Black and Decker Steam Mop Makes Cleaning Easy #ad #Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

5 Minutes for Mom contributor Jennifer Donovan is here to tell you about her experience with the new Black and Decker Steam Mop. She got a product to review to facilitate this review and was compensated for writing this post and sharing her honest opinion.

True confession time. I’m not a good housekeeper. I struggle every day against my urges to pile things up instead of putting them away, and my house is certainly not white glove clean. However, I have successfully found a way to balance my natural inclination to be lazy with a true desire to have a home that can welcome visitors and be a haven for my family.

When I was offered a chance to check out the Black and Decker SmartSelect Steam mop, I jumped at it (or perhaps like the woman in this video, I danced a little!):

If I was a good housekeeper, I know that I’d sweep every day, and mop every week — right? is that what you good housekeepers do? Well, I don’t. And especially in areas like my kitchen and bathrooms, I don’t always feel like they are as clean and sanitary as I’d like them to be.

Out of the box

Setting up the Black and Decker SmartSelect Steam mop was easy. Within a few minutes of taking it out of the box, it was ready to go. At first, it didn’t turn on, but that is a safety feature. After looking more closely, I hadn’t attached the handle properly. Once I pushed it all the way in, it heated up in less than a minute, as promised.

Steam Cleaning

My first project was my ceramic tile kitchen floor. I swept first, as directed, and then I used the steam mop to clean. There were a couple places that had extra drips, so I used the burst of steam, and after a few passes, it worked. I did find that if I wet the pad lightly first, it worked better. This is not recommended by the manufacturer, but it made me feel like I was getting a better clean.

However, using steam only still made my floors feel clean. The steam didn’t seem dangerous. My 9-year-old son was fascinated, and even got up close to take a look. He thought the floor would be hot after it was cleaned, but it wasn’t.

I also used the mop on my sealed hardwood floors, and I loved the results there as well.

The last thing I tried, was the “carpet freshener” feature. To use that, I snapped on the carpet glider and used it the same way. I’m not sure exactly what this did, but I liked the results on my kitchen rug and my large living room area rug.

The mop comes with two pads, so that you can wash one (in the machine, lay flat to dry) and always have the 2nd ready.

Just fill and go

Perhaps my favorite thing about this mop is how lightweight and maneuverable it is. I was able to get under my sofa, right by the kitchen baseboards, and around corners with ease.

I like that I don’t have to use any other products — just fill the water tank and go — saving me time and money.

It still has that new gadget feel, but I have a feeling that this will be a regular part of my cleaning routine. Perhaps I’ll even join the “good housekeeper” club and give my floors the weekly attention that they want.

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So tell us — what is the worst thing you hate about mopping your floors?



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Keri June 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

Everything sticks to it

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2 Jessica To June 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

I don’t like how time consuming it is.

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3 Melissa June 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

fun review! For me, the worst thing about mopping floors is how short-lived the results are. My sweet family can sense a clean floor from wherever they are and bring crumbs, tracks, and mud from far and wide. *sigh*

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4 Patricia Wojnar Crowley June 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

I hate lugging around a bucket!

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5 Stephanie June 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I hate the time that it takes to get it really clean.

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6 Donna O'Neil June 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Getting the bucket out.
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7 Kerrie Mayans June 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm

The amount of time it takes.

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8 DEBIJOT June 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

The worst is no matter how often I mop, the floors never look really clean.

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9 Anne Lehnick June 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I agree with Debijot… I have off-white ceramic tile in most of my house and it nevers looks clean.

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10 Brenda Smith June 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Time consuming process with wood floors.

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11 lizzy June 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I hate how long it takes.

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12 Tabitha P. June 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm

i hate the floors staying wet for so long.

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13 Jessica B. June 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I don’t like having to carry the bucket around.

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14 Leigh June 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I hate that it takes so long to get ready to mop the floors.
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15 bobbie c June 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Getting rid of shoe scuffs on the floor

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16 Christina June 22, 2013 at 10:25 pm

The amount of time it takes and lugging a bucket around.

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17 lana June 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

it takes so long and the kids get it dirty sooo fast again ;(

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18 Laura June 22, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Getting all of the dried junk off the floor – I have a two year old that is a very messy eater!

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19 Christina Z June 23, 2013 at 12:53 am

ringing the mop out eww

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20 Angel S. June 23, 2013 at 2:24 am

I hate rinsing the mop. Yuck!

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21 Vickie Riddle June 23, 2013 at 2:45 am

Wringing out the mop.

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22 Charlene S June 23, 2013 at 2:49 am

I clean it and the next day it already will have spots or crumbs and does not look like I just cleaned it.

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23 ellen beck June 23, 2013 at 3:45 am

I do cat rescue- cat hair, and assorted other things as well as what the people living here make keepin g the floors clean a chore!

