On summer twenty-one years ago, just a few weeks after giving birth to our son, a vacuum cleaner salesman came by. I was so tired I didn’t have the energy to say I wasn’t interested, so I invited him to do a demonstration. WOW! I had no idea that a vacuum cleaner could clean so well, hahah. Was I just delusional about sleep deprivation? Maybe, but I was sold. I bought our Kirby vacuum that day.
I will never forget my husband’s face when he saw what I bought for $ 1,000. I tried to justify my recitation of all the bells and whistles to him, but he was not convinced. Yet he ultimately fell in love with this void and it became the standard by which we still judge all other voids. In fact, we ALWAYS have this void! I would say it was worth every penny!
Recently my daughter Kylee came over to show me her fun cleaning tool, a steam mop. It reminded me of the day I saw our Kirby in action, even though she didn’t sell mops! Ha! She just wanted to show it to me because she loved it so much. I loved it too! Before she even left, I ordered mine on the spot! Let me explain why!
While I’m obviously a sucker for a good cleaning tool, I’m NOT obsessed with cleaning or perfectionism. I like what I call a “fairly clean” house. Our house is never perfect because we LIVE here, but a sufficiently clean house makes life so much happier and less stressful for me! I don’t always want to clean, so I do my best when doing a home remodel or investing in a decor or furnishing purchase to make sure the choice is easy enough to make.
Sometimes I sacrifice ease of maintenance a bit for the look (I have a white sofa, for example!) But I always carefully weigh my decisions about the lifestyle commitment that comes with that choice. If I like it enough, and as long as it’s relatively doable to clean (like covers), I’ll go ahead and get it.
The floors in my kitchen were AMAZING for our busy little kitchen walk. They resist all abuse, wear and tear beautifully. We chose our tiles for this reason, I didn’t want to have to keep these floors or clean them all the time. We have our two dogs and two furry cousins visiting us so it had to be pet proof.
Years after they were installed, I am delighted with our choice. They are pretty, but also so easy to maintain. Honestly, I rarely notice when our floors need to be washed. It’s good … and again … .May be bad… LOL! That’s why I realized I would make good use of this mop. My floors are really good at disguising the household chores I probably should be doing. I never find it “difficult” to keep a clean white kitchen because you can see what needs to be cleaned and take care of it so that it always looks fresh and stays that way!
But the floors are different, in my opinion. I certainly don’t want to walk on crusty floors so we keep them swept and clean up any obvious spills right away. But like I said, my floors are good at hiding dirt, so you really don’t have to constantly clean them to make the floors look clean when you walk, at least at a glance. 🙂 This is the type of floor I love!
Anyway Kylee was telling me one day how she cleans her tiles and grout in her bathroom and I knew I needed to see it for myself so I invited her to show it to me. !
I wanted to see this miracle cleaning tool for myself. She showed me the attachments and did a little demonstration of how he could clean my grout. I was shocked! Why didn’t I know I needed this? Even though we were cleaning our floors and I think they were clean enough, the steam cleaner was pulling dirt out of the grout that I didn’t even know we had! Like I said, hiding dirt is good … but also wrong.
I was so excited about the ease and quality of operation that I ordered my own steamer immediately. I have this steamboat, The broom I ordered is slightly different since hers was not available, but it is very similar!
Watch a short video below of the steamboat in action.
Another thing I love about using the mop is that it is a toxin-free cleaning tool. We use Thieves Household Cleaner in our home because I don’t want to bring in toxic fumes that harm us as we try to “clean” our house! That’s all we need! It’s my favorite all-purpose cleaner – it’s so easy to clean your floors (and everything in between) with Thieves. Simply spray the floor with the cleaner (it’s a concentrate, so you only need to use a cap in a water spray bottle) and a steam mop for a thorough cleaning. You can keep your tiles, tubs and showers sparkling clean without any toxic fumes!
Here are the details on how to get Thieves Cleaner (and other toxin-free products) for the best price here.
It is the source of the vapor.
Have a good spring cleaning!
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