's are amazing vacuum cleaners that suck up more than anything I've ever seen. You could vacuum two days in a row and you would probably notice something. I always want to do something from one of those cheesy infomercials where you vacuum with a regular ol’ machine and then go back over it with the Dyson ('die-sun) and see how much more it picked up.
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