Product Type: Mr Muscle Household Cleaning
Newest Review: ... tiles, laminated wood, sealed wood and linoleum! So don't forget to try the Mr Muscle Floor Wipes today.... more
Oil Up Those Floorboards
Mr Muscle Orange Action Floor Wipes
Member Name: missrarr
Mr Muscle Orange Action Floor Wipes
Advantages: Great scent, tough, cover a large space, effective dirt removal, no streaks left after use
Disadvantages: Not many in a pack
For all I am queen of all I survey when at Rarr Towers, the fact remains I've not actually seen much of the place in the last year.
Reason being, for commuting to London, said Towers (or, er, town terrace...) are in a town with no direct rail network to London. However, having realised that her only daughter had moved to the Midlands permanently, the amazing Mother Rarr moved from Norfolk to be nearby, and in doing so found a home in a nearby town with a direct rail link. So, it made sense for me to stay with her when working.
In the meantime, my home was occupied by a lodger when I wasn't around, a lovely girl who answered an advert for a room and virtually got a whole house! We had many shared interests, a similar background, a mutual guilty obsession with Made In Chelsea, and had a great time "living" together.
Thing is, Lodger Rarr (version 1.0) had two horses and as anyone who has been around even one would be able to confirm, these animals take up a lot of time. So, between her and her horses and me and commuting, housework wasn't high on the list of priorities for either of it. We weren't slumming it in a sty worse than the stables she kept her horses in, but over a year cumulative dust, scuffs, niggling fixes and all the rest will accumulate.
Then Lodger Rarr v 1.0 announced she'd been offered a flat near her stables, and wanted to take it with winter hay bills on her mind. So I was lodgerless, in desperate need of another one to keep things ticking over financially, and needed to make Rarr Towers look good. Quick.
Queue massive cleaning operation, because when I do hit the housework, it's not so much "How Clean Is Your House?" as "CSI; Housework". I can get quite obsessive, and indeed intrinsic, but in this instance a proper clean needed to be done as efficiently as possible so we could start showing around new potential lodgers.
One thing that made me fall in love with Rarr Towers when I viewed it is that, for a Victorian terrace, the rooms are big, airy and light, not least because certain walls have been removed and the resulting large rooms have been given laminate wood flooring. When scuffed, dull and even mud-stained from winter wellies drying under the radiator, they may be practical but they lose that gleam that makes the rooms seem even bigger, but when polished, swept and shiny, they look fantastic and make the house look warm and welcoming when lit up on autumn evenings. So, they were high on the list of things to spruce up when the big clean commenced, and I purchased a packet of Mr Muscle Floor Wipes in the place of the Asda brand equivalent, that I could have got had I been bothered to walk a bit further in the rain but, er....didn't. So I purchased a packet of these from Wilkinsons and took them home to crack on, hoping they would perform to the standard of the Asda ones, which impressed me quite a bit.
***THAT'S A LOT OF FLOOR SPACE...***
Well, you can use a floor wiping device with these but, ever mindful of when I lost about a stone and a half working as a cleaner four mornings a week through the summer holiday of my college course, I'm not afraid to get down and start using these myself, regardless of a very large living room!
Having swept the floor and hovered, I broke out this packet of wipes and peeled back the seal. Instantly you are presented with nicely moist, pleasantly scented wipes and you can smell the orange oil that the packaging boasts they carry. Despite being be-Marigolded, my hand was able to grasp one and pull it from the packet, and a pleasingly sizable wipe unfolded and was put to work.
Straight away I noticed that, in the first use of these, they are quite moist. I was worried that they would take too long to dry or leave the floor slippery (great way to welcome the new lodger in - with a broken leg!) but I also noticed that the wipes were picking up and holding on to the invisible layer of muck that sweeping and hovering hadn't quite got to, and also the orange oil was doing a great job of cutting through dried up old marks and stains with minimal elbow grease.
One wipe covered quite a pleasing amount of floor before it started to leave dirty marks as I went along, so that was disposed of and I waited to see how long it took to dry. Without the heating on, and with no nearby windows or doors open, this polish dried in about ten minutes. I thought they might be streaky but again, this product dried to a high-quality finish. The floor looked notably healthier than the bit next to it which had yet to be polished, and the overall finish was really pleasing, with not a grubby mark remaining where I had polished.
***WILL I BUY AGAIN?***
Oh definitely! I did like the Asda equivalent to this product, which is cheaper, but this is a great-smelling, high-performing floor wipe and I am really pleased by how it has left the living room floor looking. I find that, for around £2+, 12 wipes in a packet isn't the best value but I would still repurchase if I wanted to do a thorough clean and then maybe maintain that level with a cheaper alternative. But I can't deny the orange oil is a very effective ingredient, the scent is lovely and I am pleased with the performance - the wipes did not once break down in use.
Please note that should you try these yourself, they can be used on laminate, linoleum and tiles but should be thrown away, not flushed.
Thank you for reading!
Summary: Really nice product, very good at what it aims to do, shame you don't get many in a pack.