Housewife Meets the Shark!
This is not a REAL housewife!
Hot and steamy hardwood/ceramic tile cleaner!
Tales of a REAL Housewife!
As my hub name indicates - I am a real housewife. This is my first job. I do the shopping, cook the meals, do the laundry and clean the house. Unlike the "Real Housewives" in Orange County or Atlanta - in Missouri - REAL housewives do these things. In my reality, those ladies are called actresses! While I admire them, of course I do! I am a housewife junky - I just have to laugh because I wish I had a chef to shout, "Henri! We are having a party please prepare the "Poisson" as I check to make sure that my heel is clean in case anyone should be admiring my Louboutin's.
In my world, I'm the one left holding the broomstick. If I'm not using it for transportation, I am using it to sweep what seems like endless floor space. I live in a two story house - the first floor is the lvingroom area and kitchen area. The living room is about 12' x 24' of hard wood floor. The kitchen is about 15' x 20' of ceramic tile.
I have two children still at home and 2 dogs, 1 cat and 8 birds at this time. The floors can be a problem and I have to clean them every day. My usual routine was to run a vacuum over the entire floor and use the hose to clean next to the baseboards and in the corners. Then I used a padded push duster type broom and sprayed a solution of Murphy's Oil and hot water in a water bottle and completed the floor in sections.
David took over the task of mopping the kitchen floor when I was pregnant with Sydney and he still does that chore to help me out. I am sure he would rather be watching football but I am not turning that help down!
Hubbing and Scrubbing
The living room is a lot of area to cover and it requires quite a bit of elbow grease on my part. I have it divided into thirds, mentally. I scrub one third of the floor and then I sit down and catch my breath and I check into hub. Gosh knows what rabbit hole I might drop down before I catch myself and continue on to part two, and so on. The whole time I hate those dull floors that are keeping me from chatting and playing around in hub world.
I spotted a shark in bed!
I had just finished a day of hubbing and scrubbing and I finally got to get into my bad bed and flip on some late night television and there it was - an advertisement for The Shark! I recorded that commercial, woke up my husband because he is so easy to take advantage of when he is in slow wave sleep, and I said, "look honey! Will you buy me that shark?"
Dazed and confused he gave me a squint and a smirk and said, "sure lets get a shark maybe it will eat the cat."
"Nooooo!" I say in soothing voice, "it is a steam cleaner for the hard wood floors and it works on ceramic tile too! You wouldn't have to scrub the kitchen floor anymore - I could do them all with this machine" I say all excited and breathless. "It cuts through dirt and sticky soda with no problem! It cuts through dirt on hardwood floors like it's nothing! It practically cleans the floors all by itself!" I continue because he isn't making me stop.
"Whatever you want, Kelly, go buy a shark, a lion, tiger or bear! Good night!" he huffed.
I took that as a yes!
Dave said I could have the Shark!
After 5 fair sweep overs....
After about 5 minutes....
Results on hardwood floor!
Lela Cargill Original Painting - The Ocelot
Is it the REAL deal?
I could not wait to order this product by mail so I decided to go to Wal-Mart to see if they carried this product that would relieve me of so much time and effort! I had to have one now - it was a burning desire.
I located the section of handy dandy steam floor cleaners and they had several sharks! One for just $49.99, then the next notch up was $69.99 and $79.99. I wasn't sure what the difference was but I checked out the watts of power and volts and they were all the same so I purchased the $49.99 model. One appeared to have a larger tank but I didn't see any difference in the quality of clean - I should expect.
I wasted no time and got that shark out of the box. It comes with a measuring cup and funnel. You simply pour tap water into the tank, wait 30 seconds and the steam is ready to roll. The video shows that the mop just cut right through all that mud and grim in no time - I was excited to test it out but a bit sad it didn't use any nice smelling cleaning solution.
If you had time to see the video, it shows the woman just swishing The Shark over the thick muddy floor. It picks it up right away! Well lets put it to the test!
Dave, still not remembering that we already talked about buying that shark (selective memory I say!) shook his head when I said, "honey, would you go out and bring some mud in the house?" He says he has learned not to ask and he brought in some mud and I smeared it over the floor. I didn't do a thick strip, like on the video, lets be real....I have to clean it up!
I plugged my new found shark friend in and waited the required 30 seconds. It comes with 2 double sided pads, one for polishing and one for scrubbing. I decided this was a job for the scrubby side. It began to steam and hiss and when you push it forward it releases more steam. It has pump action kind of like an AK47, only not.
I scrubbed over the spot five times and the result is in the photograph. It was sticking and a little hard to push forward but it receommends talking longer strides and moving slowly. I suspect it loosens the dirt more and I did do this and it didn't budge for a few minutes. Slowly it began to push the dirt around and smear out into a larger circle.
After about 3 - 5 minutes though it was all gone!
It took about one tank of water to do the living room and one for the kitchen. It really made cleaning the kitchen floor a breeze. The tile looked nice and the hard woods were glowing.
The things I like best about the product:
- saves time
- saves effort
- sanitizes the floors
I did not like the exaggeration on the advertising. I would have bought the product knowing how it works for REAL. It makes the job quicker and easier which gives me more free time. I started reading a great book by Merlin Fraser, "Inner Space" in August and my life was interruped by a little accident of sorts, I have not had time to read a book for fun since then. I am really looking forward to throwing the mop out and getting the reading time in!
"As a housewife, I figure if the kids are still alive when my husband gets home from work, then hey, I've done my job." ~ Roseanne Barr
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