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Why I Hate Sweeping And Mopping And How It Just Got Much Easier

Do you ever have conversations like this with your “significant other”?? “Hon, if you unload the dishwasher…I’ll fill it.”  or  “Hon, if you fold the clothes in the dryer….I’ll transfer the clothes from the washer and start another load.”  or  “Hon, if you vacuum….I’ll dust.”  or (and this is the one I use the most!)  “Hon, if you will sweep…I’ll mop!”

Well, I guess those are less conversation and more negotiation on my part to get my husband to help me out with some of my least favorite tasks…..including the dreaded sweeping/mopping detail.

Oh how I hate to sweep AND mop! 

I know it sounds a little crazy…but I don’t mind sweeping….and I really don’t mind mopping (except that in order to mop you really can’t skip the sweeping part, unfortunately)…but I hate doing both! It is the main reason I will procrastinate this particular chore until it really is bordering on unseemly (or until my kids start complaining their feet/socks are sticking to the floor!). *sigh* Then I start the much hated process.

  • Put all chairs, stools, trash cans, shoes, laundry baskets, rugs, JUNK, up on counters or on table or throw outside into the snow.
  • Break out the broom and dust pan and sweep. Don’t forget inside pantry door in kitchen and storage closet in mudroom/laundry room (how do those get so much crap in them anyway? Nobody even walks in there!)
  • Sweep all debris into corner…making sure to corral the air soft gun pellets that will bounce off the wall and ricochet back across the room again!
  • Inspect debris pile for stray change…pocket the change for a big Diet Coke on ice reward later for doing this horrible job.
  • Marvel at how many blood glucose strips are in the debris pile and puzzle over why the 16 year old can never seem to get them into the trash can.
  • Realize you are procrastinating the mopping….sweep debris into dust pan…throw into trash can on top of counter.
  • Hunt down mop (that for some reason never seems to be where I put it last)…fill sink with hot water, soap and bleach.
  • Dunk mop…squeeze out…marvel at how the water is already dirty and you haven’t even started mopping yet.
  • Mop dining area….rinse….squeeze….mop kitchen proper….rinse….squeeze….try not to notice how dirty and gross the water is that you just RINSED in….finish mopping in laundry room.
  • Find yourself mopped into a corner….go out the garage door….try to come back in the front door….find yourself locked out of your own home.
  • Sit down on front step and think to yourself….I quit drinking too soon!

KIDDING!!!! Couldn’t resist that last line. ;-) It’s one of those lines we tend to use in our house when we are frustrated and tensions are running high…just to inject a little levity. I’m not sure it translates here. lol.

Anyway…..I think you get the picture! I really, really, really, really, really dislike sweeping and mopping. Give me a pile of clothes a mile high to fold….but please don’t make me sweep and mop.

So…when the Oreck people asked if I was interested in trying out their new “Grab It and Steam It” Turbo Broom and Steam Mop I thought maybe it was some sort of cruel joke! There couldn’t possibly be a device out there that addressed my most dreaded homekeeping chore! Could there?????

Ladies and gentlemen…I’m hear to tell you that yes…there is. I’m pretty sure the people in R & D at Oreck must have had me in mind when they came up with the Grab-It and Steam-It. I don’t know how they knew…they just did. Or….maybe I’m not the only one who feels this way about sweeping/mopping. hmmmm.

So…I have to be completely upfront about this…given my serious aversion to sweeping/mopping…pretty much anything someone comes up with to replace it is going to be A-OK in my book! But, I promise I will TRY and give this product an honest and forthcoming review.

So here we go…my observations…in no particular order.

#1 SUPER easy to put together right out of the box. Seriously easy. I considered asking my husband for help but soon realized how ridiculous that would be since it literally involved snapping the handle onsnapping the steamer pad thingie onto the bottom….filling the water thingie with water…and plugging it in/turning it on!

#2 At first I was too nervous to actually try the “grabbing” and the “steaming” at the same time…so I just ran it around the kitchen as a turbo broom. It has excellent sucking abilities…but if you’re looking for a something that will grab stuff right up against the wall or in corners…this isn’t that something. However, anything in its unencumbered path was immediately sucked up into the little removable receptacle. Including licorice snaps and blood glucose strips. (How did those get on the floor?)

