[Updated January 2017: This product has been redesigned and renamed. It is now called the Smart Microfiber 3×1 Mop, and the links direct to the new site. I have not tested the new version.]
No, it can’t bake a loaf of bread, whip up a pot of soup, or make a killer lasagna, but it sure does a great job of cleaning up the messes we make in our kitchen. My mother gave me a complete Swift Mop set as a housewarming gift when we moved in last spring, and I have to say that I’m a total convert. In the past I’ve used the mops with disposable cloths as well as regular squeeze mops and buckets for cleaning. The cost of using disposable cloths adds up over time and isn’t good for the environment, and the buckets of water just make a big mess with the water getting progressively more dirty. My kids generate enough dirt and goo for me to clean up without the mop adding to it!
Enter the Swift Mop and clean up is a whole lot cleaner and easier now. (Gosh, I hate sounding like a commercial!) Anyway, the mop is simple to use. The microfiber cloths cling to the wide Velcro strips on the bottom of the mop head and they don’t come loose like other mopping cloths. Just wet and wring the microfiber cloth, lay it on the floor and press down with the mop, then start mopping. For mopping the hardwood, I just use water on the cloth, but for the the kitchen tile I use a mixture of white vinegar and water that I keep in a spray bottle (about 2 tablespoons white vinegar + water to fill). For the particularly sticky spots that my boys seem to create every hour, I just squirt some of the vinegar solution directly on the spot, let it sit for a few seconds, then mop up.
The mop handle is retractable for easy storage, and telescopes from 35″ to 62″. After using the cloths, you just toss them in the washing machine or hand wash them and hang dry. If you use the washing machine, make sure you do not use bleach or fabric softeners. The company also sells microfiber large square cloths that replace paper towels and sponges for other cleaning jobs, as well as a polishing cloth and a special kitchen cloth for cleaning up sticky, greasy kitchen counters. I have three of the multipurpose hand cloths and find them very handy for windows and counter tops.
My only gripe with the product is the price, about $30 plus shipping for the mop and one pad. It’s not cheap, but if you have used other mop systems with the disposable cloths, then switching to the Swift Mop system will save you money in the long run.
I can’t say that I enjoy cleaning anymore than I did before, especially since I have to do it so much, but the Swift Mop makes my daily/hourly job a whole lot easier.
The bottom line:
Pros: Easy to use, cleans with simple water or vinegar and water, safe for kids and the environment, machine washable microfiber pads.
Cons: Pricier than other mops.
Cost: Mop with one microfiber pad costs $29.95 plus $7.95 shipping. Additional microfiber cleaning pads available.
Company: Swift Microfiber
921 Millville Road
Bloomsburg, PA 17815