I had to do something today that I hate. Buying Swiffer refills for my wet jet. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my swiffer. I have had my Swiffer mop since I first moved out of my parent's house four years ago and it has served me very, very well. My only complaint is CONSTANTLY having to buy refills for it that cost almost as much as the mop itself! Sometimes, it is seriously more cost effective to just buy a new unit. So when I went in Meijer today and saw that they had Libman Freedom Mops for the SAME PRICE as a box of Swiffer pads, I thought- hey, why the hell not?
I've been having some issues with my Swiffer since getting Blue anyway. The steam of fluid, I have learned, for hardwood floors are a.) not good on puppies feet (they apparently have bad chemicals in it that make it dangerous for poochies to lick their pads after they walk in it) and b.) REALLY streaky on hardwoods! I HATE STREAKY! It looks worse than when it's dirty, the only consolation is that you can see how nasty your floors were on the pad. And, with the three wonderscruffs and a husband that works at a factory, these 107 year old floors get mighty dirty. The "two room" pads will get me through about half a room in Blue. I don't know if it is because they're just getting so dirty with the dogs going in and out or if the hardwood cleaner just isn't as good as the all purpose cleaner.
It was when I realizing this that I did something I thought I would never do, and I went out and bought a REAL MOP. Yes, I know- tragic. But, I don't know if it is just because I've been spoiled with being able to quickly clean up a mess or if I'm just lazy, but hauling around a 5 gal. Lowe's bucket full of Murphy's Oil Soap (a must have in an old house) and water, but I just...wasn't mopping as much as I usually do. It was tedious and took way longer to dry.
This is why I was willing to say, "sure" and grab the Libman. I just tried it out, and I have to say, what a difference!
A.) I loved being able to put my Murphy Mix right into the little container.
B.) I loved being able to control easier how much water went on the floor- because with hardwood, less is more. (The Libman has a manual trigger instead of the button- which also means, no batteries!)
C.) The microfiber pad was obviously getting better coverage. There were no steaks and you could just see that more of the floor was getting the cleaning solution.
D.) Once I was done, I rinsed it off in the utility sink (it was hella gross) and threw it in the wash!
No. More. Refills.
I'm thrilled from making the switch. We'll see how I feel once I get the pad out of the wash and see if it stays as fluffy and fantastic as it was this first time.
Overall, considering I paid $13 for it, it is completely worth the switch. I will keep my Swiffer until I make judgement. I really love it but...come on. $13 for a box of pads? Get real.