#3 I tentatively approached the steaming part…because I have actually never owned a steamer. I’ve always wanted one…just never found the right one at the right price before. I started out on low…but soon was craving more and cranked that baby up to high. Perfect…lots of steam…got the floor plenty wet…but not too wet. I even used it on the section of our kitchen floor that is directly under our “milk shake making station” (I have a child who thinks milk shakes are part of the 4 food groups…well I guess technically they are) that had dried on globs of ice cream spilled on it. That stuff does not come up easily. I didn’t count but I’d guesstimate about 10 short strokes with the thing on high steam and the globs were gone.

Laundry/mudroom “before”
 #4 I saved the nastiest area for last, the laundry/mudroom. I didn’t prepare the room in any way, except to get everything up off the floor. I’m particularly proud of all that dirt where the rug was. :-/ Before I tackled this area though, I changed out the microfiber cloth for a clean one (it comes with two) because I knew it was going to need it! And I was right. The thing was filthy when I was done (see picture above) but the floor in my admittedly small laundry/mudroom was completely clean. As a matter of fact…the floor looked so nice when I was done it made my baseboards look extra dirty, which led to more cleaning, but hey…it was a small price to pay.
Laundry/mudroom “after”

Overall impression…where has this been all my life? With the exception of the inability to suck up dirt in corners and being a bit of an upper arm workout (not that I couldn’t use more of that!) this floor cleaning tool was everything I could have hoped for. Simple to operate, nicely compact, effective. Some might suggest my standards aren’t high enough here, but like I said at the beginning of this, anything that addresses one of my least favorite household chores (and my guess is I’m not alone in this) is going to be given more than it’s fair shake by me. :-)

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  • […] to receive an Oreck Grab-It & Steam-It™ from the Oreck people back in January when I did a giveaway on my website…there was a bit of a mishap involved with that one that I prefer to not go […]

  • Heck yeah, I'd like to win one of these. I'd use it on the bathroom floors which are even grosser to do than kitchens and laundry rooms! Especially since I learned at oreck.com that it will work on low pile carpet too.

  • Just visited Oreck.com and learned their "Grab it and steam it" creates steam hot enough to reduce bacteria like e-coli and staph ! Sounds like a handy tool that I can't live without…

  • Right now, I hand wash my whole house which is all hard wood floors. I get down on all fours with a sponge and start scrubbing. It seems the only way to get things clean. My husband is a mechanic so every surface needs to be scrubbed more often than not. I don't like the products where you use and throw away so I don't use the Swiffers. I prefer products that I can use over and over. Which I read that the pads for the Grab-it & Steam-it are re-usable and that is awesome! Thank you for the cleaning tips and I totally going to try the armpit stain remover today!

  • I already entered above but wanted to say all I could think about yesterday while sweeping and then mopping was how badly I wanted to win this giveaway. I kept thinking, if I only had the Grab it & Steam it I'd be SO done right now!! This might need to go on my 'wish list'. :)

  • I learned that it's not just easy to set up– it's ready to use quickly too! With a baby ready to crawl soon this is just what I need to keep my floors clean without spending too much time or exposing him to any residue from chemical floor cleaners.

  • I am like you. I do not mind sweeping as long as I don't have to follow right up with the mopping. It would certainly be nice to have a handy gadget that helped me with both at the same time. I have a "steam" mop, but have to sweep or vacuum first. This would save a lot of that precious time and allow more fun activities. P.S. I love you blog. I have pinned several of your ideas and helpful hints. Keep up the good work.

  • I visited http://www.oreck.com/
    seems I should leave a comment here and not at oreck.com?

    I learned that the cleaner won't suck up dirt in corners and is a bit of an upper arm workout. I definitely need the upper arm workout, so that's not a negative for me.

  • I just "liked" you on facebook… can't believe I hadn't done it before now because I've repinned so many of your brilliant ideas through pinterest!

  • I learned it will work on my tile, grout and dining room carpet. Yes I said dining room CARPET, it was obviously a single man who designed my house! I've been following you on pinterest for a little while now, but now on facebook and google connect. I want this so bad I almost signed up for twitter, but I don't tweet…

  • I loved hearing that it also works on carpet (low pile anyways!) I have hardwood throughout and tile everywhere and would love to say goodbye to my broom, mop, and swiffer! I joined in on Google connect (cartersmom10) and I liked you on FB. I wish I could like you on Twitter, but unfortunately, I just don't get Twitter, but think I should get a "T" for trying! I HOPE I WIN!

