Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cross cultural cleaning

Today was my turn to clean the apartment I live in. I have 2 other roommates and each person cleans the apartment one week, in rotation. I like the system since this means that I don't have to think about cleaning for 2 whole weeks!

So I asked my roommate to show me the tools and cleaning materials. Pretty usual stuff, including this mop:

But what really surprised me (as in: Wow, they really do have some great ideas put to practice here!) was the cloth that goes under the mop:
It has a towel texture on one side, and velcro on the other side, which makes the cloth stick to the mop. I thought it was a great idea! No more worries about soggy cloths getting off the mop, or uncleanable mop tops! Just throw it in the laundry when you are done and voilá, you've got a new cloth.

But my excitement only lasted for about 2 minutes. As soon as the cloth was wet it didn't stick any more! So then it became harder to clean the floor than with the traditional mop or the traditional squeegee-and-cloth combo. I ended up cleaning the kitchen floor by crawling around with the small velcro-cloth in my hand. There must be some way to make it work though, otherwise there would be no need for this ad:
Which I thought was hilarious!!!


  1. isn't it a dry mop? Not supposed to use water?

  2. Nope... thought of that, but my roommate made it clear that water (and a whole bucket!) was needed...