Product Type: E-Cloth household products
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E-Cloth Mop Set
Member Name: jennikitten
E-Cloth Mop Set
Date: 19/01/10, updated on 19/01/10 (919 review reads)
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I bought this mop set after reading some reviews on DooYoo for other products in the E Cloth range. For those that don't know, one of my housemates this year has three cats, and he was a bit concerned that the Flash floor mop we'd been using was making the cats sick. I was more than willing to look for an alternative because the Flash mop is next to rubbish, and is also really expensive because of the disposable floor pads and large containers of Flash it requires.
So I had a look on Amazon and was pleased to find this E Cloth Mop Set. At just under £20, it's the same price in Lakeland so off I trotted to pick one up.
The set comes in surprisingly little packaging; just a bit of plastic to keep the bottom end of the mop clean and in place, so it wasn't too difficult for me to get into. You get a mop handle with a long, slim metal head attached (it has Velcro on the underneath), a Dry mop head (white) and a Wet mop head (blue). There are instructions which tell you how to adjust the handle and take care of the heads.
I was really impressed by the quality of everything. The mop is light and has an adjustable handle, which you twist and then twist back at your desired height. It then clicks firmly into place and remains sturdy no matter how hard you push the mop.
The mop heads are very thick and have soft fleecy backing. Each has a small ribbon loop to hang it up and an embroidered label to remind you whether it's the wet one or the dry one. They are machine washable but don't use fabric softener when washing.
To use, you simply attach the fleece side to the Velcro on the bottom of the mop, and you're ready to go. If you're using the wet mop head, you need to dampen the blue head before attaching (I tend to put mine under the cold tap and then wring it out). If it's too wet or dry, it won't work properly. The fronts of the mop heads have lots of fibres, and pushing the mop across the floor picks up the dirt easily. They're actually quite similar to towel fabric, and feel nice and soft.
So, did it live up to my expectations? The answer is - yes, absolutely! I have lino in my bathroom and kitchen, laminate in the conservatory and living room, and proper wood in all the upstairs rooms. The mop was great on all of these surfaces, and picked dirt up (with fibres 1/100 width of a human hair) rather than pushing dirt around. I didn't have to go around with a cloth on my hands and knees afterwards. They pick up stains, hair - everything! The biggest challenge was the kitchen floor - it's a light colour, old and very difficult to clean. But I got tons of dirt up and I'll buying an E Cloth Deep Clean mop head to deal with it completely. Muddy footprints - and paw prints - came up easily, spilled liquids (pasta sauce maybe?) were easy to clean even when dried on. Stubborn marks will need more pushes, but will go. The white mop head is particularly good for dusting, and as the handle extends you can reach ceilings and corners easily.
Storing the mop is easy - my old Flash cleaner was big and cumbersome. There's no way I'd keep it in my small kitchen. But the E Cloth mop is so light and small, I rested it against the wall after cleaning and completely forgot about it as it takes up so little space. You can also minimise the handle for an even smaller footprint.
One of my main concerns was the washing machine aspect - I thought I'd have to buy a ton of mop heads to clean my house and then have the hassle of machine washing them. Actually I found that straight after cleaning you can rinse most of the dirt out of the mop head under the tap at least two or three times before you actually need to put it in the washing machine. I tend to throw them in with other household fabrics like the bath mats, shower curtain and cloths. The heads dry pretty quickly as well.
As I mentioned before, you can buy a Deep Clean mop head for this set, which I'm going to buy after pay day. You can also buy extra Dry and Wet heads as a pack of two for around £10, or separately for about £6 on Amazon. They do sound expensive, but remember these are optional. This cleaner will also save you money in the long run because you don't have to buy chemical cleaners and disposable mop heads or floor pads. My Flash mop cost me about £4 for a pack of five mop heads (which would do about 3-4 rooms), and then the liquid I think was about £3 a bottle, which lasted a couple of months. So far I've saved about £15 with the E Cloth mop as I've not had to buy that stuff. Plus I don't have the added cost of cloths as I always needed to clean up again after the Flash mop just pushed the dirt around.
More importantly, the cats are fine with the E Cloth mop, and it makes me feel better because I'm not putting chemicals on the floor. Their eyes go all big and starey when they see me pushing it around, and they aren't sure what to make of it yet but at least their stomachs have settled. My floors look shiny, and before I was worried about the effects chemicals might have on them over time, and effective cleaning with just water and an E Cloth is much better for both my wood and laminate. Also, I'm not throwing away endless plastic bottles (no plastic recycling in my area) and thick used floor pads. The only disadvantage in my opinion is that the blue floor pad could do with being lighter so you can see how much dirt is on it more easily.
So to summarise:
Advantages - It's an investment with a pretty big initial cost, but it will save you a lot of money in the long term. It's better for your floors and pets/children. It's more environmentally friendly than chemicals, and there's nothing to throw away after. It does the job very well. You can buy extra heads and different kinds of heads to suit you. It can be used on any indoor floor except probably carpets. It's easy to store and there are clear instructions.
Disadvantages - Initial cost may be a lot for some. There are other cheaper alternatives on the market (though I haven't tried them so can't comment). The blue mop head could do with being a lighter colour.
Summary: Wish I'd bought one sooner