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April 8, 2010

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Stephen Treffinger road tests mops


That's right — mops.

True enough, the piece is only of interest to Landliners since no one under 30 has ever used a mop, much less purchased one (with the exception of those whose entry-level jobs were in the fast food industry) but since those are the majority of people still reading the New York Times, where the mop-off results were published on March 18, 2010, it makes sense there, as opposed to occupying pride of place say in The Huffington Post.

But enough small talk, joe: Who won?

Alas, that's where Treffinger dropped the ball.

Even if a comparison contest doesn't yield a clear winner, it's imperative that the article's editor send it back to the writer with the dictum: "Tell us which one you'd use if you could buy only one."

Absent that, you get the "on the one hand, on the other hand" waffling that satisfies no one but the bad mop manufacturers.

Look at the graphic up top (which accompanied the article), read the story, and then tell you tell me which one Treffinger thought was best.

Choosing seven favorites out of 15 tested, as Treffinger did, simply doesn't pass muster.

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Posted by: Rocketboy | Apr 8, 2010 11:35:21 PM

Mops! My favorite subject.

I've hated every mop I've ever had. Then I discovered Vikan ergoclean. Brilliant engineering, soooo easy to work with! It's kind of pricey (because it's professional cleaning equipment) but cleaning one's floors is a never ending story so you might as well get something decent. Unfortunately I couldn't find a good picture of the whole thing, handle, mop frame & mop. But here's a tiny one:


Posted by: Anna | Apr 8, 2010 5:34:36 PM

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