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I purchased a swiffer floor duster about a year ago but I never got around to using it until recently . I have mostly hardwood and ceramic floors in my home and in october my 17 yr. old granddaughter came to visit for a month along with her large chocolate labrador retriever . you can,t imagine the hair he shed so I brought my swiffer out and was extremely pleased at how effective it was . I am a very fussy house keeper and now I will always use it .
I spent around £10 on the Swiffer set which I thought was quite high, I never thought it would actually work!! About 6 months ago we varnised the floor boards in our living room and I was concerned as to how i could keep them clean without having to get down on my hands and knees especially as I have three cats who get their fur everywhere. I have to say I would be lost without it, i use Pledge dust and go and was amazed at how much fur and dirt it picks up. I would strongly recommend this to anyone with wooden flooring. As well as using it on wooden floors I also use it on the tiles i have in my kitchen. It is better than using a mop as after you have used it the wipes are thrown away and germs are not left to linger on the mops. A swiffer is basically the same size as a mop, but instead of having the usual mop head it has a rectangular plastic head, when you want to use it you can buy either wet wipes or dusters for it. They are quite easy to attach, all you need to do it open up the wipe you are using to its full size and lay it against the flat side of the swiffer, in order to attached the wipe securely the swiffer has for places for you to attach the wipe to (careful tho' i got my fingers trapped in one of the holes which was quite sore). If you have wooden or tiled floors please buy one!!
I agree with Nathalie's posting.... the swiffer doesn't pick up even the minute-ist of crumbs. I recently had a Italian tiled floor laid in the Kitchen to replace the groggy and tired carpet tiles (euck!) that were there when we moved in. My friend has a wood floor and recommended a swiffer as I have a dog (who sheds the ocassional hair!) and we love fresh crusty bread too! When I next went shopping I saw them on special offer in Sainsbury's for half price - £9.99 down to £4.99 for the broom-y thing and just £1.99 for a pack of the cloths. Bargain.... ...or so I thought! First time I used it there was a few crumbs on the floor from our attempts at carving the bread and all the swiffer did was push them under the cabinets! The cloth came away dirty... well with some grey dust on it... but all the bits that were supposed to be magically attracted to the the cloth were still on the floor (albeit under the cabinets!) So... in my opinion... great for sweeping the dirt under the carpet but I'd rather use my hoover or the 99p dustpan and brush that I bought! P.S Was foolish enough to buy some Flash floor wipes (that fit the swiffer) and they're not much cop either... They dry out before I've even covered a third of my floor (hey the kitchen isn't that big....) Perhaps they're jusy no good on tiles...
Whoever thought this one up? a neat little number for dusting the floor? I mean, really, do we need to DUST floors? Um... no, sweep yes, mop, yes DUST? No! I am a sucker for a good old-fashioned marketing campaign and as a hardened gadgeteer I had to have one! The swiffer is quite simple, a flat rubbery pad on a pivotable stick over which a dust attracting cloth can be placed, used then thrown away. In principle a great idea, in reality quite absurd! However, I have found an excellent use for my swiffer. In a house overrun by eight-legged beasties I used to have dreadful problems with cobwebs. As I have difficulty getting around I could never reach them, high on the walls. Now I just use the swiffer over my walls once a month and the cobwebs cling to the cloth and are speedily disposed of. The cloths are also excellent on their own for general dusting around the house (but NOT the floors luvvy, thats just daft) my television attracts huge amounts of dust and cat hair and the cloths are great at clearing it. So my recommendation is, if you feel you need a swiffer and can use it in the ways I have suggested, then get one. If by some great marketing ploy you too have been brainwashed into thinking that you need to DUST your floor as well as sweep and mop, have a nice cool refreshing glass of water and read through this opinion again, comprendi????
Over the last year or so I have deftly removed virtually all the carpets from my flat. I have a great vacuum cleaner (see Miele Cat & Dog) but sometimes can't be doing with the faff of getting it out, plugging it in, blah blah blah. Housework is not something I enjoy. So, to the Swiffer - it's light, compact, smaller than a broom, and it's great at picking up all those bits of dust under the bed, it eliminates those little miniature tumbleweeds of hair/dust that come with having lots of floorboards and cats, and when you're done you just take the duster off and bin it. Fantastic. When you buy a Swiffer you basically get the broom part without the dusters. Instead of having a broom at the end, the Swiffer has a flat, rubber rectangle over which you attach dusters (bought separately in packs of 10). Depending on the amount of dust you're picking up, you can use the dusters a few times, or if they're heavily soiled can just bin them. It can be a bit grim taking them off when they're coated in all those bits of dead skin etc - just try not to think about it is my advice. The Swiffer is great for getting into corners, underneath furniture etc, my only reservation is that the swivel bit where the head is attached to the broom handle, isn't that robust - mine broke after only a couple of months and is now taped back together.
