Traditionally in our house, we use the pocha to clean the floors. This is a floor cleaning cloth which is a bit thick. It is very good for cleaning floors with because if you get the ones which are having a rough texture, they actually scour the stuck on dirt and grime.
We have used this for 20 plus years. Initially, floors were cleaned with the hand. You know, get down on all fours and clean. Nowadays we use a flat rod and place the pocha on the rod and use it to clean the floors.
I was looking for an option which made it easier to clean the floors without touching the pocha, wringing it out and lugging a bucket around. That’s when I made the transition into flat mops.
Flat mop for Floor Cleaning
While looking for hands-free ways to clean the floors I came across the scotch brite floor cleaner. This mop is very lightweight and comes with a micro fibre pad. I was in love with this mop and still am. I use it to clean the floors, walls and the cupboards which are higher up. It does its job so well, it pulls off all dirt and is super soft so does not scratch any surface.
When I had first invested in the Scotch Brite flat mop, I had to spend a lot of time justifying the purchase. It is more expensive than a cleaning pocha and I can use that money in the house for other things. You will not believe how many months I waited before buying that mop. After all, it was just a glorified pocha …
It was there in my wishlist on Amazon for months. One day my flat rod on which I place the pocha and clean the floors, just broke. The joints rusted and it fell apart in two.
I just decided let’s purchase the scotch brite and let’s see if it works. It did, and I was so thrilled, I bought one for my mom and started recommending it to everyone I knew. Some thought me crazy but most purchased it.
Move on to a few years later and I am thrilled with my next new shiny mop. This is the Naivete Plastic Steel 2 in 1 Self Clean Hands-Free Mop.
Why did I want to upgrade from the Scotch Brite Floor Mop?
There were two reasons for the upgrade.
- I had taken the scotch brite mop to my holiday home when I needed something for quick cleaning.
- I needed a flat mop but I did not want to touch the microfibre pad each time for rinsing it.
The scotch brite did not come with a bucket and I used to take it to the bathroom after each section mopped. Then I had to remove the microfibre and wash it, wring it and place it back on the handle.
This was not tooo much work, but I wanted an option which was
- came with a bucket
- was easy to use
- came with something to wring off the dirty water
Mop Floor Cleaner with Bucket
This new obsession of mine is a flat mop. It comes with a bucket and the best part is .. it is a self-cleaning mop… yayyy. I am finally at that happy level with a mop. Cleaning the floors has been taken to the next level at my house.
Advantages of Flat Mops
Flat mops reach all corners of the floors. It is easy to navigate behind doors, under the bed and cupboard. They are easy to use and cover a lot of space. This was true for both my flat mops.
Naivete Plastic Steel 2 in 1 Self Clean Wash Dry Hands-Free Magic Flat Spin Mop
I just purchased this mop and it was delivered on 22nd November. I wanted to test the mop a bit before jumping into the review.
The kit includes
- a flat mop
- a cleaning bucket
- 2 microfiber pads
- instruction booklet
- 2 knobs for the drain holes
The bucket has two compartments so that dirty water and clean water do not mix. The bucket has two small holes at the bottom, one per container.
How to assemble
The rod came in 4 parts and they simply had to be screwed together. There is not much of assembly required apart from screwing the handle together. The stoppers for the holes at the bottom of the container came in a small plastic packet. You can watch me unbox, and assemble in the video.
I did not take a look at the instructions, I just figured it out myself.
When I was deciding on whether to purchase the mop I took a look at the description which actually isn’t much. They could have provided a better description because the description they provided isn’t doing justice to the product.
- the mop can be used on any flat floors which are smooth and hard. So the mop can be used on hardwood floors, marble floors and tiles. I am using it on vitrified tiles.
- It has a self-clean bucket for hands-free washing and drying
- Removable microfibre pads which are easy to clean, trap all kinds of dirt and dust.
- Mop will deep clean the floors with minimal effort.
- Can be used daily and the plastic is of professional grade quality.
- Mop has rectangular shape makes cleaning corners and baseboards easy
This is what I found after having used it for more than 2 weeks.
The mop rod is very light. I did not expect this at all. After assembling it, I was so eager to test it out. I almost felt like a kid with a new candy. I had to try it. I filled the bucket with water and when I dipped it in the water and lifted it I was surprised at how light it was. I am not exaggerating when I say it was too shocking… my immediate thoughts were… uh, oh…is this going to last… it’s too light .
Don’t think that light in weight means the product is flimsy. I truly and honestly have no clue how they managed to design something so lightweight for a heavyweight job.
The tub comes with 2 containers. They said one is for clean water, and one for drying the mop. I had to squint to read the words wash on one container. The wash container is where the clean water goes. You need to leave the second container empty. It is just for drying the mopping pad. There were two plastic knobs which cover the two drains at the bottom of the bucket.
In my eagerness to test it out, I did not plug the holes properly. Well, we had a puddle of water, but I then I got to use my brand new mop to clean that puddle with ease.
The pad is a sticky type. You need to stick it onto the flat mop. My first reaction… are you kidding me? How can a stuck on mop clean? When I saw this feature I literally was so disheartened. I was not sure how a thin stuck on the pad can even do the job. Wouldn’t it just drop off when I start cleaning?
I started cleaning and it stayed stuck on.
So you know the doubting me said… let me check for a week and then surely its gonna fall off.
its been almost 3 weeks now … it hasn’t fallen off, it has survived my crazy cleaning.
They said it would clean all the dirt and grime and fur and hair. I rolled my eyes at this. I was not expecting a miracle. I was happy if it just did an okay job.
I am shocked at how clean the house is with this mop. I am not one to be easily impressed. I can always find a spot missed or fur or hair. Trust me, this mops lifts and pulls everything off.
The initial review was made in December 2018. Today is February 11’2019/
Sad to say that I noticed some rusting in the screws which are in the flat mop head. So I will be discarding the mop very soon.
I am so disappointed because the mop was really good had it lasted a bit more.
I am going back to the mop I always like to use. I like my old mop, it has been with me 2 years now and is still going strong.