Thursday, April 19, 2007
Read The Label
I got up this morning and went about my normal daily routine. I made the bed, wiped down the bathroom, cleaned up the kitchen, got my husband's coffee ready for tomorrow, and set my robo maid to cleaning the floors. Well, I chose to do more. I swept and mopped the bathroom floor. Then I swept and mopped the kitchen floor, and that is where it all began. Sweeping was no problem. It's the mopping that got me. I mopped the floor as usual using my swiffer wet-jet and mop-n-glo. ( I don't necessarily HAVE to use the swiffer floor solution) The problem with mopping the floor is that since we have been in this apartment (10 months) the floor has seemed to get dirtier and dirtier. (It's a white floor) It seems to be in the areas we walk and not so much under the microwave table etc. This has been extremely frustrating to me. So, today after I mopped the floor I noticed that I got the spots up ( like spilled coffee etc.) but it seemed to be dirtier than when I started. It was like I was grinding the dirt in with the mop. I couldn't figure. Well I decided to get after it. I put on my rubber shoes and got out a scrubber thing and taped it to my wet-jet. Then I removed everything I could from the kitchen floor. After that, I mixed up hot water and some Mr. Clean and poured it all over the floor. Made puddles of it. I began to scrubber the floor. Some stuff came up and I put a new scrubber on. Finally that grunge seemed to be coming up, but the scrubber just wasn't doing what I needed it to. I pulled it off and looked at it. There was a buildup on it. Well it turns out that it was the mop-n-glo. I guess that product puts down a waxy type of substance for the "glow" part. And it was trapping dirt on my floor. So when I discovered this, I had been at it for a while and I had dirty mop water all over my floor. I mopped it up and mixed up new hot water and Mr. Clean, got out a scrub brush, got out my 2 pillows that are cased in plastic, and got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed liked my aunt used to. That did it. It's coming up. I say coming because I have a decent sized kitchen and I'm not through. I'm doing a section at a time. I'm not used to that and I have knee problems so I do part and then rest a bit and do some more. But that is taking care of the dirt! Had I only read the mop-n-glo label, I would have known that it is not to be used on this type of floor. It didn't harm the floor, just made it nasty. The funny part is that the more I mopped the worse it got. So I got rid of the little that was left and I will stick with Mr. Clean or the Swiffer wet-jet solution from now on. You'd think at my age I'd know these things!