I have been using Swipper towels and the flat based mop for more than a year and i can say i am completyely satisfied with this. You just have to buy the complete system once: it is made of a 3 section handle easy to screw up and a pack of 16 duster sheets. You can find this in each supermarket and sometimes there are cheap sales for the complete set. Don't know exactly how much it is as i have my own complete set and don't look at those sales...but i know it is quite cheap. Once you have the "mop" you can buy the pack of towels separately (there's a 16 or a convenient 32 pieces package)and you'll need more of those...yes because they can be used all around the house for dusting and cleaning glasses without any cleansing products. I use those also for dusting silverware. Used on its own the sheet is perfect on wooden funiture, on tv and pc screens, on radiators and glasses. it takes the dust off and don't allows it to stirr in the air...it is like the dust gets attracted onto the towel. This is perfect if you are allergic to dust...you won't start sniffing and sneezing whenever you do your housework. The sheets are particularly soft and you can use them safely even on the most delicate surfaces, silverware included. When otherwise you use Swiffer together with the mop...well that's a miracle...all the dust on floors is kept into the sheet...and not only dust..that would be too easy: look at Swiffer after having pushed it along the floor: it'll be full of hair, dust and other filthy stuff. Excellent on wooden floors it works on tiled or stone floors as well. You can push all around and go even into the corners or, thanks to the loosely jointed handle you can drive the swiffer under beds and furnitures. Now you will be sure you are having your house dustfree!!!
A few months ago I replaced the majority of my downstairs carpets with laminate flooring. It certainly looks very smart and on the whole is easy to clean. When I bought the flooring a helpful shop assistant suggested that I purchase a Swiffer.At that point I hadn't heard of a Swiffer, so the chap duly enlightened me. They did not have any in stock. Drat! I duly trotted along to Safeways and came home the proud owner of the aforementioned article. It is a useful gadget with an adjustable handle and a rectangular head which swivels. You wrap a special cloth around the base, which is jointed so it can work at any angle.This is very useful for sweeping ceilings. It certainly picks up loads of dust, which ,according the box , is electromagnetically attracted to it. You initially are supplied with a few cloths, which look like super thick tissues.I found that for it to be effective you have to replace the cloth extremely frequently.So, although it does a reasonable job it is not really cost effective.The replacement packs are quite expensive. It is worth checking out the cloths of some of the rival appliances as they are sometimes cheaper or on special offer. Not long after purchasing our Swiffer I found that they had far more potential than I had originally thought! I was putting it away one day because I had run out of cloths. Some idiot had left a bottle top in the middle of the floor. To be honest, I had had a bad day. I was not my usual jolly self. In a fit of temper I attacked the bottle top with the swiffer and sent it hurtling across the laminate floor. "Wow", said my youngest-" that looks fun" can I have a go?" she duly took over, and 5 minutes later "swockey" was born! We hurtled across the floor playing hockey with our swiffer and when the rest of the family came in they thought we were quite mad. But we didn't stop there, oh no! The possibilities are endless. We tried " ; swennis" and "Swoits"(like the old cruise ship quoits) then we went into the garden and tried "swounders" and "swicket". It is just such a great shape for whacking inanimate objects around with. If you are playing a floor level game soft drink bottle tops are best,they don't scratch the floor! Outside we tried soft balls and shuttlecocks. By this point elder daughter had been dispatched to B&Q to get another one as the games would be better if two people could "bat"! By this time we were all on the floor giggling hysterically at our stupidity, and I could tell from the comments coming over the garden fence that the neighbours thought we were very strange! I was about to teach a teenager who comes to the house, and she turned up early. "What on earth are you all doing?" she said. I said we have invented some new games to play with our swiffer. We started to show her, and she had a go. Then, with great aplomb, I grabbed the swiffer- "look" I said , taking a big swing, "swolf". I was by this time, in the music room. I did not look carefully around and there was a resounding crash. I had sent my mug (mercifully empty) into orbit! Well, that brought us back to earth somewhat "swiftly". Sorry, that was very bad! Fortunately it missed the new piano. We now restrict our swiffer games to safer areas. But we do have great fun. It isn't often used for cleaning as the cloths are a bit of a rip off. We have certainly had our moneys worth, for the sheer fun we have had with it, even if not for it's intended purpose! When we do use it to clean it is very good. Give one a go- it will give you a laugh and keep you fit all at the same time. NB: the games are played without a cloth. UPDATE: It is now possible to buy large floor cleaning "wet wipes" to fit any swiffer type appliance. They are mad e by Pledge. I tried them on my Swiffer as they were on special offer in B and Q. They are very good, but at £1.75 a pack a bit of an extravagance. A mop and soapy water do the job for a fraction of the cost. That being said, you do end up with a damp, smelly and rather un-savoury mop hanging around the kitchen. I always have the feeling that I am just spreading germs around rather than removing them! At least the wet wipes are very hygienic. I like to use them after the cats have run across the kitchen with muddy paws! They are probably worth keeping for those quick emergencies but I personally would not use them regularly! Then again, if I win the lottery......
