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Mar 4, 2016, 02:04 PM
 
Kids today need to take their proprietary mop buckets and git off my lawn.

Does no one do the "Quickie" style sponge mop thing any more? With a general purpose bucket?
     
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Mar 4, 2016, 02:29 PM
 
I didn't know kids today knew HOW to work a mop, screwdriver, hammer etc.
     
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Mar 4, 2016, 02:37 PM
 
Remarkably, little kids seem to be picking it up, or at least, having it presented to them.
     
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Yeah! Have you guys heard of TEXTING? Kids just write messages to each other all day? What happened to having a conversation?
     
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Mar 4, 2016, 02:43 PM
 
I dunno, man. While Swiffers are nice and all, what's better is the Swiffer mop, some paper towels, and some spray cleaner of your choice.

The big-ol muppet-haired mop? Yuck.
     
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Mar 4, 2016, 02:46 PM
 
I've found the Swiffer mop does little more than make dirt moist and slide it around the floor.

Muppet mops are too grandpa, even for me, unless you're mopping an entire building.

I'm talking second gen mops. The one with a sponge head, and built-in wringer you use from a lever on the handle.

They still make them, but they seem an order of magnitude less popular than the proprietary combo.
     
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Mar 4, 2016, 02:53 PM
 
I use old towels dampened with some diluted Simple Green to clean my bamboo flooring. If you have to let it soak to get off something like dried food etc a damp wash cloth sitting on the spot works too. I super clean the floors every 2-3 weeks and use a dust mop or bloom the rest of the time.
     
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Mar 4, 2016, 02:54 PM
 
These are the "mops of the future" I'm complaining about.

     
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Mar 4, 2016, 02:59 PM
 
Originally Posted by BadKosh View Post
I use old towels dampened with some diluted Simple Green to clean my bamboo flooring. If you have to let it soak to get off something like dried food etc a damp wash cloth sitting on the spot works too. I super clean the floors every 2-3 weeks and use a dust mop or bloom the rest of the time.
When it was me, I used the sponge mop. I finally got someone else to do it, and she uses a wet rag attached to a Swiffer (duster) pole.
     
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Mar 4, 2016, 03:04 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I've found the Swiffer mop does little more than make dirt moist and slide it around the floor.

Muppet mops are too grandpa, even for me, unless you're mopping an entire building.

I'm talking second gen mops. The one with a sponge head, and built-in wringer you use from a lever on the handle.

They still make them, but they seem an order of magnitude less popular than the proprietary combo.
That's why I use the paper towels. Five feet? Pull, discard, reinstall.

Re: that blue thing, seems like a minor evolution on the muppet-hair one.
     
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Mar 4, 2016, 03:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I'm talking second gen mops. The one with a sponge head, and built-in wringer you use from a lever on the handle.
I'm with you there. However, these systems are the opposite of razor blade marketing. They seem designed never have replacement parts, and by the time you wear out initial sponge, you can find no replacement sponges to fit that model, and are either forced to a) upgrade to another similar system, or b) resign yourself to swifferdom.

I choose option C, mop as little as possible and use paper towels for the egregious stuff that can't wait.
     
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Mar 4, 2016, 03:41 PM
 
Originally Posted by Mike Wuerthele View Post
That's why I use the paper towels. Five feet? Pull, discard, reinstall.

Re: that blue thing, seems like a minor evolution on the muppet-hair one.
I'd actually say it's a regression.

In the 90's, they invented self-wringing muppet-hair mops.

The mop in the pic is same thing, minus the self-wringing part.

I never tried one because I was never convinced it was any better than the (at the time) standard issue sponge mop.
     
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Mar 4, 2016, 03:45 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Yeah! Have you guys heard of TEXTING? Kids just write messages to each other all day? What happened to having a conversation?
Valid question. It's sad seeing young people on "dates" and all they do is text other people. Society is devolving.
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Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
I'm with you there. However, these systems are the opposite of razor blade marketing. They seem designed never have replacement parts, and by the time you wear out initial sponge, you can find no replacement sponges to fit that model, and are either forced to a) upgrade to another similar system, or b) resign yourself to swifferdom.

I choose option C, mop as little as possible and use paper towels for the egregious stuff that can't wait.
They still make replacement sponges for the model I have, and they do still sell the mop (it's a Casabella), but reviews say build quality these days is in the toilet.

That's the other change since last time I bought a mop... real-time analytics of mop sales.
     
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Mar 4, 2016, 03:46 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I'm talking second gen mops. The one with a sponge head, and built-in wringer you use from a lever on the handle.

They still make them, but they seem an order of magnitude less popular than the proprietary combo.
Home Depot.
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Mar 4, 2016, 03:50 PM
 
Aaaaaand... proper mopping requires two buckets. One for clean water and detergent, and the other for rinse water.

Yeah, I said it.
     
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Mar 4, 2016, 04:05 PM
 
Mop elitist.
     
