Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Spills on the floor are inevitable, but cleaning them shouldn't be much of a task. That's where the Smart Mop comes in to play. The mop is supposed to make cleaning wet and dry spills easier. But "Does it Work?"
The Smart Mop gets the smart name because it claims to keep you hands out of dirty water while at the same time reducing back bending. The mop comes in three pieces that assemble both quickly and easily. The head is made of strips of chamois cloth attached to the mop handle at both ends. With the mop set to go, I filled my bucket with water and floor cleaner. Now, I just need a mess. The news team came my aid in defacing some company property. We covered the floor with a broken egg topped with barbecue sauce, some egg nog with a swirl of chocolate syrup, salt along with brown sugar, month old salsa, and a whole can of fruit punch.
Looking at the mess on the floor, I said, "Well it looks like I have quite a mess here to clean up and hopefully the Smart Mop does the job. Otherwise, I guess I'll have some explaining to do."
The commercial claims the Smart Mop can hold the liquid of an entire can of soda, all without dripping. In our case, it absorbed some liquid from our fruit punch can, leaving the rest on the ground. And guess what? It dripped even with only half the can absorbed. A dip and squeeze of the mop, and I was able to absorb the rest of the punch. The next mess was the egg nog-chocolate syrup combo. It did an okay job absorbing the thicker liquid mess, requiring a few dips into the cleaner solution. Then, I ran into an unexpected problem.
"We've only used the mop for a few passes and so far the handle broke off as I was attempting it. The handle is not necessary to keep things going. However, there are a few sharp edges left over from where it broke off," I said holding the broken handle in my hand.
I was able to finish up the remaining liquid spills with a few more passes, despite the broken handle. The barbecue sauce covered egg cleaned up with the mop using a combination of effort and finesse, but it left behind some of the egg shell. Some of the dry mess was picked up by the mop, leaving some chunks after a couple passes. The liquid in the salsa was absorbed, but the veggie bits were left on the floor. I picked up all the leftover solids by hand and with a fresh batch of water and cleaner, I did a final pass on the floor. The mop head was soiled after use, so it was time for the so called easy removal to throw in the wash. Unscrewing the top was no problem, but sliding the head over the handle as instructed was not easy, proving nearly impossible. With a broken handle, a hard to remove mop head, and it's failure to absorb a can worth of fruit punch without dripping, the Smart Mop pushes it's way to a messy NO for this week's "Does it Work?" test. The Smart Mop cost us $14.99 at a local business.
Web Extra: The positive news is that the Smart Mop works as a mop and just a mop. As a person of about six feet, I still needed to bend a bit to use to mop. The mop seemed to work just about the same as any regular mop, wiping up spills of both dry and wet varieties. It was nice to be able to twist to wring the mop instead of using my hands or a separate wringer, but it wasn't long before the grip handle broke off the mop while I was twisting to ring the head. This handle is what's supposed to make the design so unique, preventing bending as well as wet hands. The construction of the mop head did not allow for easy removal in order to remove it from the handle. I was not able to remove the mop head at all, following all instructions. The head claims to be machine washable, but needs to air dry. All in all, I'm going back to hands and knees approach with a rag to keep my floors clean!
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