It's true. Otherwise it just makes the job a whole lot harder than it needs to be which leads to greater frustration. I am learning that as I go through my house and evaluate how I normally clean things.
On Tuesday, I noticed my floors. We have a TON of tile. Only the family room and bedrooms have carpet. The rest is all tile. I have noticed that after our floors would be "mopped" socks and feet would still turn an undesirable color. Blech! I would wipe something up off the floor and more than a trace of dirt would come up with the towel. Double blech!
We purchased a steam mop in the hopes that it would make cleaning the tile a little more effective (and fun). I didn't buy any replacement pads other than what came with the mop. That was my first mistake. I asked our house cleaner (Yes, the dirty secret is out. My husband has blessed me with this service ever since I was sick while expecting Miss A. However, we are trying to wean ourselves off her services and so here I am. I don't want to be ashamed of a gift from my husband.) to use this rather than her mop and so she did. However, she only uses the one pad throughout the whole house. I figured this was the culprit for the not so clean floors.
Rather than disgust you with my experiment and results lets just say that four more replacement pads are on their way and I need to figure something else out in the mean time. ha ha ha!!
I also realized we are in a new stage of life where the floors need to be cleaned more than once a week. I am thinking that I will do floors Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I did them today relatively fast, much to my surprise! I think 45 minutes or less to vacuum (YAY! Miss L is no longer freaking out about the vacuum - she just leaves the room) and mop. That's if everything is off the floor, too.
In the end, I also think it helps to have tools that you like to use and are fun... like a steam mop, a BlendTec, KitchenAid mixer, pretty pots & pans, etc.
What are some of your favorite tools to use around the house?