Swifter against the other dusters

@suspenseful (40312)
Canada
September 20, 2008 1:24pm CST
I used to use one of those sponge mops to wash the kitchen and bathroom floor, but then I had to use the broom and still could not get the floor nice and clean. I then discovered Swifters or the equivalent, but found it just took up the dust and not all the crumbs and after that I still had to use a sponge mop and what happened was that it rotted or the refills could not work that well. I tried the wet Swifters, but there are so many chemicals on them that you do not know what you can get. So I switched to one of the permanent Swifter substitutes, the ones where you zip off the pad from the mop that is adjustable and put it in the machine. It picks up more dirt, and lasts longer. Sorry but I cannot write the words properly, because my husband is listening to Eragon and he is not using his head set. But it is one of those mops "as seen on TV." So what do you use to clean your linoleum? And yes I used to get on my hands and knees and scrub the floor.
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• United States
20 Sep 08
im kinda dissapointed with my swiffer mop it dosent seem to get the floor as clean as the old way
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
21 Sep 08
What I have is one of those microfiber mops that you can get at K-Mart or Walmart, the kind that attaches to the mop base sort of like a heavy velcro. It does a god job and is much better than those swifters. It takes off more than a regular mop and broom that moves the dust around. I think they are called Starfiber mops or microfiber mops, and they have a velcro attachment only it is stronger and if it gets too dirty you pull it off and can wash it in the washing machine.
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• United States
21 Sep 08
i got a swiffer wet jet and i dont care for it it dosent seem to clean as good as my old mop~
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
22 Sep 08
I got a swiffer wet attachment -actually it was the store brand - and I did not like it. I prefer my damp mop attachment. It does a better job and it does not have any evil chemicals on it. And the swiffer mop handle is not as strong as the one I got. So it does not do as good a job.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
20 Sep 08
I use a regular deck mop to clean the floors, but then I end up on my hands and knees to get the edges as clean as I want. I have tried sponge mops but didn't like the way it left streaks next to where the sponge ends stop, so went back to the old mop and bucket. I don't think that I have seen the Swiffer with a zip off pad before. You say it works pretty good? Maybe I will have to look for that one, the mop I use is really too big for the tile in the bathroon, but works pretty well in the kitchen.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
22 Sep 08
That is the trouble with the deck mops, you still have to get the hard stuff. What is use is something like this http://www.cleanfloorstore.com/ Only the mop head I use can be used wet or dry. You may be able to get something like that at K=Mart or Walmart or Target. I got mine at Zellers. It lasts about 1000 times, at least that is the one that I use and you just zip it off and put it in the washing machine. And you do not need soap so it is good for linoleums.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Thanks, I'll have to check that one out.
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@Shawna718 (132)
• United States
21 Sep 08
I had the string mop and the swiffer wet jet. I threw them both out and my system I use now works much better. I bought the clorox mop that was a copy of the swiffer but it is much better- no batteries needed and came up with a cheap, environmental friendly solution. When the fluid runs out of the clorox bottle, don't buy a refill bottle. Instead, buy the clorox floor cleaner you would normally pour into a bucket of water and mop with a sponge or string mop. Unscrew the mop fill bottle and put a small amount of the cleaner in with some tap water. You can get 8-10 refills out of one bottle of regular cleaner! Now for the pads- the clorox mop has little rubber slits on the four corners of the mop head. You are supposed to push the corners of the pads into the slits to hold them on. Instead, I bought a 3 pack of white cleaning cloths at Dollar General. They are soft and absorbent like cloth diapers. Use them and throw them in the wash. I have ceramic tile floors and I still have to get down on my knees every spring and fall to scrub the grout. And every month I still vacuum and wet mop the floor, but for easy quick cleaning, I really like the clorox mop!
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
22 Sep 08
When I first got my Swiffer, I used up all the pads and then I went to buy the store brand. I did not get the wet swiffer, bot I was using a sponge or a combination sponge or brush but that did not work. I just wet the pad, put it on the base - it slips on and has sort of a velcro backing. It does a good job of scrubbing if you have the handle extended. I have linoleum so do not have to get on my hands and knees except in that part between the stove and dish washer. What I have to worry about is knife marks. Now if someone invented a filler for cuts in linoleum, I would be very happy.
