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I'm still stuck on the old tried and true method of hands and knees....slowly introducing the Steamer on small areas.
Reason for both~My reasoning is if I have to bend over to do a good job on the baseboards, why not stay there and do the floor?
We, at times, use the Steamer for laundry rooms, foyers, that have a small amount of baseboards that are separately paid attention to.
 

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The microfiber mops are pretty good and easily available online.I have been using them for a few years now,never got down on my hand and knees. But at times cleaning the corners becomes a tedious job.What I would suggest, is to sometimes to use your hands, but prior to that make sure to vacuum clean the floor well.A small brush or a scrubber could also be helpful in doing the corners.But I feel that the best cleaning is done when a lot of effort is put into the job.
 

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Microfiber cleaning towels have been around for quite some time. The microfibers can hold a lot of water without dripping thus leaving the floor cleaner with less standing water. The floor dries much faster, reducing the chance of slipping and sliding.
For hardwood floors, steam cleaners are good.
 

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I'm using O-Cedar Microfiber Cloth Mop. I'm cleaning only my house, but this mop has proven very good, actually. I'm very satisfied. The best thing about this mop is that has a very sturdy handle and has a machine washable microfiber head, which is very practical in my opinion. I found information about this mop on the internet and I can share a link of that website, so you can read about other mop types and find the one that you like more. So, this is the website: https://www.bestproductspro.com/mop-for-tile-floors/

I hope that you can find some useful information. It helped me a lot!
 

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I dont use any of that stuff. To me, all you are doing is shoving dirty water around on a floor. I see evidence of this in many of my residential cleaning jobs.

IO use an ordinary Swiffer mop but I do NOT use their nasty wet pads. UGH, they make me want to throw up, all sticky and icky. I buy white washcloths at Dollar General. They hook onto the mop head quite easily.. Dampen them first and then spritz on some all purpose cleaner and off I go. I mop a smallish area and when the cloth stays white (or almost white-) the floor is clean. Because I have done this so long, I am quite fast doing this. I always try to work as efficiently as I can....time is money! I will never use an ordinary mop of any sort again. I personally think it is kinda disgusting to see someone shoving a dirty mop around a floor.

I keep a dull pocket knofe in my apron pocket and a damp rag (someone else mentioned that-). When I vacuum, if something doesnt comoe up right away I use the knife to gently scrap the stuff up. NOT on hardwood or laminate floors however! The damp rag removes whatever it is I( scraped up. Then I start mopping.
 

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This is a really old post but since this has popped up, new and improved mops have also. I use the Bona mop ($29.99 @Wal-Mart) and it has a spray nozzle on the that sprays a pretty nice sized area. A little easier than carrying an extra spray bottle around. I see O'Cedar has also come out with almost the same design (prior/after (?) and that mop allows you to dirty one side and flip it for another. I am just easing myself into it because as someone else said, "My reasoning is if I have to bend over to do a good job on the baseboards, why not stay there and do the floor?" I am also a person that can't leave 1 hair or crumb on the floor and I can see that the closer to the floor I a7*m.

Missannienow~Does the Swiffer have openings to enable you to get the rag to stay in place? I loved the idea so I tried using extremely tough clips to try and attach a rag (I use flour sack towels) and it didn't work out too well for me.
 

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The StarMop Pro is a great option for the environmentally conscious. The detachable microfiber pads are reusable, cutting down on the waste involved with other options like the Swiffer WetJet. Simply rinse out the pad after use and toss it in the washing machine every now and then. The makers of this mop claim that it cleans just as well using only water, and reviewers back up that claim, adding that some white vinegar diluted in the water cleans their floors as well as the harsher chemical floor solutions.

Although the StarMop Pro is certainly greener than the next generation mops, it's obviously not quite as convenient. Washing the pads takes more time than simply throwing them away, and the fact that it can only be bought online (or from TV infomercials) may be a turn-off for some people. The pluses for many reviewers, however, seem to outweigh the negatives.

This mop can pull double duty as a duster, and the grooves in the fiber make it ideal for scrubbing. It requires no wringing out like some other mops do, and the swivel head makes it easy to clean hard to reach areas, like behind the toilet.

The StarMop Pro comes with one pad. Replacement pads can be bought online at $24.95 for a box of four.
 

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The Swiffer does have openings, made to insert either their dry mop pads or their wet ones. The washcloths I use are fairly thin but not so thin they wear out quickly. I have triede brands of washcloths, but the ones I get at Dollar General are the most sturdy - plus they are cheap! $5 for a pack of 6, I think.

The Swiffer dry pads are great to get dust and pet fur. The wet ones, however, do a terrible job of cleaning and leave a sticky film on tile floors.
 

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I've been using a Bissell Powerfresh Steam Mop. It is light. it is Affordable. it has washable pads that come in two textures. it can steam hardwood laminate and tile and also carpet and upholstery.
 

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Aw come on. Most of you are just swishing dirty water all over the floors! UGH! People hire me because I do not do that. Ever. My system actually saves time and [pretty much guarantees a clean floor. My customers would fire you for using a string mop.
 

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Why not just vacuum the floor first and then damp mop it? Why bother dust mopping at all??? In my own home, I do sometimes use a microfiber cloth on my Swiffer, to pick up cat hairs and odd bits of stuff. But in my work, I vacuum, then mop.
My system actually saves time. I carry a bucket filled with damp washcloths that have had cleaning stuff spritzed onto them. When the cloth stays white, the floor is clean. I waste no time wringing out a nasty mop. The idea of swishing dirty water on floors just seems awful to me.
And yes, I AM a bit OCD about this! LOL!
 

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WHEN I use a mop, I use the Rubbermaid brand. My sister prefers the Bona. I am still a hands and knees type of floor cleaner. Using those mops, although everyone and their brother are using them and asking us to do so, is like using ONE rag to clean the floor without ever rinsing it. Make sense? Nope!
I do have some floors that can get away with using the new-fangled mops but if they have kids or dogs or bring in salty snow or mud in spring, hands and knees are still the way to go. I have washed a floor after my sister used the mop just to prove to her what she left on the floor and it was ridiculous. I dare anyone to use a mop and do a white sock test afterward. lol
 

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Pretty Cool !!! I swear I use a wet dry cansiter vac and upright like you and always start with a detailed vacuum.... This does help tremendously...
 

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THANK YOU !!! Soooo glad you posted this. I clean vacation rental home and many of them are really large.... The floors are taking up a lot of time and Ive been considering the steam mop... You just confirmed this is route I should try.... Thanks for sharing!
 
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