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A guy walks into a bar. By his 7th drink, the bartender says "you've had enough, no more." Drunk guy says "alright, can I use the bathroom before I leave?" Bartender says "sure, last door on the right." Drunk guy goes back, a few minutes later bartender hears a loud scream come from bathroom, tries to ignore it. Another few minutes later, he hears another scream from the bathroom. Finally, the bartender goes back there to see what's going on. Bartender finds the drunk guy sitting on a mop bucket with his pants down. "Wtf are you doing," says the bartender. Drunk guy answers "every time I flush this toilet, it smashes my balls."
     
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Mar 4, 2016, 07:44 PM
 
I use a Libman "Wonder Mop."

The sleeve/shield lets you wring the mop without soaking your hands, and it gets plenty of water onto the floor - or up off of it. The rag head is easy to replace, too. I use any old bucket for it - at this time I'm using a rectangular plastic bucket that came home full of cat litter...
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Mar 4, 2016, 08:53 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
These are the "mops of the future" I'm complaining about.

I don't understand your complaint. These mops work better than the sponge type. You can actually wring out water much better.

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Mar 4, 2016, 11:08 PM
 
I own this one:

Amazon.com - Twist and Shout Mop - Original Hand Push Spin Mop with 2016 Improvements -

The mop head fibers, imo, are too short. But it gets rave reviews on Amazon.
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Mar 4, 2016, 11:30 PM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
I don't understand your complaint. These mops work better than the sponge type. You can actually wring out water much better.

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I've never run into a problem of being unable to wring enough water out of sponge mop. The only flaw in the design is if you mop too hard at too acute an angle, the sponge can fold back and you'll start scratching the floor with the retaining clip.

As for my complaint, I've spent my whole life puking into buckets, and never once had to consider whether this would cause the ****er to cease functioning.
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Mar 5, 2016, 12:23 AM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
I'm using a rectangular plastic bucket that came home full of cat litter...
This man understands buckets.
     
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Mar 5, 2016, 01:11 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
As for my complaint, I've spent my whole life puking into buckets, and never once had to consider whether this would cause the ****er to cease functioning.
So your ghetto ass is telling me you can't afford a dedicated puking bucket w/o mop wringer ?

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Mar 5, 2016, 01:20 AM
 
If my mop bucket doesn't have a wringer, my puke bucket stacks.
     
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Mar 5, 2016, 03:03 AM
 
Ah. Drunk AND practical. I see.

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Mar 5, 2016, 08:38 AM
 
I use small bathroom trash cans WITH A PLASTIC BAG IN IT I I need a puking vessel.

The towels I use to clean the bamboo flooring can be dumped in the washer when dirty, and they come out clean again, for another go.

BTW - If you're puking, you're drinking wrong........
     
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Mar 5, 2016, 12:30 PM
 
Generally, if I'm going to curl up with the bucket all night, it's food poisoning.
     
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Mar 5, 2016, 02:52 PM
 
Also, I don't have a bathroom trash can without a flippy step lid. Dog considers it the buffet next to the giant wine glass.
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
Also, I don't have a bathroom trash can without a flippy step lid. Dog considers it the buffet next to the giant wine glass.
So just teach your dog to clean up your puke. Win-Win.

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Mar 6, 2016, 10:22 AM
 
Ewwwww.

My bathroom trash can is inside an under-sink cabinet, so it needs no lid, and our pets have trained us to be very careful in closing the lid when the "wineglass" is not in use.

My garage trash can is yet another litter bucket (we have cats, so we accumulate them), and last time I did any carpentry, they stacked nicely to make platforms for both ends of the work. My back was happy and it didn't matter that I got some stain AND varnish on my "work supports." Cat litter buckets are a lot like super glue; there are at least 1,001 uses for them.

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Mar 6, 2016, 12:16 PM
 
I used to get litter in buckets, and therefore had an endless supply, but I found a brand which puts exactly the right amount for a single tray in a box. Haven't looked back.

The wine glass thing doesn't bother me except insofar as I can't put bleach pellets in the tank.
     
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So just teach your dog to clean up your puke. Win-Win.

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Teach? You don't need to teach that.

She's actually allergic to everything. It'd end up exploded all over the house from out the other end.
     
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Apr 2, 2016, 01:41 PM
 
It's time for me to come clean.

I started this thread because I had decided to get... to get... a proprietary mop and bucket.

I didn't get to try it until yesterday. It cost a bajillion dollars, but this may be the best mop ever.



It's by Leifheit.
     
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It's time for me to come clean.
See what I did there? SEE WHAT I DID THERE?
     
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Apr 2, 2016, 01:54 PM
 
You can thank German engineering for that.

Make a luxury out of everything :-)

Just don't forget to get an oil change every 10,000 mop strikes.

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Apr 2, 2016, 02:21 PM
 
It's pretty amazing. They somehow made a Swiffer where you can soak and wring out the pad using your feet.

Since it's a Swiffer-like thing, you can do all the Swiffer tricks with the gimbal, and the pad is ginormous. Almost push-broom sized.

Relating it to a Swiffer is probably going to give the wrong idea about the pad. As you can see in the pic, it's fluffy like a mop.
     
   
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