I want to take a break from the "high drama" of our lives to blow off some steam in a totally mundane area of my life. After all, the necessary chores and daily rounds go on even when everything else goes straight to hell. That is why I need to spend a few minutes complaining about the Swiffer Wet Jet mop.
When we first had the floors done, the installers told us that they always recommend the Swiffer Wet Jet to clean them. They raved about the Swiffer and told us it was the "BEST THING EVER" to keep our floors looking shiny and wonderful. So, we went off and invested in two wet jets; one for each side -- and all the other junk that goes with them. We have, in the intervening months, purchased box after box of Swiffer pads and Swiffer cleaning solution, and we have dutifully mopped and mopped and mopped. The verdict? The Swiffer Wet Jet -- SUCKS! It mostly just spreads stuff around. It really doesn't clean. The cleaning solution is expensive. To get our whole place clean takes at least two and often three pads, and the floor always ends up looking streaky and cloudy. The mop goes through batteries -- yet another expense. The spray button is in the exact spot on the handle where I tend to put my hand to push the mop, and I have never yet figured out how to hit the sprayer button to dispense cleaning solution ONLY when I want to do so. Too, I have been completely unable to understand how to make the sprayer put solution where I want it to go -- which is NOT on my walls or furniture. Grrrrr!
I give it up. Maybe I am just too old fashioned -- or perhaps just too old, but as of today, I have retired my Swiffer and resurrected my bucket and sponge mop. I will go back to doing my floors the way my mother and grandmother did them -- with a mop (occasionally doing it up right with a good, serious scrubbing on my hands and knees). I'll determine the contents of my cleaning solution, thank you very much. I've washed enough floors to know when it takes water; when it needs some soap; when a vinegar rinse will suffice; and when I need to get serious and add a bit of Pine Sol. No more Swiffer for me. Getting my floors clean is not rocket science. It is a simple thing and I am going back to simple.