UPDATE: March 23, 2012
After much consideration – and months of in-home testing and scrutinizing – I am convinced that e-cloth® offers a product that is equal in quality and performance to Norwex but is more reasonably priced. I still stand behind my review of the Norwex mop, but the e-cloth® mop performs a wee bit better and is less than half the price. See my detailed comparison/review of the e-cloth® VS Norwex mops here.
In a Nutshell:
This is a 5 star product with a 3 star price tag. It works great but costs a lot. It is easy to use, and picks up dog hair and every miniscule piece of dirt, grit and grime in its way.
How it Works in my Dusty Old House:
Lets be honest, the Norwex mop is expensive! I mean, who in their right mind spends $90 to $120 on a cleaning gadget when you could spend that cash on, hmmm… anything fun and/or tasty instead? Well, after weeks of internal debate, I bought one. Looks like hubby will have to forgo an expensive bottle of scotch for a while, but before you say “whoa, no scotch?!? What were you thinking?”, read on…
My two dogs shed. A LOT. I spend a lot of time sweeping and vacuuming dog hair. Once in a while I pull out my old sponge mop to get the muddy paw prints off the floor – but only right after vacuuming and even then I end up pushing wet clumps of dog hair around. Gross. I hate picking those wet bits up.
I’m NOT a clean freak. I dislike cleaning as much as the next gal. It’s just that every time I turn around, I see a ball of dog hair blow by and it drives me crazy.
Also thanks to our dogs, my floors are constantly covered in tiny bits of grime and grit that they bring in on their paws. Despite our best efforts, we haven’t been able to train them to wipe their paws on the doormat. Actually, it’s like they see the doormat as a bed of hot coals. They come charging in from outside, and race across the mat and stop on the wood floor, RIGHT BESIDE THE MAT. They likely would keep going, but they have to stop and check if coming inside is a “trick” worthy of a treat. Um… no dogs, It’s NOT!
I have become frustrated with my old-fashioned broom. Every time I reach back to sweep, the breeze from the broom sends dog hair flying. When I finally think I’ve got it all, I bring out my trusty dustpan, but the darned thing won’t pick up all the bits of dirt. And lets face it, who wants to bring the vacuum out more than once a week? Nope, not me.
So I started dreaming about the Norwex mop. Little angels and fairies flying around singing angel and fairy songs while I, dressed like Betty Draper, blissfully and effortlessly cleaned up all the hair, dirt and grime with my new Norwex mop. Birds were whistling and I was smiling. How could I NOT buy the mop?
Oh, but the cost. How could I, ever-practical engineer-turned-stay-at-home-mom, justify the expense when we are down to a single income?
I hummed and hawed for weeks before I finally ordered it. It arrived a couple of weeks ago and I’ve got to admit, the darned thing works great! OK, there aren’t fairies and angels singing and my cleaning wardrobe hasn’t changed from comfy pajama pants, fleece sweater and crocs to an elegant dress, pearl choker and fancy flat shoes, BUT I’m cleaning our floors quickly, WITHOUT THE VACUUM. Actually, I haven’t pulled the vacuum out once in three weeks.
I bought the Superior Mop Package, which comes with a plush microfiber dry mop pad and an Antibac wet mop pad. The dry pad picks up every piece of hair and miniscule piece of dirt that it comes in contact with. I use it a few times during the day to pick up hair and bits of food that Zander throws on the floor.
Zander likes to use it as he scoots around on his bum. He seems to be obsessed with sticking it under the couches, which is good by me – one less area to clean. I use the wet pad once every two days or so, immediately after using the dry pad. I am still amazed to NOT find any hair on the wet pad after I’ve used it. Sure, there is the odd hair that the dry pad has missed, but for the most part, the wet pad stays hair-free.
For those of you into pros and cons, here you go:
- no cleaners are needed, which means we aren’t crawling/rolling around in chemicals and our wood and cork floors will stay in tip-top shape
- the dry pad picks up dog hair (well, probably every kind of hair but right now I only care about the dog hair), dust bunnies and the teensiet-tiniest dirt you can imagine. Actually, it picks up a LOT of hair and dirt before you need to shake it off
- you keep the mop head on the floor at all times so there is no “breeze” that will blow hair/dust/dirt away before you get to it
- the dry pad picks up really small pieces of dirt and wipes grime off the floor. I now crawl on our floor with Zander without feeling any grit, which is amazing to me
- the dry mop is better at picking up small grit than our vacuum
- both the dry and wet pads extend out past the ends and sides of the mop base so the pads fold up against baseboards/furniture/backs of stairs
- the wet pad only has to be slightly dampened so the floors dry very quickly afterward and you don’t have to worry about destroying your wood floors
- both mop pads clean off easily and can be used several times before washing them
- you can throw them in your washing machine! This is definitely a bonus over my traditional mop that sits wet for hours/days after using it. God only knows what’s growing in there. Not to mention that sometimes I use the old mop and my floors seem to come out dirtier than they were in the first place.
- it’s lightweight, adjustable and very easy to use
- the handle is long enough that you can use the dry pad to get those pesky cobwebs along the ceiling
- whoo-ee, it’s expensive. But it comes with an excellent warranty and it will last for years. I change the spongy thing on my old mop 4 times a year. Those are $7 each plus 3 bottles of cleaner at $7 each plus at least one 10 pack of vacuum bags (I told you, we have a LOT of dog hair to deal with) at $13. That’s $60/year. Wow, I didn’t realize I was spending that much. Hmmm. So over the lifetime of the Norwex mop, the price isn’t looking that bad. If you’re a Swiffer user, you can add a few bucks onto that total.
- the mop pads are easy to clean, but not quite as easy as dumping a dustpan into the garbage. You can brush the dirt off into the garbage, but our kitchen garbage is kind of small and I usually end up with a lot of dust around rather than in the pail. I usually clean mine outside, which is a bit of a pain (especially if there is a breeze – make sure you’re up wind of the mop!). Norwex also sells a rubber brush which supposedly works great to brush the dirt off. I happen to have a very similar rubber brush that we use for brushing our dogs, made by Kong. It works well. I’ve also used a normal dog brush which does an equally good job.
- the dry mop isn’t great at picking up things like Cheerios or apple seeds and stems. Our dogs get an apple every night after dinner as a treat (maybe they’d get 2 if they would learn to wipe their feet) and despite being Labs that are known to eat EVERYTHING, they do NOT eat apple stems. They do eat seeds, but sometimes they miss one or two; hence apple seeds on our floor. If I move the mop in a figure-eight motion like Norwex suggests, I can keep these things in front of the mop, but they don’t come up with the mop when I lift it to clean it off.
Am I glad I bought the mop? Yes. Would I recommend it for you? Definitely, unless your home is carpeted. I’m not sure carpet and microfiber are a winning combination.
Have something you need to get off your chest about the mop. Be it good, bad or ugly, I’d love to hear your comments.