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My Secret To Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Monday, November 25, 2013

I'm not sure if you know this about me, but I'm a bit of a neatnik.  Honestly, I feel like I cannot fully relax unless the house is clean.  Housework has never really bothered me as long as there is time to do it.  However, lately I've had a full plate with work and very little time for cleaning.  Add the holiday madness to the mix and housework seems further out of reach.  When it comes to cleaning house, floors are my first focus.  With guys who forget to remove their dirty shoes, a dog, and leaves falling from the trees outside, you can just imagine what it looks like around here at times.

Que the music because you are about to meet my new best friend.  "She's a brick house...she's mighty mighty"



This is Rosie.  She is a robot.  A mighty, might one.  Her official name is Braava iRobot 380t.  I believe she actually has a soul.  She might possibly be my long lost sister.  You think I'm kidding don't you? Allow me to explain...


When my iRobot arrived in the mail, I was slightly skeptical.  I mean, how could a little machine possible clean a floor...to my standards?  My iRobot Braava 380t floor mopping robot dry or damp mops virtually any hard surface with disposable or reusable microfiber cleaning cloths.  How? Rosie has a GPS device inside that keeps track of where she's been and she doesn't stop until the entire room has been swept/mopped.  This includes rooms with lots of furniture legs.  Once she is finished, she returns to the spot where she started and powers down.  It really is amazing.



I love that my helper can mop!  Once the floor has been swept, all you do is fill the water tank, apply the dampened cloth, turn her on, and watch her go.  We have wood floors and try to be careful when it comes to mopping.  The Robot floor cleaner only releases a small amount of water periodically so that there is enough to clean the floors, but not so much that the floors are saturated.  Brilliant!  See how clean the dining room is?


Mattie Gray has adjusted to Rosie.  At first she would follow it around and when our robot would turn she would bow down and start barking playfully.  I think she also senses that Rosie is a kindred spirit.  They are friends now, but Mattie Gray never turns her back when Rosie is at work.



The Braava 380t retails for $299.99 and is available for purchase on the iRobot website and also at major retailers.

So tell me, what would you rather be doing besides cleaning the floor?

This post is sponsored by iRobot.

16 comments:

  1. I want! Your floors look like you could serve dinner off of them! Would it be right to buy one for my husband's Christmas present? Betta not... ;)

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  2. Dear Rene, congrats on your new best friend *smiles*...
    I would love the Roomba that both vaccuums AND cleans as those chores are very hard for my fysically due to a bad back... Do you have any experience with the vaccuum robot by any chance?
    Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day.
    Millie :)

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    1. Millie, I only have experience with the sweeper/mopper, but am pleasantly surprised.

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  3. I have that same robot and named her Rosie, too! She complements my other minion (Roomba) Kevin nicely. They make quite the pair!

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  4. Can you see how GREEN I am with envy?! I've SO wanted one of these!! Sigh.

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  5. I love the nod to The Jetsons. Rosie seems like a pleasure to have around!

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  6. A friend named her Robot Rosie too. I wait till I can't stand it and call in Lorena with her tools and stays about four hours.....since I hate to do housework and rather eat beans for a month...LOL

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  7. I've always wondered if those things really work. I'd love one to clean my dining room floor right now.

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  8. Does she move from room to room or stay in one area? What about an open stairway - does she have the ability to stop before falling?

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    1. There is a homing device that anchors the unit so that is stays in the room until it is finished. Really cool!

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  9. I have always wanted the vacuum system and the newest model is $700. Ouch! But I WILL have one someday! Now off to vacuum - seriously.

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  10. that is so awesome!! I've always wondered how effective there are...maybe i'll have to ask santa for one!

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  11. Great review, Rene! I could use one of these right about now!

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  12. I love how you decorate! Thanks for sharing the colors you use.

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  13. My husband bought one for me. Best. Present. Ever :)

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