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24 Shelbie Johnston June 23, 2013 at 3:50 am

Cat hair! I have cat hair floors LOL

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25 mamotts June 23, 2013 at 3:52 am

its not really getting it clean I can feel the dirt- its just not sanitary and hate the wet mess

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26 Joe June 23, 2013 at 6:36 am

Everything, carrying the bucket around especially.

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27 amanda June 23, 2013 at 6:37 am

with 2 toddlers, the floors are always messy and sticky, this would be a dream machine!

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28 BusyWorkingMama June 23, 2013 at 8:22 am

I hate having to clean the mop.
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29 Crissy D. June 23, 2013 at 8:31 am

I hate to dirty water, and the smell of the mop

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30 Colleen Boudreau June 23, 2013 at 10:14 am

I hate waiting for it to dry.

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31 Sonya Morris June 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

When people walk in the house with their shoes on after I mop! I am obsessed with sweeping and mopping so I love doing both!

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32 shelly June 23, 2013 at 10:33 am

I hate how my back hurts and how I have to keep changing the mop pad
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33 Steph June 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

The worst thing to me is that they really never seem to be truly clean.

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34 Anne June 23, 2013 at 11:21 am

The bucket, the water and the backbreaking work.

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35 Sheila K. June 23, 2013 at 11:49 am

It takes a long time to get the floors as clean as I like!

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36 Rhonda S. Phillips-Tenderholt June 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I hate how I clean the floors and then the boyz get it all dirty again.

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37 Dana June 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm

That it needs to be done every day!! LOL
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38 Craig W June 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Dirty water. Uggghh

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39 Melissa O. June 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I hate how the mop spreads around dirty water

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40 Tina Renee Barker June 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I loathe wringing out the mop!

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41 Courtnie June 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I hate carrying the mop around.

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42 Casie June 23, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Dirty mop water, yuck!

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43 Geri C June 23, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I hate that the mopped floors don’t stay clean for very long. “Didn’t I just mop yesterday?” Sigh. Great giveaway!
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44 Ruth Hill June 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I hate how much time it takes to mop the floors!
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45 Linda Poplees June 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm

It is very time consuming and you have to move furniture.

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46 crystal vandevender June 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I hate the big mess a mop makes!

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47 Nikki Lynn Hanna June 23, 2013 at 11:35 pm

it takes soo much time and you have to keep wringing it out

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48 lori clark June 24, 2013 at 12:48 am

getting the tough “gunk” off

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49 Brian Wall June 24, 2013 at 1:05 am

Everything lol I hate sweeping it 1st. I hate filling the bucket and the smell of the cleaner fluid. I hate the actual mopping. I hate the “trapping myself in the corner…AGAIN” trick the mop does to me lol and the worst…spilling the bucket all over the nice clean floor and doing it all over again :D

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50 Melissa Tippie June 24, 2013 at 1:37 am

The worst thing I hate about mopping my floors is empting the dirty water bucket! YUCK :(

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51 Theresa J June 24, 2013 at 1:38 am

I hate the bucket mess

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52 Kim Miller June 24, 2013 at 2:57 am

I hate mopping floors because it seems like all I’m doing is pushing around dirty water. And when I’m done the floor still doesn’t look clean :(

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53 hollowsins June 24, 2013 at 4:13 am

I hate having to move all the furniture around
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54 Diane Redcay June 24, 2013 at 8:42 am

seeing the dirt marks still on the floor

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55 Kitty June 24, 2013 at 9:27 am

Touching the dirty water – even with rubber gloves.

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56 Caroline B June 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

So hard to get sticky stuff of the floors.
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57 Dee N June 24, 2013 at 10:06 am

The dirty water…

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58 Brei H. June 24, 2013 at 10:13 am

Getting down on my hands and knees to scrub stubborn spots!

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59 Liza Glick June 24, 2013 at 11:05 am

Filling and dragging a bucket around!

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60 Maureen G June 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

The worst thing is having to move a soap-filled bucket around and then having to dump & refill – yuck!

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61 Jessica H June 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

Dirty water. I don’t feel like the floor is clean when I keep dipping the mop back into that water and using it to wipe the floor!

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62 betty June 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

not being able to reach the tough spots

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63 Wendy M June 24, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Trying to get up all the sticky spots of dropped food.

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64 Lacey Burd June 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm

What I hate the most is that nothing seems to do a good job, so I always end up going back over everything on my hands and knees

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65 Fabs June 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

After I mop my laminate floors, I have to use a towel and dry them or I get streaks. Anyone else have this problem? I seems like it takes me twice as long since I have to do this!

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66 Erin S June 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Everything. How time consuming it is, how messy it can be, always feeling like i have to go back over it on my hands and knees.

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67 Addison Kat June 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm

waiting for it to dry!

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68 Jeanna June 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm

The worst is when i’ve just finished up & the kids come walking through it :(

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69 courtney b June 24, 2013 at 4:48 pm

when people walk all over it right after!

