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We're already in the middle of May, which means it's definitely time to start spring cleaning if you haven't already. Now that we're all spending more time in our homes, it's especially important to keep your space clean and tidy.
If you have hardwood or tiled floors, you know how difficult it can be to keep them looking spotless. My trusty modern yet flimsy mop recently gave out on me, and I decided it was time to go back to basics. I opted to try my grandma’s approach to cleaning floors: a good old-fashioned mop and bucket combo.
I ordered the bestselling mop on Amazon — the O-Cedar Mop and Bucket Floor Cleaning System. It has more than 10,000 verified customer reviews and a 4.4-star rating. It's also approved by cleaning expert, Don Aslett.
At $30 for the entire O-Cedar system — collapsible mop handle, machine-washable reusable cloth head and bucket with pedal-activated spin technology — I was sold.
It's easy to assemble
Assembling the mop was so simple I didn’t even need to consult the instructions that came with it. I simply extended the pole, which starts out about the length of two bananas, and popped on the triangle-shaped head. The bucket, which holds six liters of water, comes in one piece. All I needed to contribute was floor cleaner.
It mops up dirt fast
The same week the mop came, my 10-year-old neighbors were doing odd jobs to raise money. So, I hired them to mop my laminate floors, which my 150-pound Leonberger had decided to paint with his muddy paw prints. This mop tackled the dirt with ease.
The mop is lightweight and comfortable
At just over 5 pounds, the mop is light enough that the girls had no trouble pushing it around. The “telescoping pole” is adjustable so they could get it to a comfortable height.
The hands-free wringing system is game-changing
However, the pedal was by far their favorite feature. There’s something so satisfying about wringing out a mop, and this hands-free method is incredibly efficient. (One Amazon reviewer even jokes about using it as a foot-activated salad spinner.)
It's a compact, convenient system
Personally, I love that the entire mop bucket fits in my kitchen sink — and I don’t have an oversized sink by any means — so I can easily fill and empty it. The microfiber head dries faster than the rope-style mops my mom used to use and, since the handle collapses, it’s compact enough to fit in a tight utility closet.
There's only one drawback
What I’m not crazy about is that there’s not a separate compartment for the dirty water. So, when I do my two-car garage or my dog has a field day at the river and then runs into my house, I have to dump and refill more often than I’d like to or use a separate bucket for clean water.
I’d pay another $10 to have the “dual bucket technology” that other mops advertise.
It's surprisingly affordable to maintain
The manufacturer recommends replacing the microfiber head every three to six months. A package of three replacement heads costs $17. So, even if I’m on the three-month program, it ends up cheaper than other alternatives on the market.
It might not be flashy, but this classic mop has made spring cleaning an absolute breeze.
The article was originally published on July 9, 2018.
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