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What Is a Good Mop for Kitchen Floors?

Help! :) I'm frustrated with the mops I have and have been debating about getting that Swiffer mop that I see advertised - the one with the spray thingy. Before spending the approx $30, I thought I'd check to see what mops you all prefer. I have linoleum in kitchen, tile in bathrooms and wood in dining room. It's the kitchen that is causing me the most aggravation, though. I need something for the tough stuff! Any recommendations?

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I use the Swiffer wet jet and I love it! I have tile and linoleum and it works great! IT DOES NOT HAVE ANTIFREEEZE IN IT!!!The people on here who are saying that should really find out first before telling someone false info.

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I've never liked the swiffers. I just don't think they get things clean enough. But I love my Libman wonder mop. You can ring out the excess water and you can throw the mop head in the washing machine when it gets gunky. And in my experience it gets things much cleaner with less effort than the swiffer. My mother, on the other hand, swears by her swiffer and absolutely loves it, so I think it is really a love it or hate it kind of thing and you just have to try it. Good luck.

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I use the Swiffer wet jet and I love it! I have tile and linoleum and it works great! IT DOES NOT HAVE ANTIFREEEZE IN IT!!!The people on here who are saying that should really find out first before telling someone false info.

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I use the swiffer pad for my kitchen and think it works well. I have the Armstrong floating floor in there, the kind thats not supposed to get really wet. But for my linoleum I use the regular sponge mop. Mine is not the smooth stuff; it has the grooves to make it look like rock and the swiffer just doesn't seem to get down in the grooves. My opinion, Swiffer is not made for the tough stuff or textured floors.

I would get it.You can go in swiffers website and print out coupons for it

I am glad you're asking this question bec. I need help with this as well, H..

I had a regular Swiffer before the new one came out that sprays. I actually started buying the off-brand pads and I just use whatever spray cleaner I have on hand (mixed with water) to wet the floor when the pad begins to dry out (so I'm a little frugal LOL!). I like it for regular maintainence, but it is not ideal for a thorough cleaning. I love the O'Cedar sponge mop that you can sqeeze the excess water out of.

http://www.ocedar.com/main.taf?erube_fh=ocedar&ocedar...

It has a rough scrubbing replacable sponge and a scrub brush attached. I know most people these days like to use all of the eco-friendly products, but I normally just use the Clorox Clean-up. I mop after my son has gone to bed, and he doesn't crawl or play on the kitchen floor. If you are worried about chemicals, try the vinager/water idea with some scented oils from the whole food store to add a fresh smell. This may sound weird, but I can't stand mopping with buckets - it just smears around dirty water! I usually rinse the mop in the sink and then dunk it into the soapy water to continue. Then, of course, I disinfect the sink afterward. Hope you find something that works for your needs!

God Bless,
J.

I have a floor steamer and it gets my floors squeaky clean. All you have to do is add water and let it heat. You don't even need any cleansers...the steam does all the work.

Other than that, my second favorite is a string mop the has a wringer attached. The string mop can get around table legs that other mops can't.

BUT, don't use either of these on your wood floors. You don't want to get them too wet.

I swear by my "Shark". It cleans with steam only, no chemicals and honestly cleans better than anything I've used! I had the swiffer, and it left my tile dull. No such problem with this. Even the stuck on gunk from spills cleans and leaves the floor shiny.
Not sure it can be used on wood, though. But, since you said it was the kitchen that was the most aggravating it is worth it.

Oh, yeah the floor is instantly dry, another big plus.

The regular Swiffer mops worked pretty well for me if I used them on a weekly basis. However, just this last Christmas I got the new Steam Shark mop (and yes, I asked for one as a gift, lol!). It comes with a long cord, a water tank, and 5 reusable mop pads. All you do is fill up the tank, plug it in, and wait for the steam to build up. Then activate the steam by pumping the mop handle as you mop. If you find a tough spot, pre-treat it first with a kitchen cleaner. It works great on my kitchen and bathroom floors (linoleum) and doesnt leave behind a chemically smell when you are done!

I've never liked the swiffers. I just don't think they get things clean enough. But I love my Libman wonder mop. You can ring out the excess water and you can throw the mop head in the washing machine when it gets gunky. And in my experience it gets things much cleaner with less effort than the swiffer. My mother, on the other hand, swears by her swiffer and absolutely loves it, so I think it is really a love it or hate it kind of thing and you just have to try it. Good luck.

i love the swiffer wet jet. the disposable pads usually last through one or two rooms. they have different formulas for wood or linoleum floors, and they also have a mixed use formula. it is so quick, and it gets ALL the dirt.

