Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Steam = Clean


This will probably be the dumbest post I ever write.  Those who know me know that I am a bit of a neat freak.  Of course, my Mom would argue that as a kid I was quite the opposite.  I was a total slob then but I know I had that inner Obsessive Compulsive Clean Machine just waiting to come out!

We adopted two very big dogs a couple of months ago.  They are Giant Schnauzers. One is 100 lbs and the other is 90 lbs.  Our Miniature Schnauzer, the perfect princess Smokie, has been with us for almost ten years now and even she likes them.  These dogs are the BEST dogs you could ask for.  They are housebroken, they are loving, they are protective and playful, and they are so big that they have fulfilled my childhood desire of having a pony.  :)  

These wonderful "babies" are NOT, however, clean.   They track in dirt constantly no matter how much I try to avoid it.  I bathe the dogs once a week (another post altogether) and try very hard to keep them as clean as possible.  My beautiful hickory wood floors have been looking sad.  I have been sweeping daily and mopping at least twice a week just to try to get them back to the they looked when we first moved in to no avail.  (The picture above is my office a few days before we moved in.)

Yesterday, on my third trip to Home Depot to find the miracle solution - I found it... I had picked out yet another cleaning solution to try and passed by the vacuums on my way out.  That's when I saw it - the Hallelujah Chorus began and the spot light shone down on the box - THE STEAM MOP!  The steam mop looks like a small upright vacuum and has microfiber pads that attach to the bottom.  There is a water reservoir that heats up like the steam in your iron.   While you mop, you push the steam button and the very hot steam cleans the floors.

I rushed home with it, put it together, put in the water, plugged in the mop and waited.....When the light turned green, I was off!  I was like a NASCAR driver.  I mopped the entire first floor and enjoyed every moment.  I know, I am a NUT.  But I am one happy nut now because the floors look amazing, and they are not just clean they are sanitized.  (Yes, I read that on the box :)  The steam mop works on the tile and stone too so I can use it in the bathrooms and the basement where we have both.  

Steam glorious steam!




5 comments:

Julie said...

Good for you for adopting two giants> Who did you adopt them from? Love giants and we have six in the house right now but only four of them are ours. ;-))

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Vicki G. said...

Hi Julie, Thanks for stopping by. We adopted our Giants from the Schnauzer Rescue of the Carolinas. They are great. The dogs came from a good home, but the family was unable to keep them any longer. The rescue had them for about six weeks before we adopted them. I'll be posting more photos soon. :)

Collecting said...

I found your blog on the Dad 2 eight....you are an answer to my prayers...I too have indoor animals...three cats and 2 dogs that I have rescued...they do get along...a yorkie and a part poodle and wire haired terrier...I am not sure which one sheds the most the cats or dogs...It keeps me a cleaning and mopping up hair...I am not whining...It just keeps me busy...I do bath them all very often too...I am going to check and see if I can get one of the Steam Mops...Thanks for sharing and I will be checking back with you...you got me to laughing...I am new at this blog land...but I do like doing it..please visit with me on my blog...
Hugs from the Heart of Texas!
Judy

Kimberly said...

The steam mop is at Home Depot???? That is great, we had one but loaned it to a friend and it got broken, and never could find one again. That was a wonderful thing and now we have hardwoods again. I guess I will be making a run to the Home Depot very soon!!!

Hope you are well.

Dad 2 eight said...

Vicki:
Just ask my wife. I am a clen floor freak. I highly recommend Quick Shine (made by Holloway HOuse, I think). Now if I could only get a product that keeps my glass cook top clean, I can rest. Someone recommended Barkeepers Friend. (With a name like that, it can't miss.) We'll see.

Gordon


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Our 2 Giant Schnauzers and our Mini Schnauzer (Smokie) hanging out in my office. Notice Smokie rules over the big ones.