Aug 7, 2010

The new mop.

So, some of you know of my deep and abiding love of my special mop.  I have a mop thing, sort of like my scent thing, and I can't resist a new and better looking one.  Let me add in here, I have three problems to work around - rheumatoid arthritis, hard floors throughout my whole house, and I'm cheap so I don't want to buy expensive canisters of solution since I mop often.  In the end, about six years ago, I found this mop and bucket system and love it.  I mean,  I genuinely love it.  O-Cedar UltraMax  It was perfection in a hands touching, no bending, it goes behind toilets and up under couches, long handle for us tall people, pad cleans the floor very well and I can use my own pretty smelling cleaners...then toss the pad in the washer when it's done, all good again.   What's not to love, right?  Except they discontinued it in the US, the bastards.  I've made that poor pad last over 3 years but it's shot and I was faced with a choice - do I order a new pad for around $30 shipped (yes, just for the pad) from out of the country, or do I suck it up and mop shop?  I've been mop shopping.  Nothing.  Miss Arse has a Libman Wonder Mop and loves it, so I borrowed it.  I wasn't thrilled because it involved a lot of bending over to wring it when you do an entire house.  For her kitchen, dining room and two small baths?  It's a great mop,. no question.  It wasn't for me, though.  So, I'm getting all braced up to lay some money out for a new UltraMax pad when I stumble across something brand new at Publix.  I found this:  O-Cedar ProMist.  Let me just tell you about this mop because it is wonderful!  Maybe even better than my beloved UltraMax.  It is like a Swiffer WetJet in that it needs no bucket but it is oh-so-much better! The head swivels, the container is refillable so you can use your own cleaning solution or just plain water, it takes no batteries and it gives you a  choice of replacement pads...a microfiber one that is washable for months and months of heavy use or semi-disposable ones that I can get 10 for around $8 and they can be washed 3 times each. It also will use Swiffer Wet Jet pads. After looking at it, I think it will take *any pads that attach with velcro, so you know.  My house is small, around 1200 square feet.  I just mopped it all  and had to refill the canister once.  I also removed and thoroughly rinsed out the microfiber pad while I was at the sink doing that.  No big deal at all since I empty the bucket and rinse the pad on the UltraMax once midway, too.  That's it, I've found a mop that beats my perfect mop!  It's not cheap initially, so you know.  It was $22 at Publix but I do get a $5 mail-in rebate on that and since it beats the nearly $30 for the replacement head alone on the UltraMax, I'm thrilled.  So far, I've not found it at Walmart but when it hits there, it should be a bit cheaper.  I swear, I should be a product tester or something, shouldn't I?  ;-)  I'm not, though...I'm just me, always on a the hunt for things to make life easier and cheaper. This mop is amazing and I'd recommend it to anyone, no question.  It's the best mop I've ever had and I can't imagine anyone expecting or wanting more from one.  My once-beloved UltraMax is now the official utility room/emergency second mop.  And that?  Is something I never thought would happen.  For the record, I used Mistolin brand cleaner in Gardenia scent and it smells wonderful in here. Also, for the record, I should be in bed instead of writing this post.


Lindsay said...

I want one. Now. I'm going on a mission to find one because we don't have a Publix here.

Jeanette said...

We don't have a Publix either :(

You're pretty good at these "household products" posts! I'd like to see an update on your air freshener supply. There have been a few new things come out and I'm curious as to your favorites now!

Trudy said...

So whens the giveaway?

much better post then the frickin cow parts you cook.