@NrgDfenZ (1810)
• Belgium
21 Sep 08
Never used the swiffer :D The old way works just fine ^^ Have a nice day..
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
30 Sep 08
I tried it out. Worked all right, but it is expensive. I got the permanent mop attachment that works much better. It is a combination dry mop and wet mop.
@LittleMel (14033)
• Canada
21 Sep 08
our kitchen floor is laminating wood which is basically artificial wood so we use regular brush and dust pan to clean it before mopping with wet mop our bathroom floor is vinyl we use the same thing to clean it
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
30 Sep 08
The mop I have slips on by velco and you can dampen it and it does a good job of the linoleum. it would probably work on the artificial wood as long as it is just damp and not soaked through. It works quite well and my floor gets clean. But I have to scrub the part underneath the dishwasher as it can only reach so far.
@deebomb (15317)
• United States
21 Sep 08
For years I used a rag mop after sweeping the floor. Then I tried one of those wring-a-mop but they still wouldn't wring all the water out of the mop. I have used the sponge mops too but they didn't really work very well ether. Then the switfer mop but as you said it leave dirt behind too. Now I have one of those mops with the wavy sponge. It seems to do much better but can't get into the corners or under the counters. So it's still back to the hands and knees for that part.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
22 Sep 08
I have to use the hands and knees for under our dishwasher and for the edges. I guess you cannot get away with that. But I never liked the sponge mops. I have not seen the wavy sponge, the one I have has a swivel handle so it can go under the counters, but it can only go under the dishwasher so far. I have to clean out the part between the oven and dishwasher with a brush.
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
21 Sep 08
I have tried all kinds of cleaners. I mainly just use the basics for my cleaning products because they are so expensive these days to buy a variaty of them. I do use good products to clean with though. I mop with Mr. Clean.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
30 Sep 08
I used to use Mr. Clean. I have to be careful though as I have a slight allergy to Pine, so I have to use the kind that has lemon in it. The mop I use is not that expensive and it lasts a long while. I use mostly vinegar and water, and I use Oxydol, plus I use regular dishwasher soap. That does the job.
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
21 Sep 08
tried all but the wet swifter went back to the string mop .
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
21 Sep 08
great!
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
21 Sep 08
I have a mop that my dad gave me, the kind with the wringer on the handle. I don't like it as well as an old-fashioned string mop but I'm too cheap to buy a new one! When I first moved into my house I thought the floor was awfully dark but thought that must be because of age. Well, a few days later I spilled some water on the floor and mopped it up and it turned about 10 shades lighter! It was dirty! I spent two days on my hands and knees scrubbing that floor and getting it bright and clean. And yes, a single man owned the house before I bought it!
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@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
20 Sep 08
I clean houses for a living and I have found the best way to wash a floor is by hands and knees. It is the only way to get it totally clean. With a swifter or a mop all we are doing is spreading the dirty water all over the floor. So I do them on my hands and knees. It is hard to do that way, but at least I know it is really clean when I am done and if my clients only wanted it done half way they would do it themselves and not hire me to do it. So because of my experiences with floors I do my own that way too. I am very fussy when it comes to my floors. I like them to be clean. But if I were in a hurry doing my own floors, I will sometimes just give them a quick wipe with a mop.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
21 Sep 08
I always thought getting on your hands and knees to clean the floor was about humility. My mother-in-law used to do it that way and she was very self-effacing. She would not stand up to anybody. I used to have a scrub brush and I did it that way but that is because I could not afford a mop or rather my husband decided and when we could afford a sponge mop, I did not like it and I knew from what my father used at work, those string mops, that they were not that good either. I found that this micro fibre mop does a good job. It picks up the dirt and I just have to rinse it. But I do have to use a knife to take off the sticky stuff from the floor. But I have to wash it often, the pad, because the pad can get very dirty.