The Swiffer claims to be a revolutionary way to clean, as it claims to pick up more dust, hair and muck than a normal duster. The fibres in The Swiffer create an electrostatic charge, that when wiped across a surface, it attracts dust/dirt, hair, and other particles to the very thick cloth, then the trademark “Lift and Lock” pockets hold the dirt to stop it going back onto your lovely clean floor or surface. The Swiffer looks like a mop, but the difference is that you attach a cloth to the end of the sweeper, and clean up using the cloth. You do not need to use the handle all of the times, for instance when you are cleaning a bench etc, and when you have finished you throw the cloth away along with all the dirt. You must use the cloths dry, otherwise they become less effective, as the electrostatic element is reduced. I bought The Swiffer as my husband has asthma, and I am always looking for ways to reduce the amount of irritants in the house. I bought The Swiffer starter kit for under £10, which included the sweeper and 10 cloths. You can also buy refill kits of just the clothes for a few pounds, and as with most things there are also cheaper alternatives to The Swiffer cloths out there. I have stopped using a duster and polish on some items in my house, because a normal duster was just putting the dust back into the air on a lot of occasions. I have 2 black cats, and their hair has been all over the place due to the hot weather we have been having. I was not confident it would do what it promised, but I have since used it on my kitchen and bathroom floor, along with window sills and other surfaces, and it has worked a treat each time. I especially like that it leaves no residue behind, it picks up everything. The flexible head on the sweeper has made it easy to get into the hard to reach parts behind my kitchen appliances, which is a godsend. It is easy to store, as it comes in separate pieces, so you can dismantle i t if you are pushed for space. I would recommend The Swiffer highly, as it has helped with my husband’s allergies, and also does a great job of picking up the hairs. It is available at most supermarkets, although I have seen it priced at over £12 which may deter a lot of people, but I say if the price puts you off, then wait until it is on special offer, and give it a try then. You will not be disappointed.
Having moved into a new house a few months ago, I was very impressed with the laminate flooring the previous owners had laid in all the main living areas, until that is I tried to keep it clean. Firstly I tried a normal household sweeping brush, OK but left a lot of doghairs and sand behind ( we stay close to the beach ). Then after much persusion from advertisment I bought the swiffer system. Firstly I thought it was a very good system, picking up almost all the dirt and making quite a quick job of it, but I found the swiffer tissues needed replacing about 3 times as I worked my way though the rooms due to getting filled with dirt and then stopping picking up dust. After persivering for many weeks I found it to be quite an expensive cleaning system, once you had to keep replacing these tissues. So what could I do? Well I went into a wellknown DIY Superstore and had a look at all the types of cleaning systems on the market. So many to choose from, but luckly an assistant approched and offer his advice. Surprisingly not one of the cleaning systems but a household brush. What he said was that most people try only a normal household brush on laminate flooring, when you need a very soft bristle brush. So I bought one costing about £5, which in itself is cheaper than the swiffer starter price. It cleans very well and doesn't require any other expense once purchased. I can brush it a couple of times a day if I wish at no cost. I find that as you brush the motion statically charges the head and makes the dust stick the the bristles much like the swiffer system, but you are able to brush the head clean and keep using it.
My Mum bribed me to clean our bathroom yesterday, claiming that "it will be easy if you use the swiffer". "Yeah right" I thought to myself, and prepared myself to use the dreaded broom to pick up all the manky hairs. We've got a cat too, so there's always a lot of hair laying around the house. So I shrugged my shoulders and got down to it. I'm very impressed. All you do is take a dustery thing (which you handily throw away after you've used it), and stick it over the pad, securing it on the otehr side with plasticy fastener thingies which remind me of the way we hold towels up in the caravan, but it's good. Not only does it actually pick up the dust and hairs and muck, but as it's thinner, and better designed thna your average broom, i.e. it's flat and reaches under furniture, it's a lot more effective. All in all, I think it's a great way to clean wood and lino flooring as it's well designed and because of the disposable thingies, you're not just moving dust from place to place about the house.
