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Barbara Staib, President of Safe Home Products, is an expert on child safety, emergency preparedness, pet training and even pest control. She has personally helped thousands of customers since SHP started in 1999. Here you can find Q&A with Barbara to foster safer, healthier and simpler living.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

BonaKemi Commercial Floor Mop with Disposable Pads or Microfiber Pads

Question about the Product BonaKemi Hard Surface 24 Inch Commercial Floor Mop Kit.

Q: "We have a computer store in a strip mall in a Pittsburgh suburb.Despite floor mats at the door, dirt gets tracked in by our customers. We have a cleaning company come once a week but the floor often needs cleaned every day. Do you think this mop kit would be a good choice for a fast floor cleaning? We don't want to deal with taking mop covers home to launder them." Thanks. Lynn.

Answer: I recommend this commercial floor mop kit for quick cleaning of larger areas. With a 24 inch mop head and disposable covers, this mop cleans quickly and no one has to launder grimy covers. In this mop kit, you also get 25 disposable covers, a sturdy telescoping handle and a 32 ounce spray bottle of commercial hard surface floor cleaner, also from BonaKemi. Additional packages of disposable covers are available in packages of 50 or cases of 300. For those of you who have laundry facilities available, I recommend the Dust Mop Covers and the Microfiber Wet Mop Covers that can be washed and dried hundreds of times.

We also sell concentrated commercial hard wood cleaner and concentrated commercial hard surface cleaner in gallons. That dilutes 8 parts water to 1 part cleaner so you can easily refill the spray bottle and reuse about 36 times. If you have hardwood, select the commercial mop kit with hardwood cleaner instead of the hard surface cleaner.

Thanks for your question.
Sincerely, Barbara

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Can I Apply Bona Kemi Floor Cleaner with a Dust Mop?

Question about 32 oz. Spray Bona-X LAMINATE HARD SURFACE Floor Cleaner.

Q: "Dear safehomeproducts, Can I use this cleaner with just a regular dust mop? Or does it have to be a special type of covering for the mop? What I do now is spray the cleaner, damp the mop, and mop away......afterwards, I remove the cloth from the mop and throw it in the washing machine. Thanks Andrea"

Answer: I do not recommend using a regular dust mop for two reasons. First, if it is acrylic yarn, dirt, particles of food, grit, etc can get caught up in the yarn and cause scratches on the floor.

We recommend that you vacuum, sweep the floor with a soft broom or dust with a clean dust mop. We sell dust mop covers that are made of microfiber and release the particles when they are laundered. The two flat knit microfiber covers are from Bona Kemi and from Sh-mop, blue one and a yellow one. There is also a longer fibered white microfiber cover that fits the Microplus mop.

Then use a cotton covered Sh-Mop, microfiber covered Bona Mop or Micro-Plus mop and actually clean the floor. That way you will have a shining floor and avoid scratches. As the covers get soiled, replace them with clean ones. Then launder in the washing machine. Both types of fabric both grab the dirt into the fibers and release all the particles, etc. in the wash.

Remember that this Bona floor cleaner is great to clean your formica, stone or other sealed surfaces, too.

Thanks for your question.
Sincerely, Barbara

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Do you sell covers for a mop bought at Wal-Mart?

Subject: Question about the product Product Code: =ES-SH-002A
Q:"refill for mop head 4 inches wide and 15 inches long It uses velcro for fastening I cannot find this refill in Wal-Mart where I bought the mop. Please send price list and information on where I can obtain these. "=Maxine

Answer: Maxine, we sell the Bona Kemi brand microfiber mop refill pads for all mops 4 x 15 inches that use the velcro type fastening. Bona recently changed the fiber to a twist fiber so that the mop moves more easily whether you use it wet or dry. We also sell the white long strand microfiber dusting covers by Starfiber that also velcro on and off.

Pricing varies according to our promotions and quantities you buy. Please look at our website for current pricing.

Thanks again for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Sunday, October 28, 2001

Which Dust Mop Covers are Best for My Needs?

Q: "I wish to purchase a Sh-Mop and several accessories from your company. I would like more information about the Sh-Duster dusting covers and the microfiber mop covers. I have read and understand that one is a yarn-duster and the other is similar to a Swiffer, but what is the functional difference between the two? What aspect of these two items would make one a better choice than the other for a consumer? Thank you for your assistance with this. I look forward to a speedy reply because my dust bunnies are about to revolt. Thanks. Karen"

Answer: The yellow duster cover is long strands of acrylic yarn that can get into corners. The Sh-Micro is more like a Swiffer as is the Bona full sized microfiber cover as they have a static charge as long as you don't use fabric softener. The cotton Sh-Duster won't attract as much of the finer grit but will wash cleaner as cotton lets go of dust and particles more easily than the acrylic.

The cotton Sh-Duster works well wet if you have grooves in tile. You can use the Bona microfiber covers or the Sh-Micro cover wet or dry. Both are woven so they will move well across flooring if it is wet or dry.

Comment from Customer: "Thanks for such a prompt reply! I think I will order the yarn mop for everyday collection of the dust-bunnies (actually, they are dust-beagles, and quite large) and get the micro-fiber cloth cover for thorough dust removal before damp mopping. Does this sound reasonable based on your experience? I have hardwood floors all over my house. I noticed the dustmop comes in both cotton and synthetic fibers. Is there a reason to select one over the other? Thanks again,Karen. P.S. I checked many sites and yours had the best prices by far. It was also one of the more professional-looking sites."

Answer: As I mentioned before, I think the acrylic is better at grabbing the bunnies but the cotton will wash "out" better. For hardwood, I'd probably go with the acrylic.Thanks for the compliments. We try to have it be a practical user-friendly site. Barbara

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