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Whilst hardly the most exciting thing in the world to write a review on but given the fact that I recently forked out £7.99 on the subject of this review, a Vileda super mop, and failed to work out how it justified both its name and outrageous price tag I thought I'd take this opportunity to share my experiences and thoughts with others.
In the last 12 months I've moved home twice, the first time was stressful enough but in the end I got myself sorted out and eventually decided that I wanted the floors carpeting throughout that home so I had no need for a mop as my vaccuum cleaner coped with everyday bits and dust that needed picking up. I lasted 9 months there before deciding that it wasn't the place I wanted to be and ended up moving again, glutton for punishment springs to mind given the fact that my new place needed work doing in every single room to make it habitable for me but I cracked on with what needed doing and am now finally settled. In this, my current home I decided that laminate flooring would be better for both me and my pet dog so arranged for that to be fitted and whilst delighted with the results they all needed a thorough clean to get rid of boot print marks, scuffs, bits and dust. Hence the need for a mop.
I could have bought a cheap £1.99 mop from Asda but decided that I should look for something a little better given the job I was expecting it to do so in the end I paid out nearly eight quid on the Vileda. Now, what makes this a super mop? Vileda says that because it's made from non-woven material like cotton it doesn't hold dirt and germs within its fibres and so is easy to wring out and dry. The blue strands that make up the mop head have tiny raised nodules that gently scrubs floors without damaging them and dirt is apparently a lot easier to shift. The mop head shouldn't lose any threads or unravel or so Vileda claims and compared to other mops available to buy this one should outshine them all. Except it doesn't. Not in my experience with it anyway as all it ended up doing for me was shifting the dirt from one place to another rather than trapping it as it claims to do. Admittedly the handle that comes attached to the mop head is of good quality and is adjustable but it's the business end that is the most important thing when it comes to a mop (i.e the mop head itself) and this one failed to deliver for me.
Anyone who has laminate flooring should know that it's not a good idea to get it too wet as otherwise it can warp and water can seep into the joins, using this mop as dry as I possibly could only ended up frustrating me as I could see that it was simply pushing the dirt from one place to another. Even letting the mop head get a little wetter than I should have done didn't help matters as it still failed to shift the scuff marks that were dotted around the floors and I bemoaned and grumbled about its inefficiency whilst silently seething about paying a stupid amount of money for it in the first place . In the end I abandoned this as a bad job and bought a sponge-headed system which thankfully worked as I wanted it to and my floors finally looked how I wanted them to look.
Perhaps I expected too much from the Vileda, it may be better suited to lino or tiled floors?, I can't say for certain as mine ended up in the bin and once I'd had use out of its replacement I ended up buying a cheap cotton headed mop instead and that, ironically enough, keeps my floors clean even if it does lose the odd fibre or two every now and again. "Super" wouldn't be something I'd describe this as being other than a super waste of money so it should come as no surprise to read that from me the Vileda super mop gets a pitiful 1 star rating along with a strong warning not to buy.
Thanks for reading my review.
I have wooden floors throughout the down stairs and laminate upstairs as most will be aware you do not want to over wet these types of floors as it can cause damage.
I purchased the vileda super mop on my sister-in-laws recommendation and as she is a domestic goddess I had high hopes that this would turn me into one to!
The supermop the handle of the mop can be adjusted in height allowing for safe comfortable mopping by different sized people or in our house for my daughter to help!
The mop head itself is machine washable, it is very easy to change the heads due to the pop in system they are super absorbent with pick up pockets and have antibacterial properties.
Cost and Stockist
The vileda mops do seem to be pricier than other options which initially put me off however after various mops breaking or the heads shredding bits all over the place I have to say the Vileda is worth every penny it doesn't shred and thanks to the slightly raised bits it works incredibly well. I originally purchased mine in Tesco but have seen them in all major supermarkets as well as hardware stores and prices do vary I originally paid £15 for my mop, bucket and spare mop head this was about 5 years ago and bucket looks like new mop handle is slightly rusty at the bottom from being bashed into corners but still works! The cost is still about £8 for the mop and £12 for the bucket but there are often deals to be had the major supermarkets seem to regularly have this on offer.
I mentioned that I have wooden floors and that you should not get totally saturated this mop is excellent for this usage as you can wring out with the bucket as much or as little water as you want also because of the design this mop is very easy to slide under furniture and it really gets into corners well. I also mentioned that my daughter likes to help and this mop can be shortened to the perfect height for her and much more useful than a toy mop!
Well I am sure you have figured that I am very impressed with this mop and I would not hesitate to recommend this mop it is an excellent cleaner it is adjustable in height making it the perfect sized mop and makes my life easier as I can do the mopping without suffering to much back pain I would never change from vileda and as the saying goes you get what you pay for.
