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Posted by Cris Carl | Aug 18, 2010

Wet/Dry Floor Cleaning Systems

Reusable wet/dry foor cleaners, from simple to robotic.

iRobot ScoobaI’m a clean freak who is always looking for the next best thing in floor cleaning gadgets. I’ve tried a few products and I’m sure I will try more. The best of all worlds is a product that will both dry and wet mop your floors, no matter what type material your floor is.

Here are a few items on the market that will fit a variety of budgets or level of fussiness.

Starting Simple and Inexpensive

 

If you are tired of brooms or getting on your hands and knees to scrub your floors, one new product looks promising, the O-Cedar Pro-Mist. Pro-Mist is for basic, simple cleaning. For an easy-to- swallow price of about $20, the Pro-Mist can be used dry or wet, has a durable microfiber pad that can be washed and re-used up to 100 times, and best of all, you can use any cleaning product to clean your floors, including plain water. The Pro-Mist also comes with a pad that can be used up to five times before throwing away. The Pro-Mist is a bucket-free wet/dry cleaning option that can be used on most floor surfaces. Though having a flat cleaning surface, I imagine if you have deep crevices in your tile, it may not be as effective.

Using the cleaning solution of your choice (which is not necessarily an option on all wet/dry floor cleaning systems), you control the amount of mist sprayed in front of the pad. The Pro-Mist is designed to be able to clean in tight spaces such as around a toilet or under chairs. Pro-Mist can be purchased at most big box department stores and Tru-Value Hardware. If you have wood floors, Pro-Mist gives you a way to control the amount of wetness more accurately to preserve your surface.

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Taking Wet/Dry Floor Cleaning Systems up a Notch

 

Many of the major vacuum manufacturers have one or more electric wet/dry floor cleaning systems. Hoover, most notably has a number of products that vacuum, and wet scrub floor surfaces. No pun intended, but I got sucked in by the idea that a $150-$200 machine could clean my floors better than anything else. Besides the price, you have to consider the need for electricity, needing to purchase filters from time to time, and having to use specific cleaning solutions. Manufacturer’s recommendations state that any cleaning solutions other than their products will damage the machine.

The electric wet/dry floor cleaning systems clean pretty well. However, you have to take the machine apart (not easy on my model) to clean it each time you use it, especially if you have pets who shed in the house. Newer models come with more attachments to clean tighter spaces and suck up water more readily. Most are dual-tank so that dirty water never goes back onto your floor.

Robotic Wet/Dry Floor Cleaning Systems

 

There are several new products on the market such as the iRobot Scooba. These products have GPS-like sensors that allow them to clean most floor surfaces without falling down stairs or bumping into anything. They cost around $300. The small, robotic cleaners (similar to Roomba) run for about three hours before needing to be charged. They can even sense how hard to scrub, and they can sense carpets.  The iRobot Scooba functions with homemade floor cleaners or bleach. 

Robotic floor cleaning systems can be great for the elderly or disabled – of if you just like nifty new gadgets.

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