Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop Kit: A Critique
Mopping the floors is one of the most laborious tasks a housekeeper has to do. Manufacturers are always trying to make it easier with new products.
My kitchen floor is tiled in ceramic, and the rest of the house has vinyl flooring that looks like wood. With four dogs and two cats running in and out of the doggy door all day, you can imagine the mopping job that requires.
I'm very particular about how my floors get mopped. I normally use a wring type mop and two buckets of water to clean the floors. One bucket holds soapy water, and the other bucket holds clear water. If the floor is really dirty, If might empty and refill the soapy bucket two or three times. The same goes for the rinse bucket.
Traditional Mop vs Spray Mop
I'm always looking for the perfect mop. I've tried many sponge mops and wringer mops. I don't care for the mops that require you to wear rubber gloves, so you can wring it out with your hands. I do like the mops that have a cylinder along the mop handle. When you turn the cylinder, it wrings out the mop. The only problem with that mop is changing the mop head. I always have a hard time taking off the old mop head and putting on a new one.
The spray mop commercials abound on TV. Everytime I see one I think, "That's not getting the floor clean. You're just shoving the dirt around." I've mainly seen the Swiffer Wet Jet spray mop commercials. I've owned Swiffer products before, and the main problem I have with them is you need to buy replacement products. That's money out of my pocket repeatedly. Swiffer gets us coming and going.
My Experience with Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop
This last week I needed a new mop. I went to Home Depot looking for one. I now find I could have gotten it cheaper on Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime, you won't be charged for shipping.That really makes it a deal. I saw a lot of mops I didn't want, so I decided to try out the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop, because it didn't require disposable pads like the Swiffer Wet Jet Spray Mop. The Reveal mop that I bought came with one washable microfiber pad. I bought an extra pad so I could rinse the floor somewhat.
As I had anticipated, this type of mop just shoves the dirt around on the floor. I took off the soiled pad and put on the clean one to rinse the floor. It did an okay job. One complaint is that build up debris collects on the edge of the pad and gets deposited back onto the floor. Number two complaint is that it gives a full spray the first few times, but after that the spray is not as strong.
Grading the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop
I give the mop a B+. It's not really adequate for getting the floor really clean. That requires buckets of water and a cotton rag mop. To really get your floor clean, you need a scrub brush, lots of rags and water. Most people don't want to do such a labor intensive job although I know women who use this method.
I'm glad I bought the Rubbermaid mop, because it's great for small jobs. I'll continue to mop my traditional way once a week and use the Rubbermaid to give the floors a quick once over everyday after sweeping. It's a great tool to have when your floor traffic comes from four dogs and two.
I'm definitely happy with this tool. It gets a thumbs up from me.
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