Is your home really clean if your floors aren’t? Behold, our favorite mopping systems.
Was it Plato or my college roommate who said, “You can recognize a well-dressed person by their shoes”? Those same wise words apply to the home—it isn’t really at its best unless the floors are polished and cared for. In dressing, as in cleaning, we tend to take a top-down approach; we match the shoes to the outfit rather than the outfit to the shoes. When we clean, we start with whatever is at eye level, which makes perfect sense, since all the schmutz that we don’t manage to pick up with a sponge or duster ends up at our feet. The problem with this is that floors can end up getting short shrift—we run out of time or we’re just too tired to get to them.
When You Have Only a Few Minutes
Whoever invented the Swiffer system should get a Nobel Prize. When I just don’t have it in me to pull out a bucket and mop after changing beds, cleaning sinks, and dusting tables, I know I can count on the magnetic pull of Swiffer dry cloths to zilch those bummer dust bunnies. The Swiffer head pivots in all directions so you can slide it right under the bed or dresser without having to get into any complicated gymnastics. For the small or odd-shaped corner, my go-to is the 360 Degree Dusters Extender™, which works like an extension of your hand, allowing you get that gray stuff (what is that, anyway?) that’s been accumulating on the baseboards without bending. For deeper cleaning, try the wet cloths, which fit the same handle as the dry ones and are safe on any type of floor.
If You Want to Cut Down on Waste
Casabella® makes dry mops with reusable cloths that go in the laundry, while the Swivel-It™ Duster Mop rotates in every direction, just like the Swiffer. The Everywhere Duster reaches all the spots a square head can’t.
If You Want to Go a Little Deeper
With so many delicious scented cleaners to choose from, taking the time to clean the floors the old-fashioned way can almost be a pleasure . . . almost. Another word that has probably never been used in the same sentence as “mopping the floor” is “glamorous.” But the rose gold Microfiber Magnet Mop from Casabella® could change that. This one might even tempt Lisa Vanderpump!
Now that you’re done mopping, where do you put the mop?. Leave it to the form and function wizards at OXO to solve that problem once and for all. “I haven’t owned a mop in years because they gross me out,” writes Melissa, a reviewer from Dana Point, Calif. “I love the stand-up design of this mop. When I’m done cleaning, I can prop it up to allow it to dry.”
If You’re Already a Pro
If you have children or pets, then a steam mop—the Rolls-Royce of mops—is a worthwhile investment. If you have children and pets you definitely need one, stat! These machines clean and sterilize using just water. Steam mops cost a little more, but judging from the enthusiastic reviews, owners dub them worth the price for their effectiveness and ease of use. Cami of Voorhies, N.J., likes the Shark® Genius™ and calls it “an awesome mop,” while 2tarzanacooks of Los Angeles writes, “I love my Shark Genius, so I sent one to my sister-in-law who had shoulder pain using her old mop. She loves her Shark Genius, and ‘Mrs. Clean’ says her floors look amazing! Easy to use. Your floors will sparkle!”
Let’s just hope Mrs. Clean doesn’t look at our shoes. With all the housework, we just haven’t managed to get to them.