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Shiny. Doesn’t Mean Clean ! ! !

Just as many posters have been cleaning the house, I thought I was done.  Then I noticed a suspicious straight edged line on the vinyl flooring.  One side was bright, the other dingy looking.  

 

Got a dampened paper towel and discovered that the Haan steamer hasn't been really cleaning the floor.  I wash the velcro pads and switch them out as they get dirty, but

 

Rather, over years, it has been depositing dirty steam / water and this has been building up.  The vinyl always shines but every place I checked dirt came up on the wet paper towel.  I bought the steamer because at 75 I have had knee problems and thought this would help.

 

Today I found the cordless handheld bathroom scrubber and sprayed small floor sections.  I was bent over but the small areas easily came clean.  What a difference !!!  I now know that my kitchen and great room are clean as well as shiny.

 

Found a telescoping cordless scrubber on Amazon:  same brand, cheaper, no shipping and handling, and tax was refunded.  Of course, it won't arrive until I am done !

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Shiny. Doesn’t Mean Clean ! ! !

I have a steam scrubber too but not my favorite tool.  I've always hated those 'pads' that you wash and reuse.  Just seems nasty thing to put in washer; but it does remove black heel marks. 

Whatever works to have clean floors - I'm for.  Hope your new cleaner works well for you.

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Re: Shiny. Doesn’t Mean Clean ! ! !

I'm in the same boat as you (age-wise almost) and I use the mop that spins out the water and I use vinegar and water.  I then walk a towel around the floor to dry it and clean it up.  Some corners I need to bend down to do how I want it, but I can't get down anymore either with my knees.   

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Re: Shiny. Doesn’t Mean Clean ! ! !

@QualityGal 

 

 I watched how the cleaning lady's clean the floor.  I had vinyl for years and now hardwood they do it the same way to dry floor.  I do not like the floors left wet, as residue remains and builds up. They mop the floor with A mop that has removable mop head I guess clean one for each home. Then to dry they take long  white towel wrapped around the sweeper neck.  It makes a great floor dryer.  That's easy to manipulate.  They remove it as they leave my home and place on their bin   Drys really well.  I am trying to master how exactly they do it.  I might ask so I can do it in between cleanings.  Beats the dancing and doing the twist with floor towel. Although good exercise.  But with my spine I can't do that anymore, but I can move mop forward and back  

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Re: Shiny. Doesn’t Mean Clean ! ! !

I did't like my scrubber after a few uses so I trashed it and those nasty pads..  Like you, I "wiped" off the floor after I had just steamed it and couldn't believe what came up on the rag.  Made me angry because I thought I had been doing such a good job.  

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Re: Shiny. Doesn’t Mean Clean ! ! !

That has been my experience too, but overall, I'm satisfied using a steam cleaner. When I deep clean I'll wash and rinse the hard surfaces, but with no kids or pets in the house, steam cleaning is pretty good.