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Hard floor cleaner or mop and bucket?

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Grannynannywanny Thu 28-May-20 11:13:46

Not sure if it’s allowed to mention a brand here but I see an advert daily on tv for a well known brand of super gliding hard floor cleaner.

It vacuums the floors while also washing them. Anyone use one and is it efficient?

At £249 it doesn’t come cheaply

Calendargirl Thu 28-May-20 11:31:23

I still get down on my hands and knees to wash my tiled kitchen and bathroom floors.


Won’t be able to do that indefinitely I know.

Luckygirl Thu 28-May-20 11:41:22

FlashMop does me - cheap and cheerful. You fix a pre-loaded disposable cloth to it and away you go. You can also fix any cloth to it and load with say wood floor cleaner as needed.

Charleygirl5 Thu 28-May-20 11:48:06

My kneeling days were over, long before my bil. knee replacements and ankle pins and plate.

I have also seen that advert and it does look good but the price is horrendous unless you can find more than one person who swears by it.

There are also robot vacuums which also wipe a floor costing on average £160.

NanTheWiser Thu 28-May-20 11:56:45

I use a spray mop (from Lakeland, other brands available). Just fill the reservoir, pull the trigger, and it squirts a spray in front of the mop head, so easy! And about a tenth of the price!

Furret Thu 28-May-20 11:57:37

I use a Karcher hard flood cleaner. Does the job.

Grannynannywanny Thu 28-May-20 11:59:35

I’ve always preferred to get down on the hands and knees for a thorough floor wash.

No longer able due to a back injury and currently vacuum followed by mop and bucket. But I feel I’m not doing as good a job.

(Nobody’s been over the door for 11 weeks so I’m not sure why I’m worried!)

Agreed £249 is a huge amount of money. I won’t be getting one any time soon, was just wondering are they as super duper as they appear on the ad.

Furret Thu 28-May-20 12:21:46

A quick review then.

Good points
* easy to set up and use.
* you can simply spray your cleaner of choice on floor and run over it or just use plain water.
* judging by the muck that comes out I’m a very back housekeeper or it’s doing a good job
* leaves floors clean and nearly dry

Bad points
* fiddler to clean machine rollers afterwards
* Karcher customer service not great if it breaks down (as did ours)

Furret Thu 28-May-20 12:22:42

Fiddly...iPad taking over again.

travelsafar Thu 28-May-20 12:25:49

I use floor wipes from Aldi. Open out on the floor push around with the broom, change for another once the first one gets dirty, they are brilliant and smell lovely too.

Yangste1007 Thu 28-May-20 12:27:26

I've just bought a Vileda Spin Mop and bucket. £20 from Dunelm click and collect. It was recommended to me by my cousin whose floor always looks immaculate. I've used it once and I was very pleased with the result. I think you can use it just with water but I put some Method Rhubarb (!) floor stuff in the water for a bit of a nice smell. The water incidentally was filthy when I threw it away!

TrendyNannie6 Thu 28-May-20 12:28:58

I get down on hands and knees and clean kitchen floor the old fashioned way, then when dry I go over it with the flash mop lol

sodapop Thu 28-May-20 12:33:13

I've been looking at those as well Grannynannywanny not sure I could justify the expense. I can't kneel either but found mop and bucket makes the floors too wet.
I use the same system as Luckygirl but worry a bit about it being bad ecology wise. One of our dogs is older with continence problems so I do use a lot of wipes.
I have been in places where they use mops which look disgusting and must be putting more bacteria etc on the floor than they take off - yuk.

Grannynannywanny Thu 28-May-20 13:03:39

Agreed Sodapop, a dirty mop is muck spreader. I like to soak mine in a bucket of bleachy water after use.

Thanks everyone for all your replies.

MiniMoon Thu 28-May-20 13:07:16

I am still a fan of the good old mop and bucket. I keep the mop clean as Grannynannywanny does.

Shrub Thu 28-May-20 13:07:52

Just this morning I have given my kitchen floor it’s yearly wash. Only done in the summer with a Vileda magic mop with replaceable sponge thingy.

Grannynannywanny Thu 28-May-20 13:27:15

That does sound like magic!

Bathsheba Thu 28-May-20 13:50:29

Your kitchen floor is washed once a year? shock

Luckygirl Thu 28-May-20 13:55:33

Once a year entirely sufficient - clear up spills as they happen. Life is too short for scrubbing floors!

Dottydots Thu 28-May-20 15:09:05

I too get down on my hands and knees and use a big sponge and floor cleaner in a bucket. In the past I've tried lots of gimmicky squeezy items, which sounded good, but I have small hands and no strength, so they were all a waste of money. I'm wary of spending big money on a new fangled floor cleaner in case I'm disappointed.

Margsus Thu 28-May-20 16:05:09

My kitchen floor is tiled but the surface of the tiles isn’t smooth (pale grey wood effect). I find that dirt gets into the grooves and the only way to remove it is with an old-fashioned hard scrubbing brush - unless anybody has any better ideas?

sodapop Thu 28-May-20 16:25:53

I have to wash my kitchen floor daily and once a week with the steam cleaner.

Charleygirl5 Thu 28-May-20 18:47:47

Margsus I have problems with tiles in my hall and a downstairs loo and I looked on Amazon and there is a liquid by HG costing around £10 which seems to do what you want. I believe after your floor is at the standard you want you then have to seal it- again that company supplies a sealant. You may not need to buy the cleaner, just apply sealant because you scrub your floor as you would have to with the HG cleaner. Does that make sense?

Margsus Thu 28-May-20 22:09:07

Yes it does make sense Charleygirl, thank you. I’ll look into that.