Saturday, September 10, 2011

Cleanliness? Who's Version?

I am convinced that one person's idea of cleanliness is not the same as others. So it seems this goes for companies who develop cleaning products and equipment. A few weeks ago, I used a Shark steamer on my kitchen tile floor. It wasn't the most delightful job I had ever done but it had to satisfy me at the time. Life was busy, I had just sent my babies back to college and was adjusting to the empty nest. So I was obviously nesting, cleaning everything in sight. Anyway, today I decided to get back to the kitchen floor. I steamed it first with the Shark. All the while thinking that the filth I was seeing couldn't be true! I said to myself "this modern technology has to be better than being on my hands and knees" and cursing the fact that I am not impressed by the Shark steamer one bit. Finished, I take a picture of the results. I can honestly say I am surprised and horrified!! My floor was that dirty? Come on!

I decided to go over the floor again, using a different product... Could it be the Shark was not hot enough or strong enough to shoosh out enough steam? And what about sanitization? Hmmm...let's try the wet Swiffer. I used the one that has the cleaner attached to the side so you can squirt out as much as you want to the floor area? Well, I used this over the same area thinking it would at least pick up what the steamer did not. I used the dry Swiffer pad, to begin and ended with results as equally horrific as the first. How can that be? It can't be possible that the floor was still as filthy as the first time using the steamer! Impossible!! Well the results told no lie no matter how embarrassing!

Now I am thinking surely a third go over will produce more pleasing results. So, I will try the Swiffer again with my version of a better pad to clean the floor. I put a terry cloth pad on the mop with a cloth padding layer inside. I used the liquid Swiffer floor cleaner again too. It smells pretty clean. The pad on the mop seems to be doing a pretty nice job. Or so I thought! That pad looked as if I went over the floor for the first time after a herd of elephants!

I am becoming quite discouraged thinking that my floor looks as if I have never cleaned it! Should I try a fourth go over? On my hands and knees? If I do, I don't think I'll post the results. It's embarrassing to think I've been using these products with the confidence that my floors have been getting clean and sanitized.

Beware commercial cleaning brands, I have followers and I use can find me in Google search.

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