Hey H.,

I would be careful about using the Swifter. There was word out about serious poisions, like antifreeze, in this product. It is harmful to pets and children. Please check it out before buying it.
I asked my girlfriend, who cleans homes for a living, about a "good" mop. I have used the "Vileda" mop from Wal-Mart. It is red with a blue Cedar brand mop head. The head has a wave texture and the mop has a flip/pull handle for ringing it out. It costs around $11.00. It does a great job as long as you don't use bleach, which ate my mop head.

Good luck & happy cleaning,
Jolie

The Swiffer Wet Jet is great for every day, quick clean ups but not for deep cleaning. Something I use on my floors is water and white vinegar. Natural, non-toxic, and REALLY CHEAP! Use 1/4 cup of vinegar to 2 gallons of water. It works really good for the deep cleaning, hard to get stuff.

I also heard the Swiffer cleaner contains a chemical that's a grade below antifreeze and that it can cause kidney failure in pets (even if they just walk across the floor and lick their paws afterwards). Surely wouldn't use it with a small child in the house.

I have a similar style from clorox bleach one and... it's great for quick wipes but I dont feel that it really cleans well enought to call it clean. I still get down on my hands and knees in between and really scrub with a brush. BUT I do have a tile kitchen floor so... I am guessing I wouldn't fight so much if it were a flat surface!

I've used a Swiffer with a sprayer before. It didn't really make cleaning any quicker or less time consuming. I stick with a regular O'Cedar mop with a green scrubby edge on it for the tough stuff, and armstrong cleaner in a bucket of water. Leaves no residue and cleans the floor well. I have 6 & 8 year old boys, a bigger boy named dad who brings in dirt when he comes home from work and a short haired shedding dog. Swiffer couldn't keep up with them.

I love my swiffer wet jet. If you want one, look online, you can probably find a coupon for it. Occassionally I see coupons in the paper, etc. for $5 off.

I don't use the swiffer wet because I heard it has antifreeze in it. Not good for homes with small children or pets.

We love and use the Shark steamer. We are actually moving from this house and going to all wood floors and can't use it in our new home. We spent over $80 for it. We've got 2o mo. old twins and it's a God send for the kitchen. My husband might part w/it for a good deal :-) We've had it maybe 6 mo. now.
jf

What a great question! I have no advice, but all the other advice really helped me. I thought I was the only one clueless about cleaning products.

First off, to a previous post-the swifter cleaner does NOT have antifreeze in it!

Now on to your question....I have the wet jet now and I've also owned the Clorox one as well. They both do a fine job for quick clean ups and what not. I've got two kids and a husband so I'm always finding dried juice or some sticky substance on my kitchen floor! I'm pretty sure both are also safe for wood floors. I have linoleum in the kitchen and tile in the bathrooms.

But for a good cleannig I use a regular sponge mop with either pine sol or murphy's oil soap. Or sometimes I pull out my hoover all terain shampooer and clean the floor that way too!

Good luck!
S.

The best thing I found is the Bissell Flip-ease All-in-one Vacuum and Mop. I love it!! I'm married and have 4 cats, 1 dog and I homeschool 3 kids. There's ALOT of crumbs and hair and whatever. I can't stand walking on the floor barefoot and feeling someting under my feet. This Bissell makes my life so much easier and it works! Overstock.com has it cheap. I think I paid $30 including shipping. The great thing about it is that Special MicroFiber pad can be washed and with the Swiffer your always buying the pads. Why buy them when you can wash it. It comes with a spare so while ones in the wash you never have to worry. I use my companies cleaner in it You can use the floor cleaner bottle you buy at WalMart or you can contact me and I can let you know what I use that's safer for the environment, your health, and it's non-toxic. With a baby, I know how much a easy-to-use floor cleaner would be needed. This is it. I've tried them all. Scrubbed the floor on my hands and knees rather than use a mop that just pushes the dirt in the corners. You can find it at http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Bissell-Flip-ease-Al...
Good luck!

Hi H.

Forget about the swiffer, its a waste of money and the cloths dry up before you get half your kitchen done. I strongly recommend you go to the home depot and buy a T-baR, ITS IN THE BROOM SECTION, take this, buy a few or some old used terry cloth towels, poke a hole in the middle of the towel and slide it through the pole of the bar (after you have wet the towel with hot water ). WHen your done mopping simply throw the towels into the washing machine and reuse as needed. Make sure the towels are tough (i find only the tery cloth ones will do. I swear this is the beswt thing ever.. alittle old fashioned but it does the job!!!

I love my swiffer, but not for "tough" jobs. It is awesome for spot cleaning or for a quick daily clean. If you get your floors clean and then stay committed to using the swiffer every other day or so(it doesn't take long at all), your floors will stay in good shape and not ever really get too bad. I will say that the bathroom floors are a little tougher, though, b/c of hairspay and hair product residue. For linoleum, though, it works great and I have never had issues with the pads "drying out" b/c you can use as much or as little cleaner as you need.

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