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December 13, 2013

Experts' Expert: Bounty paper towels are the best


That's the opinion of one Sabrina Fierman, vice president of the cleaning firm New York's Little Elves.

She took New York Times reporter Tim McKeough shopping for cleaning supplies and dished about what she knows best.

Wrote McKeough in yesterday's paper, "To some, cleaning house means making a casual tour with the vacuum and taking a few jabs at the toilet with a soapy brush. Not Sabrina Fierman. As vice president of New York’s Little Elves, a cleaning firm used by many designers and contractors, she takes the job to a level that would satisfy the most obsessive germaphobe."

And: "'We come in with a crew and clean from top to bottom,' Ms. Fierman, 45, said. 'From ceilings to lights to baseboards to hardware. We pull drawers out and clean behind them. We use Q-tips and chopsticks wrapped with cotton rags to get into vents and grilles.'"

More: "Not surprisingly, she has plenty of advice on the subject. To start, she said, you don't need lots of specialized cleaners. Unless you're disinfecting, she said, 'you can almost clean the whole home with liquid Ivory soap or Dr. Bronner's Castile soap.'"

Finally: "As for paper towels, they aren't all created equal. 'We only use Bounty,' she said, 'because it doesn't disintegrate, fall apart, shed or leave fibers behind. If you're cleaning with a paper towel that falls apart, you're just creating more work.'"

Tell you what: no more Scott at chez Gray Cat: we're moving to Bounty in a furry yoctosecond.

Have some.

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Costco has the best towels, but no select a size and I would like a small sheet at times.

Posted by: Jeff | Dec 27, 2013 2:56:54 PM

My Nonno (Grandpa) once said,

paper towels, huh?

What's next, bottled water?

Posted by: Joe Peach | Dec 14, 2013 5:16:54 PM

Used to love Viva though, so soft. They got pricey at a point, I gave them up cold turkey, then Bounty caught up, but the habit was broken. I can see why Viva would be used for cleaning anything that might scratch, but they can be a bit linty, so for household scrubbing, wiping of counters, Bounty it is. Plus that "select-a-size" thing is great for excessive paper towel users like me. That, and that our trash company now composts them, alleviates some of the guilt.

Posted by: tamra | Dec 14, 2013 2:04:31 PM

...like when the paper towel roll selects the size for you...

Posted by: Marianne | Dec 14, 2013 12:14:06 PM

A tweet of mine that appeared 17 hours before tamra's comment:


Diff'rent strokes.

Posted by: bookofjoe | Dec 14, 2013 8:13:04 AM

I couldn't agree more. Only paper towel I will use. I have grown particularly fond of the "select a size".

Posted by: tamra | Dec 14, 2013 3:20:07 AM

Odd that Viva are the only paper towels used to clean precision optical equipment...

Posted by: Scotty | Dec 14, 2013 12:13:30 AM

I just learned a new word: yoctosecond.

Posted by: Lorelei | Dec 13, 2013 8:24:08 PM

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