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This Mop CAN BE the Best Mop You'll Ever Use
on December 15, 2012
I've read some of the reviews here, and have seen the negative ones--reviews that speak of how the sponge falls apart or how the mop itself is flimsy. Both CAN BE true...that's why I use it with some caution. I discuss these techniques starting with my numbered paragraphs below.
Let me say from the start if you are just a little careful your mop will last. And when it does you'll have the best mop you ever used. Really. (The ONLY reasons I gave it four stars are that it requires a little care on your part, and is a little more expensive than an old-fashioned mop.)
The Mr. Clean mop uses a micro-abrasion fiber called melamine foam, and it was first manufactured as an insulating substance. It was only later that they discovered it worked like a very fine sandpaper to easily clean up previously tough-to-clean substances like crayon and ground-in dirt. And it was in this regard, they found, that it was a "wonder" substance...the sponge itself is the same as the one called Magic Eraser. If you've ever used those sponges you know that for once the description fit the product.
And that's it in a nutshell: DON'T OVERWORK THE MOP! You don't need to. It cleans VERY EASILY. All you need to do is detailed here...
1. SWEEP OR VACUUM YOUR FLOOR FIRST. This is true of most surfaces, but really true here. If you're pushing dirt and hair and other substances around you are doing it wrong. Yes, the sponge can tear, but normal use should keep it healthy. Don't over press, don't use it on rough surfaces. It's made to clean linoleum, plastic, non-porous materials. And follow the next rules.
2. KEEP THE SPONGE CLEAN. I rinse mine in the sink regularly, keeping a steady stream of water on it to shed off the abrasives it's picked up. Dirt is an abrasive, as is hair and any other little particles it picks up...and it will pick them up. Don't go crazy trying to "pick" it with your fingers...just rinse it. A steady stream of water should rinse off a lot of it, and you should place a strainer in the sink to catch these things...the sponge will clean up ANYTHING your vacuum left behind.
3. KEEP THE SPONGE MOIST. Not sopping wet, though. Once you've cleaned it in the sink, wet it and gently press the sponge with the handle or the squeeze device provided by your handle. Don't over squeeze it; press it and let it stay just a little moist. It will clean better this way, and preserve your sponge.
4. USE NORMAL PRESSURE. This works very easily if you have a clean, moist sponge and a non-abrasive surface. It works like "magic." If you overwork the product, you'll tear the sponge and/or bend the mop handle. The mop handle is like any other mop handle nowadays, whether a Mr. Clean model or any of its competitors. They are made for mass production, and a reasonably strong person who is scrubbing hard will run the risk of bending and ultimately breaking the handle.
5. REPLACE YOUR SPONGE REGULARLY. Sure, this is going to be more expensive than a mop would. But you will not believe how easily this will clean your floor...with SO little effort. It really is a "miracle" product...it will clean better and more easily than anything else out there. And if you use "Subscribe & Save" with Amazon you'll save on the cost.
If you follow these rules, cleaning your floor will go a lot better than it ever has before.