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.