The recent unexpected snowfalls have been tons of fun for my children. Extra days off school have been spent sledging in the fields, building snowmen in the garden and traipsing through the house in wet wellies. The dog is having a fabulous time playing fetch with snowballs but wet paws mean pools of melting snow everywhere. I've ended up doing far more housework than normal just to keep the mess to a minimum.
My most used household implement of the moment is an archaic Vileda Super Mop. I purchased it shortly after buying the house suckered by a promotion which meant I got a free mop bucket making it cheaper than the supermarket version. Buying the mop on its own will now set you back anything up to £10.
Just to complicate matters there are currently three versions. The "professional" range, a screw thread head and a quick release mop head for easy changing. I have the misfortune of owning the screw thread version for which purchasing a replacement head is not particularly easy, in fact sourcing a supplier of rocking horse manure would be a simpler task.
I'm not entirely sure what Vileda consider to be particularly special about this mop to endow it with the moniker "super" its just a mop, and not a particularly good one at that.
Unlike other mops the Vileada Super Mop comes with a space saving handle which you twist out to use and twist back in to put away, this results in a weak spot in the centre of the mop which bends as you use it to mop the floor and in a short space of time the bend becomes pronounced enough that you can't return the mop to its compact form for storage.
The mop has a diamond shaped head which enables you to get further into corners and small openings but you still can't quite get right into the very corners. The mop head also comes with a two part absorbent fabric strip with an area for scrubbing. This quickly wears off.
The mop now makes a metallic rattling noise as bits have broken off inside the mop handle with use. The head needs replacement but thanks to a design change its not compatible with the replacement heads currently available which is most annoying.
Apparently I can purchase a replacement Vileda mop handle from Tesco with two mop heads and a bucket and a broom and they'll even throw in a dustpan and brush for a mere £22. I think not.
The name has been changed to SuperMocia making it sound more like a cappuccino than a household implement but I won't be rushing to buy another one when I can buy Tesco own branded mop for £3.99.
I have tried all sorts of mops since we decided to give up on carpets and go with a mix of tiled, wooden and laminate floors and so when my latest spray and wipe mop broke, I thought I would give a big name a try.
So I bought the Vileda supermop which a flat type of sponge that you wring out by sliding the handle up which folds the sponge and squeezes.
You need a mop bucket or sink of solution but then that is true with most mops (other than the spray and wipe ones) so not necessarily a disadvantage.
The sponge has a scouring section attached to the front edge of it to allow you to have a little scrub at really dirty bits. Although this does work, I usually find you still need to get down on your hands and knees for really tough spots - still it does lift off the majority without too much effort.
The flat sponge (as opposed to the mops that are made out of strips) means that the water doesn't spread around too much and it lifts off quite a lot of the excesss. This is particularly good for laminates which are prone to watermarking and if you use a spray solution rather than a mop, I've found that these come up really well.
On tiles and wood floors, I've been really satisfied with the performance. The flat edge means you can apply a reasonable amount of pressure to get off the grub and the squeezing action does remove most of the water.
All in all, it is a lot more pleasant to use than most of the mops I've tried, meaning that I don't tend to put off the floor washing quite so much. I think sometimes it is necessary to get on your hands and knees to do the edges of the room and just wipe over the skirting boards as this is a bit of a weaker area but, in general, I think it performs really well.
I bought this thinking it was a good name brand and so it must be a good mop!! I mean how excited can you get over a mop anyway and when I was looking among the meager choice in my local supermarket I decided on the vileda super mop!!It wasn't cheap by any means at £7.99 (for a mop!!)but I thought"well it should last a while",ha no chance.. When I got it home I thought great,I won't have to get on my hands and knee to wash the floor any more,,I got started straight away,I know I know, maybe I was a little keen to use it but with a new product aren't we all!! Even if it is only a mop,I don't get out much,lol!! The vileda is one of those new foam type mops which are a bit like a sponge on the end of a stick(you know what I mean)and when you want to wring them out you just push down on the handle and it expresses the excess water for you!!ha.. Well the floor wasn't exactly dirty when I started so when I'd given it the once over with this it seemed nice and clean.I must stress the word "seemed". I put it away and over the next few weeks or so (using the mop at least every other day remember!)I noticed the floor was looking really dindgy and I also noticed that where my skirting boards are the floor was disgustingly dirty!! Maybe I should have noticed before it got that bad but over the space of a few weeks you tend not to notice these things. So in conclusion I would not recommend these to anyone as mine ended up in the bin and I am back to good old fashioned hands and knee's till I find one that is a lot cheaper and works!! For all those who may be feeling sorry for me at having to get on my hands and knee's to wash the floor ;)' I thank you for you sympathy..I will find a decent mop one day I'm sure....If anyone has any suggestions I will be very grateful...