Friday, October 8, 2010

Libman Freedom Spray Mop Review

A couple of weeks ago, we received a nice big box from our friendly neighborhood UPS guy. Faith was rather excited, until we opened it up. We received a Libman Freedom Spray Mop. Apparently, when you're 8, a mop is less than exciting.

I'll be honest, when you're 34, a mop is still less than exciting, because it means that you still have to mop the floor. And we've got an awful lot of tile in the house that requires mopping.



I do own my fair share of floor cleaners--a vacuum, a broom, a sweeper thing with disposable cloths, and a mop also with disposable cloths and a refillable cleaner specific to its brand. The Libman basically reminded me of this one, until I discovered two very important points.

1) The cloth that you mop with? It's not one-use disposable. It's a microfiber pad that can be washed in the machine up to 50 times. The green part of me really likes this. I'm not a fan of one use products. We try to avoid plastic wrap, baggies, paper towels, etc, for normal uses. We have reusable containers for leftovers and lunches, use dishtowels to dry dishes, and save the disposable products for the only-when-necessary situations.

2) The cleaning solution bottle? It's refillable, with your choice of cleaner, not theirs. Just add your solution to it and mop. The brand-specific part of me really likes this. I already know what cleaners I like, I really don't enjoy change a whole lot. And I do hate having to rewash floor spots because other cleaners didn't get them out anyhow.

My biggest complaint about the other mop I have? When I finally give in and decide to actually mop the kitchen floor (versus running over it with a vacuum & calling it a day), I'm either out of cloths or out of the cleaning solution. Since the desire to mop doesn't come along very frequently, it's not like it's going to last long enough for me to run to SuperTarget and pick up cleaner or cloths.

I also discovered that the Libman mop doesn't take batteries to use the sprayer. Remember my cloth/cleaning bottle problem? Well, we run out of batteries pretty often too. And much like those cloths/cleaning bottles, by the time I run to Target and get more batteries, the urge to mop the house is pretty much gone.

All in all, I'm liking it. Really, the use your own cleaner and reusable pad sold me on it, as long as it worked equal to what I already had. It does and I'd even lean towards a little bit better, simply because of that "use my own cleaner" part.

The Libman Freedom Spray Mop is available at retailers nationwide as of August 2010 with a suggested retail price of $19.99 to $24.99. It is manufactured in the USA and can be found fully assembled in the mop and broom section of your favorite store.

Would you like to try it? Leave a comment below with a way for me to reach you to be entered to win one (1) Libman Freedom Spray Mop! Open to US residents only, due to shipping. Ends Friday, October 22.

Disclosure: I received this product free from Libman, as part of a review program with Mom Bloggers Club. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. No additional compensation was received.

10 comments:

  1. Oh boy. I loathe the two mops I have now, and this one sounds like heaven!!

    I have a mop with disposable cloth, but no sprayer. Obviously the cloth doesn't stay wet enough to do my entire kitchen, it barely stays wet long enough to do the bathroom!

    I also have a regular old sponge mop. It had plastic bolts holing the mop to the handle and they broke, so we're currently using it with metal bolts that don't actually fit it. Oh, and I don't cherish the thought of using that mop after using it to clean up potty training....*shudder*

    In short, lol, a sprayer mop with a washable cloth sounds awesome. You can contact me through my blog if I win!

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  2. I have such a love-hate relationship with my mop. Well, honestly, it's a hate-hate relationship. The sponge kind gets nasty and gross and skeeves me out. The Swiffer drives me nuts because I loathe throwing away the little "cloths" because I'm a closet tree hugger. I have white stone tile in the kitchen, entry way and bathrooms (yeah, white...what a genius idea!) but Pergo in the living and eating areas along with the bedrooms. It would be nice to find a mop that could be used for all the floors.

    You could try and contact me through my blog, but I'm not sure how totally set up I am so I can also be found at kim (at) reklein (dot) com.

    Shoot, now you have me thinking about mopping and the fact that my inlaws are coming tomorrow.

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  3. I've got a baby that is about to be crawling so I will need to be cleaning the floor more often. I have hear such wonderful things about this mop already and would love to try it.

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  4. I agree with you on the "desire to mop", my floor gets a quick wipe regularly (wood floors) but real, cleaner mopping is not frequently enough, especially w/ 3 little ones under foot! I would love to give this a try.
    spdrs_2000 at yahoo dot com

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  5. My husband likes those disposable mop pads, but I can't stand them! I'd love to try this and be able to replace the disposable stuff.

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  6. I have been dying to try one of these. I have a Swiffer but it costs so much money to keep that thing in business. Add to that the fact that I have a 7 year old that loves to "help" and I'm always running out of that pricey liquid.

    pandahugger(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I have an old fashioned yarn mop, a sponge mop, and a Swiffer. Hate them all! The Libman looks like something I could actually "like"! Thanks for the review :)

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  8. I'd love to try this. I too hate those disposable mop pads.
    kilijen at yahoo dot com

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  9. It takes me 4 steps to clean my kitchen floor - I sweep, then dry Swiffer, then Shark (steam), then I wet Swiffer. It would be so nice to get away from the 4 steps to just one or two - sweeping, then mopping. I love the idea of refilling the bottle. That's why I wet Swiffer - because I want my kitchen to SMELL like I just mopped! Filling the bottle with my preferred cleanser would be great! :)

    mommywainman@yahoo.com

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  10. Having 3 dogs,sometimes 4, can wreak havoc on a floor. Using the Swiffer is just okay....can be expensive depending on the weather and we DO get some pretty diverse weather in Canada. That said, it would be a joy to have a mop that had a washable cloth instead of disposable..which can get VERY expensive. Throw in company and it seems the floor is constantly being mopped! This mop sounds like a gift...would love to see if it could hold up to your review!

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