  • I learned from Oreck.com that not only will it sweep on bare floors, you can use it on low pile rugs. I haven't seen any other steam vac able to do that. THANKS

  • Love that it's chemical free and only weighs 9.6 lbs when filled with water – love your blog, have been a subscriber to sweet deals since your early days when I saw you on Good Things Utah:)and one good thing right from the start!

  • I learned that it only weighs 9.6 pounds when filled with water. Also, 30 minutes of cleaning time with NO chemicals! Awesome!! I NEED one of these babies!!

  • Found your blog yesterday…love it!!! Following you on Facebook and Twitter :)

    Found out about the Grab It and Steam only takes water and it heats it just enough to kill any bacteria, which means this Mommy does not have to worry about any harsh chemical residue to transfer on to my 10 months old hands!!!

  • Found your blog yesterday – LOVE!!!

    I visited oreck.com and found out that the Grab It and Steam It has a low profile, swiveling head for ease of cleaning around and under things!

  • Cleaning in corners is the hardest job but looks like the Oreck Grab It & Steam will do the job ! Best of all it will work on low pile carpet and only uses water…not expensive cleaners. Would love to own one!

  • I love that it can hold 21 ounces of water that will provide about 30 minutes of steam! That's perfect for cleaning my kitchen floor! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • I learned that it will provide about 30 minutes of steam! I have about 1000 sq ft of tile so I need something that will clean a large area without having to refill a ton of times. Been looking into the shark steam pocket mop but this seems much better!

  • I've learned from Oreck.com that this fabulous little tool can be used on my bamboo floors in my kitchen which are constantly getting little sticky spots everywhere AND my carpet which desperately needs a deeper cleaning than my vacuum will give it. Would love to win this!!

  • I've learned from Oreck.com that this fabulous little tool can be used on my bamboo floors in my kitchen which are constantly getting little sticky spots everywhere AND my carpet which desperately needs a deeper cleaning than my vacuum will give it. Would love to win this!!

  • I've learned from Oreck.com that this fabulous little tool can be used on my bamboo floors in my kitchen which are constantly getting little sticky spots everywhere AND my carpet which desperately needs a deeper cleaning than my vacuum will give it. Would love to win this!!

  • I've learned from Oreck.com that this fabulous little tool can be used on my bamboo floors in my kitchen which are constantly getting little sticky spots everywhere AND my carpet which desperately needs a deeper cleaning than my vacuum will give it. Would love to win this!!

  • I've learned from Oreck.com that this fabulous little tool can be used on my bamboo floors in my kitchen which are constantly getting little sticky spots everywhere AND my carpet which desperately needs a deeper cleaning than my vacuum will give it. Would love to win this!!

  • I've learned from Oreck.com that this fabulous little tool can be used on my bamboo floors in my kitchen which are constantly getting little sticky spots everywhere AND my carpet which desperately needs a deeper cleaning than my vacuum will give it. Would love to win this!!

  • I've learned from Oreck.com that this fabulous little tool can be used on my bamboo floors in my kitchen which are constantly getting little sticky spots everywhere AND my carpet which desperately needs a deeper cleaning than my vacuum will give it. Would love to win this!!

  • I've learned from Oreck.com that this fabulous little tool can be used on my bamboo floors in my kitchen which are constantly getting little sticky spots everywhere AND my carpet which desperately needs a deeper cleaning than my vacuum will give it. Would love to win this!!

  • I've learned from Oreck.com that this fabulous little tool can be used on my bamboo floors in my kitchen which are constantly getting little sticky spots everywhere AND my carpet which desperately needs a deeper cleaning than my vacuum will give it. Would love to win this!!

  • I've learned from Oreck.com that this fabulous little tool can be used on my bamboo floors in my kitchen which are constantly getting little sticky spots everywhere AND my carpet which desperately needs a deeper cleaning than my vacuum will give it. Would love to win this!!

  • I've learned from Oreck.com that this fabulous little tool can be used on my bamboo floors in my kitchen which are constantly getting little sticky spots everywhere AND my carpet which desperately needs a deeper cleaning than my vacuum will give it. Would love to win this!!

