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In need of better cleaning tips

ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
edited September 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm quite competant with my Swiffer set (duster, sweeper, vaccum), Clorox wipes, as well as the good old broom and dustpan.
Now for my issues.
Despite my competance, the Swiffer vaccum sucks a whole lot of ass. The vaccum my girlfriend has is also quite horrid. Which means, a new vaccum is in my future. I've already got an idea, but curiosity... the roomba/scooba looks fantastic. The geek in me loves it. The girlfriend in my life is afriad it will eat the cat. Either way it's a win win.
Speaking of the cat... her litter is destroying the house! We have hard wood everywhere with tile in the kitchen. We do a good job keeping the outside dirt, well, outside. But that litter comes out of the box and gets spread constantly. We keep a big fluffy bath math beneath the box, and it helps. But hey, it's everywhere still. If the Swiffer vaccum worked better, perhaps this wouldn't be as much of a problem.
Oh, and speaking of those floors... this isn't exactly a wash the floors kind of house, despite the obvious need that we need to. I already mentioned my interest in the Scooba, but damned if cool tech isn't expensive.

We also have a baby on the way. Therefor, our cleaning habbits need to get closer to hospital quality (to a degree, at least). Oh, and bathroom cleaning. That's her world, but tips are tips.

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  • TrippyDKTrippyDK Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    You could potentially watch Those roomba and scoobas come up on there all the time for a discounted price.

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  • EggyToastEggyToast Jersey CityRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Roombas are good but they're not amazing. As in, they vacuum a room for you but they don't have great suction or amazing cleaning power. They just have good coverage.

    As for the cat, how is it getting out of the box? perhaps buying a better box, with higher sides, or a different litter would help?

    And for goodness sakes, I hope you don't let her handle the litter box while pregnant. Toxoplasmosis is not cool.

    But, uh, you don't have any questions in your post. You're just talking about stuff. I have no idea what you're looking for advice on. Cleaning tips? Clean as you go, don't let messes last more than a day, if you have hardwood floors use a mop for real cleaning.

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  • DhalphirDhalphir don't you open that trapdoor you're a fool if you dareRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Enjo your life.

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  • IrohIroh Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I suggest you invest in something manually operated rather than a robotic vacuum and/or mop. There are some things that those are not going to be able to clean up, and you're probably going to encounter them a lot more frequently with a baby.

    As far as the cat goes, get an enclosed box with a door flap. It still won't be perfect, but it's a lot nicer than an open litter box.

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