I have always found dusting a very mundane sort of task so those of you who are involved in the care taking of a home will completely understand that there are lots to do and not a lot of time to do it - after all there are only "twenty four hours in a day". When I saw Swiffers advertised on televsion, I was curious and wanted to find out if they were as good as they sounded. This may sound a bit corny but it is true - dusting has never been so easy. All you have to is simply glide one of these cloths along the surface ie. tv, video, bookcase etc. and all the dust clings to the cloth - easy. Why not try them out for yourself.
For somebody with asthma, housedust is a nightmare, but it can be more of a nightmare when you're trying to remove it. As soon as you get your duster out, the dust just moves around with only part of it clinging to the actual duster with the rest floating about in the air, waiting to get up your nose! Enter, Swiffer. I don't know about you, but I seem to be surrounded by dust - even when I've dusted! And like I said, for an asthmatic, it needs to be kept under control as much as possible. The static, honeycombed cloths make the dust cling to it therefore not just pushing it of the surface for it to settle elswhere. You can notice the difference immediately, not only on all your surfaces, but on the Swiffer pad aswell - you really can see how much it's picked up. I have found it far easier to use as you don't have to keep hanging out of the window to shake it out like you do normally (another irritant as, 9 times out of 10, it comes straight back in) and it's much quicker! Like I say, for anyone with an allergy, it is brilliant and comes highly recommended.
These cleaning system is really good. I don't much like cleaning and Swiffer cloths make the job so easy.I bought the broom after buying the cloths and found it good on hard floors. It actually lifts dog hair from my bathroom and kitchen floors. (Don't ask how dog hair gets on the bathroom floor..I've no idea.) Anything that makes it quicker and easier to clean up has to be a good thing. I am a bit puzzled though. Vacuum cleaners are being advertised and sold as having 'no bag'. No bag to throw away, thus saving us money, but now we are expected to buy cleaning cloths that we just throw away when they are dirty.
All the downstairs of our house has got wooden floors so when I first saw the rather irritating advert for the Swiffer system I thought that it would be a good idea to get one - so I did, and thank God I waited for a special offer to do so, otherwise I would be so cross with myself. Basically the broom is a cool looking and very easy to handle little thing onto which you attach some electrostatic wipes... and here you go, wiping around and wiping some more, and again... but hang on a minute I am sure I have been there before and here too and there is still a loads of c**p on the floor... how that could be possible!!? I have a Swiffer! The floor should be spotless! and it is not, have I been conned by advertisement? I am afraid I have. In my opinion Swiffer is great if your floor is already clean, it will make it cleaner. If your floor has got dust, I am not talking tons of rubbish there, just normal daily dust, brought in by kids, a bit of cooking, dry mud on your shoes, that sort of dust, well Swiffer will just move it along but as far as attracting the dust like in the advert : no chance. So if Swiffer picks up tiny little dust only, I might aswell carry on using my vaccum cleaner, at least I know the job will be done in one go. Swiffer is now collecting dust on his own in my garage!
I had rather assumed that wooden floors would be easier to keep clean than carpets, but since moving in to a flat with stripped flooring throughout I’ve changed my mind. The problem seems to be that dirt shows up more than it did on my grubby old carpets in my previous flat. Fluff collects in the corners at an alarming rate, and hoovering just seems to spread it around the place. Enter the ‘Swiffer’. It’s an angular mop-type construction with a swivelly head, to which you attach disposable dusters. You’ve probably seen that irritating advert on t.v. Why do cleaning products always have SUCH annoying jingles? I digress. The duster uses an electro-static charge (apparently) to collect all the dust, fluff and groo, and because it swivels it’s easy to use under furniture. Obviously you can use the duster on its own for shelves etc. Once you’ve ‘swiffered’ you can just throw the duster away. The ‘Swiffer’ itself comes with a pack of dusters, and then you need to buy them separately. I’m sure over a long period of time it could end up being quite expensive, (and the disposable aspect is not entirely environmentally sound) but it certainly does what it says on the tin. I’m sure there’s a clever reason why it works better than conventional sweeping or even vacuuming, but physics was never my strongest point at school. Suffice it to say that works really, really well, and scares my cats a lot less than the noisy old Dyson.