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70 cristina June 24, 2013 at 6:42 pm

all of it! filling bucket with right amount of pine sol & water, wringing out mop, sloshing what eventually becomes dirty water…..never convinced it’s really clean.

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71 Shari June 24, 2013 at 7:13 pm

All the dog hair that gets stuck on the floor afterward.

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72 Stephanie Ann June 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I hate seeing all the dirt that was on my floor!

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73 Randi S June 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

The mop breaking in the middle of the job…as it did today! Needless to say, I could really use this new one!!
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74 nannypanpan June 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm

feeling like i am sometimes utting dirty water on the floors

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75 Donna L June 24, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I don’t like how long it takes me to mop.

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76 Mary W June 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm

I hate how long it takes and how difficult it is to finish. At least this machine would make it more fun!

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77 Susan P. June 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm

I hate when you clean the floor and then dirt gets tracked in right away!

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78 Sadie B. June 24, 2013 at 11:05 pm

I don’t like waiting for the floor to dry. And then people walking on my nice clean floor.

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79 Brandy W. June 24, 2013 at 11:41 pm

The smell and the time it takes in general!

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80 Heather Hayes Panjon June 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

I Dislike How Long It Takes To Mop The Floors!

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81 Annette {This Simple Mom} June 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Everything! I would love to try this out. With three messy children, there are always spots on my floor that need extra scrubbing!
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82 Marilyn June 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I hate that it seems like it takes forever to get all floors mopped and ringing out the mop … that really stinks to!

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83 Ellen C. June 25, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Is that wood floors collect such horrible dust bunnies especially when you have cats. Thanks!

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84 Jamie Brigham June 25, 2013 at 11:21 pm

The worst thing about mopping is the constant back and forth to the sink to rinse the mop

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85 gina phillips June 25, 2013 at 11:51 pm

i am a perfectionist which makes me feel like nothing is ever clean enough.
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86 Becky Richied June 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

That I have to mop everyday, because we have a pup and it makes me feel better in doing so.

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87 Sarah VM June 27, 2013 at 10:11 am

Our floors are old and white and very hard to clean.

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88 Marie Muckey June 27, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I hate the whole process of washing the floor

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89 Jessie C. June 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Sticky gum is the worst.

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90 Karen Lynch June 27, 2013 at 4:26 pm

The water in the bucket at the end.

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91 Carla Gade June 28, 2013 at 2:42 am

I hate the mess involved in mopping. I wish it were easier. Sounds like a great a product.

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92 mrsshukra June 28, 2013 at 3:18 am

Don;t like the mess and having to be on my knees!

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93 Sandy Klocinski June 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I hate everything about mopping floors!

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94 Blessie Nelson June 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm

The back pain that comes after and is unbearable!

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95 shaunie June 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Making sure you have the last of the water up; lots of work

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96 Melissa B June 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

The worst part about cleaning my kitchen floor is how long it takes..

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97 Richard June 29, 2013 at 5:45 am

The worst part is if someone walks in whilst the floor is still wet once it’s dried you have more dirt than you started with ARRRRRRRGGGHH!!!!!

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98 Brittany June 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm

It gets dirty immediately after cleaning.

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99 April Yedinak June 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I hate having to touch the dirty mop to squeeze it out.

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100 Stephanie June 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Just having to move everything out of the way so I can get to the entire floor.

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101 Mike Bratek June 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Wringing out the mop in all that dirty and hot water!

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102 jeannine s June 30, 2013 at 1:58 am

i hate mopping and then someone walking on it

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103 Wanda McHenry June 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

I hate when the dog walks on my semi-wet floor.

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104 meredith June 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I hate cleaning up after cleaning up

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105 Liz July 1, 2013 at 10:58 am

Dumping out the water when I’m finished. UGH.

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106 Tammy S July 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm

The thing I hate most is never knowing if they are really clean when I use a regular mop. I feel like I am just spreading the dirt.

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107 Gennelle July 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm

The wringing out of the mop never seems to do the trick for me. I hate mopping up a koolaid of juice spill.

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108 Kathy Fleming July 2, 2013 at 6:57 am

slinging a mop makes my back hurt
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109 Sabrina July 2, 2013 at 8:16 am

How long it takes to do it, and then how long it takes before you have to do it again!

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110 Tabathia B July 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm

That it looks like I am pushing the dirt around

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111 Christine July 2, 2013 at 9:55 pm

The time it takes.
Thanks for the chance!

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112 Melanie Montgomery July 3, 2013 at 9:11 am

I don’t feel like I’m good at it.

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113 erin dear July 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

it takes up so much time

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114 Staci A July 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I hate that seconds later someone will make a mess on it!

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115 Jessica July 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I dislike cleaning floors in general. I feel like, “What’s the point? Someone’s just gonna walk all over it in a minute anyway.” If this works as well as the review says then I might not mind cleaning my floors as much anymore.

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