Thursday, February 27, 2014

DoggyStyle: Mopping a Dog Home (The One That Finally Works!)


Despite what a lot of people think, my apartment was actually much dirtier when I didn't own dogs.
I've realized that part of it is having more self-awareness to prevent messes, then just finding cleaning products you actually enjoy using.
Our elusive product was finding a mop that was actually easy to use. We had high hopes for the Dyson Hard DC56, but it ended up being hard to use.
Though we think we found something that works:
Miss M is skeptical of mops
We decided to try the Twist and Shout mop which seems to have all of the solutions that people complain about in a mop. It has an extra-plush microfiber head which is easy to slide along the floor and it doesn't need a lot of arm strength. It is circular and it has a swivel head which makes it easy to fit into angles and crevices. With the microfiber head it can be used as a dry mop to dust the floor, but it really gets fancy when it's used as a wet mop. It has a lever and comes with a special bucket where the mop actually spins to wring all of the water out. With a couple of pushes it becomes super-dry, which is really important for hardwood floors. 
They recommend watching the Youtube video to make sure you know how to spin it correctly--basically just make sure that it's upright and none of the strings are hanging out of the bucket--but it is really easy to use.
I like that you don't need to use special formula or wipes, and the mop head can be put in the laundry. If you need to buy replacement mop heads they are only about $5 each.
Out of all of the Swiffers, sponge mops, Martha Stewart mops, general cleaning mops, and the fancy Dyson,  this has been the easiest, and most "fun" mop to use. Even though I wasn't singing and dancing like the commercial.
                                                                          Miss M wrings out the mop
The only thing I didn't like was that you need to use the specific bucket it comes with and that bucket can be large and hard to store. Beyond that, I think our search is over and we have found the mop that makes mopping fun.

I've also been hearing a couple of different things about caring for hardwood floors.
I've heard that you should really just use a dry mop, and only use a very dry wet-mop with vinegar and water on rare occasions.
What is everyone else doing for your hardwood floors?

Also:
The well-scented dog home.
Being preventative.
How we make cleaning fun.
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9 comments:

Betsy said...

We have two very drooly dogs so some sort of mop is a must! We're using the Swiffter Bissell Steamboost mop right now. We got it on sale and it works okay but I wouldn't pay full price for it...

julie g said...

Literally clicked on the link and bought the mop kit after reading your review. One a one dog household, but the floor is such a mess from winter. Thanks for sharing!

Cocos Mommy said...

We use the rubbermaid spray mop...the one with the washable head. Love it!

ohmelvin.com said...

Awesome find! Will have to try that. I wear these around the house constantly to soak up water and drool from the boys (http://gadgether.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/slipper-mop1.jpg ) and use Bruce hardwood spray and a dry mop on hardwoods to clean. It never ends!

Kellee the Caffeinated said...

This is great to know since I cannot find anything that I like well enough... I usually end up dry mopping, then vacuuming the laminate with my Dyson and THEN getting on hands and knees with a rag and a bowl of vinegar and water.... I'm def going to be checking this out! Thank you!

Two Pitties in the City said...

We aren't affiliated with the company in any way, but I would literally never mop because it was so difficult...it really hurt my arms. You can see we tried a couple of things, but I'm excited to find something that is actually easy to use.

Kolchak Puggle said...

I have about 20 sq. ft. of hard floor in our house (not hardwood) and I hate mopping it beyond all reason, even though it's a small space. Even when I vacuum, first, I feel like I'm just moving the dirt around. Hmmmmm...I'll have to look at this! Thanks

Annie & Pauls Mom said...

We have wall to wall 30+ year old hardwood floors. I LOVE them. When I mop each week, I do it with a mix of water and Murphy's Oil Soap. It cleans the floors nicely, and I know it won't damage them. When I first pulled up all of the carpeting in the house, I was told that A&P's claws would ruin the floor. However, after 6 years, they're no worse for the wear!

Bo Tolbert said...

It’s good that you found a mop that works well with your floor. It would be a shame if your floors would be ruined by a substandard mop. By the way, you have really cute dogs! I can tell from the first picture that they like the mop as well. :)

Bo Tolbert

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