  • I've learned a lot about this lovely appliance (because I really want one) but two things like I like about it are that it's free of chemicals. THANK YOU ORECK! This guy won't put one more unhealthy in my house or in my kitchen closet. Also, I really like that it is light weight. It won't be clunky or make me miss the good old broom & mop that I currently use.

    Oh, think of the freed up closet space with using this guy and getting rid of the mop, broom, dust pan, and small hand broom. Yes, PLEASE!!

  • Yes! For heaven's sake people! Don't use this on your drywall or automobiles! lol! That cracked me up too….nice to know many of you "hop down the same humor trail"! :-))

    Loving all the comments/entries! Keep 'em coming.

  • I too, dread to vacuum and mop. I have been looking into steamers ever since I read your post on cleaning linoleum with the steam from an iron! LOVED IT! The Oreck Grab It and Steam It would cut my cleaning time in half! With the 30 foot cord and 30 minutes of steaming, I could clean my kitchen floors in no time!
    I love your blog. Thank you for taking time time every day to post. It makes my day!
    Rachel Wilson
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  • •Weighs 9.6 pounds when filled with water, one thing I learned about the grab and steam. I would have to save up my money to buy one of these but if it really worked, it would be worth it. Hope I win. :)

  • I learned that it weights 9.6 lbs when it is filled with water!…not too shabby!! :)

    thanks for the chance to win this!
    avalenti6936 at yahoo dot com

    Manda

  • I learned it should work on my bamboo floors since they are sealed and not and engineered product. I wonder why the steamers aren't safe for laminate and engineered flooring since many people are choosing these floors these days. Hum….

  • I love that it can be used on multiple floor surfaces and can sanitize. Having a newborn and trying to potty train a 2yr old my floors can never be clean enough!

  • I learned it can hold 21 ounces of water that will provide about 30 minutes of steam. My kitchen/dining area could probably be done on one fill (probobly twice the first time).

  • I learned men & women alike LOVe this thing! & it should be much better then the Shark products I have owned & shortly broke after a few months of use.
    Love Oreck! My comment came from the reviewers!

  • I learned that it can hold 21 ounces of water that will provide about 30 minutes of steam. That is alot of cleaning for me! I have ceramic and tile flooring all over my house! With two kids, a dog, three cats, and a hubby, I am always sweeping and/or mopping. It will be nice to have one tool to do it all!

  • I love that it lease no toxic residue and does a "dry" steam. With 4 kids and a husband my floors are just never clean enough for my taste. Trying to find time to mop and keep people off the clean floor is impossible. Please, please please I need one of these!

  • I learned that the Oreck Grab-It & Steam-It "Works on hard floor surfaces and low pile carpet." I have carpet areas that seriously need this kind of help, and I'm very reluctant to put any kind of soapy product on carpets – it just leaves residue that attracts more dirt! So, steaming is THE way to go!

  • I learned it has a 30 foot cord which means less time having to switch to a different outlet, thus saving time. My house is ALL tile so this would be a God send!

  • I am a fan on Facebook as well. I learned that it shouldn't be used on cars. Which I thought was funny………..that means someone tried to use it on a car with bad results. HA HA.

  • I learned it weighs 9.6# when filled w/water, heats up quickly AND heats high enough to reduce bacteria. Who knew?! I, too, am part of the 'hate sweeping/mopping' club. (hangs head in shame)I'd love to win this and impress the heck out of my fam w/my newly impressive cleaning abilities. :)I'm already a fan on facebook.

  • HI Jillee, I was surprised to see you can use it for 30 minutes without refilling it! In my house that means I would be completely DONE with my mopping AND sweeping!!

  • This sweeper/steam mop looks amazing. I visited Oreck's website and was tickled to find that it was NOT for use on drywall or automobile exteriors! LOL!!! I was pleased to see that it would be appropriate for my sealed hardwood floors.

  • Let me just say that I share your hatred of sweeping AND mopping. I have an entire house (living room, dining room, kitchen, bath, mud/laundry room, hallway, 3 bedrooms)that has to be swept AND mopped at least once a week, twice in the summer when everyone wears their shoes through the whole house. I was completely unaware that such an appliance as the Oreck Grab-it & Steam-it even existed. It really seems like an answer to soooo many prayers! I took a little field trip to orek.com and learned that the water tank holds 21oz. which should equal about 30 minutes of steam. I wonder how long it would take to clean all of my floors?

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