Wednesday, February 9, 2011


I do not like mopping floors one bit! I have spent many years working out the best way to do it in the shortest possible time! My last purchase, was actually not my own. My husband purchased this mop:

I am sure a lot of you recognise this type of mop with the sponge in its last moments of life! Looks depressing doesn't it? Here are just a few reasons why I can't stand this mop:

1. The sponges don't last very long and cost $6.50 each to replace - how can this be? $6.50 for a sponge that has a life span of what, 1 month at the most - just ridiculous!

2. I have to use both hands to get the full motion out of this puppy

3. It hurts my back to use it.

4. I have to keep going back to the bucket of solution and then at the end I have to make sure its thoroughly clean - more of my time!

I actually didn't use this all that much, I preferred, and now this is 100% true, to get on my hands and knees and clean the floor that way!

I grew up seeing my mum (and later my older brother as this became his household chore) on hands and knees cleaning the polished cork floors with Dettol and an old rag. This was how I thought people washed their floors in their homes! Until I got married and my husband bought me a mop like the one pictured above. I hated the first one and went about purchasing all different types over the years until we came back to the one above.

When I was offered the opportunity to test drive the new Rubber Maid Reveal Spray Mop I jumped at it! I didn't want to spend another $13 odd dollars for another packet of those neon yellow double pack of sponges and I really hoped I was going to find something so much better than what I was putting up with!

At first glance, it looks a little like a Swiffer, if you remember these! However, the interesting difference is there are no moist cleaning wipes to attach. The mop head is a microfibre pad that can be easily removed and washed in the washing machine. The fluid canister is again easy to remove and you can put whatever cleaning solution you like to use for your floors, or , like me, you can use hot water. The spray part is a trigger action and this is found on the handle and is so easy to use. You get a wide spray that I don't think I have seen before in mops like these.

How did it clean? Well, surprisingly it was really fun to use - even my husband took over the cleaning!! It is super light weight and it only takes one hand to manoeuvre it. I didn't have to put my back into it at all. For the stubborn stains, I sprayed a little extra on the stain and rubbed a little hard and it was removed. I was so happy with how easy it was to use, I actually told my husband I would be happy to clean the floors more often now that I had this to use!! In fact its so easy to use, its a job that one of my kids could do as their household chore!

I didn't want to just have you take my word for it, so I took my very first ever before and after shots of my floor so you can see what kind of job the mop does.

Floor Before

Floor After

I didn't clean my floors on purpose for a good week or so, so I could really put the mop to the test. So that's over a week, with 4 kids and two adults - it did a pretty darn good job if you ask me! It took about 10 minutes to clean my whole house using the Reveal Spray Mop( we have a small single story house). We have wooden floor boards, floating floor boards, and slate. It was so quick and easy. I would normally spend 40 minutes to an hour cleaning my house with the other mop, or longer cleaning on my hands and knees.

Is there anything the Reveal Mop can't do{ Homer Simpson voice}? Well yes, there are a few things I didn't like. Firstly, you are limited to where the mop can go. I have kitchen drawers that have a fairly big gap between the floor and the last draw, but the mop couldn't go too far under it - but neither can my vacuum!! Still its a bit annoying. Secondly, the price is $39.99 and I would say even if it was $34.99, it would be a no brainer to give this mop a go, or even $29.99 they would sell like hot cakes! Am I being too frugal? Well, even that being said, I would buy one as I know how good they are.   But do keep in mind, fellow moppers, that you don't have to buy replacement pads or special solutions to make it work.  The only other thing I would say is it takes a little getting use to moving it around as the head of the mop moves a little too freely sometimes.

So there you have it, my review on a great product. This is a great product that will save you time and money. I am so happy to recommend the RubberMaid Reveal Spray mop that I am giving one away. All you have to do is:

1. Follow me if you don't already. Its up to you if you want to follow, but  I will be doing more giveaways in the future and this is an easy way to know when they are happening.

2. Leave a comment and tell me a household chore you really don't like doing and wish me a happy birthday on the 15th Feb!!!

Make sure you leave a way for me to be able to get in touch with you if you are the winner - an e-mail will suffice.
3. For an extra entry tweet about this giveaway on twitter and/or mention it on Facebook and/or blog about it  - provide a link so I can see that it has been done and mention this in your comment.
4. Giveaway is open to Australian addresses only.
5. Closes Friday 18th February 2011 and winner will be drawn using

***  I WILL ACCEPT E-MAIL ENTRIES FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE HAD TROUBLE LEAVING COMMENTS. renrut22(at)hotmail (dot) com. Put "RubberMaid Giveaway" as subject and I will note these entries in a comment******

If you are unlucky and don't win this giveaway, the RubberMaid Reveal Spray Mop is available at Bunnings.



Hi Courtney

Even though I'm currently out of the country (arrive back Saturday - YAY!) I wanted to tell you that Ian had done something similiar. We had a sort of Swiffer thing that attaches fabric pads with velcro. We used to get a spray bottle (Ian loves to use a very mild solution of sugar soap and water) and then we'd spray and mop as we go.Tehn we wash the fabric pads in the washing machine. Too easy!

Have to say though, this looks a lot easier and if it can be done with one hand, I love it!

As for household chores I hate: IRONING!!!!! And to make matters worse, I'm a natural fabrics fan ie linen and silk and of course it has to be ironed to look any good even though five minutes later it's going to creased to billy-o and beyond!

That's my little whinge ..... :D

Darls said...

Hi Courtney,
This is my first ever blog comment - aren't you lucky! Plus I get to complain about chores, I can't loose. My worst ever chore is cooking. I will iron, wash, scrub toilets, floors and showers all day but I despise cooking. Now my secret is out. BTW, *****Happy Birthday for the 15th*****
Love Tam.

MissyBoo said...

I hate putting sheets and pillow cases back on the beds on washing day!!! Happy Birthday for the 15th (mine was this week)!

MissyBoo said...

And I tweeted about your giveaway :)!/MissyBoo_/status/35934045682536449

Corinne – Daze of My Life said...

Ooh I hate mopping, but this could be the answer to my clean floor prayers!

Corinne – Daze of My Life said...

Tweeted also: @corinnedaze
I so need this mop. Hope I win!

Samelia's Mum said...

I'm a new follower of your blog.

Samelia's Mum said...

Sorry I missed your birthday, but I hope you had a good one!!!

Samelia's Mum said...

Tweeted about your giveaway @sameliasmum

... and the household chore I really, REALLY hate is ironing. Urgh! I can think of about a million better things to do with my time.

Kym said...

I am a follower :)

My favourite chore is washing because the washing machine does the hard work for me! lol! but seriously I love the smell of fresh laundry and fresh sheets!


Kym said...

oh happy birthday! and I totally stuffed that up! haha! that's sleep deprivation for you! My hated one is vacuuming we have to many floors and to much carpet!

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