One of my goals for 2013 is to get a handle on cleaning. I hate cleaning. It doesn’t matter what chore it is; I still hate it. I’m always looking for ways to make it easier, quicker, and more manageable (hmmm, sounds like the same philosophy I have in the kitchen). I once bought a handheld steamer because the infomercial said it could sanitize the bathroom and clean baked on food from the stove top, all while being lightweight and portable. Yup, I used that steamer…twice. Well, maybe more, but definitely not as many times as I could have. It just didn’t make cleaning any easier. Instead, it seemed to add an extra step to my cleaning routine because I now had to wipe up all the gunk that the steamer dislodged and then clean the steamer itself when I finished.
I’d seen the Quickie HomePro Steam Mop at Walmart many times. Mopping the kitchen and bathrooms is one of those chores that I hate doing. It’s not that it’s hard; it’s just time consuming. I’d tried the Swiffer WetJet and using the regular Swiffer with wet pads and neither were able to get the floor squeaky clean, and I hated the idea of having to always throw away the pads (seems kinda wasteful). Don’t get me start on the gross mop and bucket method. Not having a readily available outdoor faucet makes cleaning a mop a real hassle.
I finally gave in yesterday (against my better judgment) and bought it. When we were living in our big house, I had a BISSELL Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner which I absolutely loved using. It vacuumed and steam cleaned the floors, all in one lightweight machine. Unfortunately, when we moved out of our big house back to Hawaii, we gave it away. Now that we’re back on the mainland again (and having to mop again), I’m really wishing I still had it. If I could work it into our already strapped budget, I would totally go out and buy it again. That’s where the Quickie comes into play. At $38.98 at Walmart, it’s just so much more affordable at this time than the Bissell.
Set up was pretty simple. My teenager was able to get it put together before her friends posted another annoying photo on Instagram. We read and reread the directions and got to work. We filled the water canister, plugged it in, and turned the steam control knob to “Max”. According to the directions, it should only take 30 seconds to heat up. There’s even a caution of high temperature sticker on the steam mop.
Well, we waited…and waited…and waited. The body got a little hot, but there was no steam. The steam head didn’t even get hot, and when we lifted it up, the underside of the steam head wasn’t hot. The teenager and I looked over the directions again, went over the trouble shooting, and even left it on for another 5 minutes to see if any steam would form. Nothing, nada. I could feel my $40 going down the drain. Well, that was completely pointless. Not only am I out $40, but my floors are still filthy.
In hindsight, I could have easily saved the $40 I spent on the Quickie, and eventually had enough to buy the Bissell. But I was looking for something I could use now to get the floors cleaned. I didn’t want to wait 2 months (insert toddler tantrum here)!!! And because of my brashness, I’m learning the hard way. *sigh* So I’m signing off…to go mop.
Until next time,