I Hate Mopping Too

I Hate Mopping Too

Browsing through bearing’s archives, I found this old post: Towels are the new mops:

I hate mopping the floor.  Hate, hate, hate it.  So every time I have to do it, I spend the whole time fuming, scrubbing furiously, and thinking about ways I might make the chore faster, easier, less frequent, less odious, or (ideally) obsolete.  So I never seem to do it the same way twice. 

Some of my experimental mopping methods, like the one described in this post, are more fun than others.  But after exhausting a dozen different ideas, ranging from schemes where I mop a tiny section of my floor every day to gadgets like the Swiffer WetJet, I think I’ve come to the following conclusion:

The best way to clean a floor is on hands and knees.

Oh I so agree with everything she says. In the past couple of years I’ve gravitated more and more to simply washing the floor on my hands and knees rather than using a mop and bucket. But I must confess I’ve felt slightly guilty for doing it that way. It somehow felt wrong. it’s nice to have confirmation from an engineer that it actually makes the most sense. Bearing’s got a few pointers that will help me in the future. I’d never thought to actually have two towels, one to wash and one to dry. Can’t believe I missed it; but then I’m not an engineer.

And I can tell you, I was inspired to put it into practice: my dining room floor got washed last night. And it looks so nice!



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