Sometimes good old rags and brooms are much more useful than the newfangled gadgets that are filled with household appliances stores. Novate.ru offers to figure out which devices are definitely not worth purchasing for cleaning the house, so that they do not complicate your life.
1. Automatic broom
There is an ordinary broom, which our mothers and grandmothers are used to using, and there is an automatic device, which is a cross between a vacuum cleaner and a mop. Under the body of this rather bulky thing, there are brushes that begin to rotate as soon as you press the corresponding buttons on the handle. There are no wires, the device runs on battery power, so you can safely move from room to room without thinking about where the nearest outlet is. Everything seems to be great, but there are also a number of unpleasant nuances. Firstly, with the help of such a broom, you can remove a limited area, namely, linoleum and tiles. This device is not suitable for carpets, especially for products with a large pile. Secondly, even on linoleum it is not always possible to collect all the garbage - this is a rather laborious process. Thirdly, the device will not be able to crawl under furniture, where the largest amount of dust always collects, and does not collect anything along the walls and in the corners. Therefore, if your goal is automatic cleaning, it is better to use a robot vacuum cleaner. It is much more functional and does everything without your direct participation - you just have to press a button in the application for the vacuum cleaner to start cleaning the apartment.
2. Window cleaner
If you ask the hostesses what they do not like most of all to clean the apartment, they will surely immediately remember about the windows. Washing them usually takes a huge amount of time and effort, and the result is far from always pleasing, because stains may remain. In addition, sometimes you have to lean out of the window to reach remote places. It's one thing if you live on the ground floor. And if on the ninth?
A robotic window cleaner that sticks to the glass and is controlled by a remote control can avoid risks and improve the cleaning result. Cleaning is carried out in several stages: first, the device removes dust and dirt from the surface, then polishes the window, and finally dries it. The washer examines the area consistently, leaving no scratches.
Now let's move on to the cons. You should immediately stock up on a special washing liquid, and this is an additional expense. The device discharges quickly, so you will need to monitor it and not leave it alone for a long time. A round specimen will not cope with dirt in the corners, so you will have to clean it yourself. In addition, a number of washers have restrictions on the minimum thickness of the glass - if it is too thin or old, there is a risk of damaging the window during the cleaning process. It is impractical to buy such a device for an apartment - it will come in handy rather in an office where there are many hard-to-reach glasses. For the home, it makes sense to buy a handheld vacuum cleaner with a battery, which looks like a rubber scraper for a car, but equipped with a suction mechanism. And such a device costs an order of magnitude cheaper.
Surely you have seen many times how the heroes of various films, especially foreign ones, removed dust from furniture, shelves, figurines and other decor using a multi-colored panicle. On the screen, it looks like a very effective tool in the fight against dust. But in real life, it turns out that there is very little sense from the pipidastra. It just kicks dust into the air. Perhaps some of it will remain on the panicle, but the rest of the particles will either return to their original place, or end up in your respiratory tract, which is also not very pleasant. And rinsing the pipidaster is not as easy as it seems at first glance. It is better not to reinvent the wheel, but to use ordinary polish and microfiber rags to collect dust. They have long established themselves as good cleaning assistants.
Now we are talking about the uselessness of not all mops, but only some of its varieties. So, for example, rope and steam will be the most unsuccessful purchases that you will regret after the very first cleaning. The rope pours half a bucket of water onto the floor at once, and then delivers it along with the dirt throughout the apartment. It is only suitable for small quantities of floor coverings and does not penetrate into hard-to-reach areas.
As for the steam room, it could be given a chance, given that it fights mold and mildew, and also does not need to use additional chemicals. However, such a mop leaves a lot of moisture on the floor, which is contraindicated for many floor coverings, such as laminate. In addition, dust and debris quickly adhere to the steamed wet surface, which negates all your efforts. And such a mop will not cope with the wool of pets - you will have to vacuum it well first.
5. Steam cleaner
Many housewives are delighted with such a thing, because it allows you not to use household chemicals to clean surfaces. But there are also disadvantages. For example, the device is not suitable for all surfaces - it leaves streaks on many types of fabric, and in the case of wooden floors, you have to resort to the help of additional attachments. The manual steam cleaner is quite heavy and inconvenient to use, since the water tank does not differ in large displacement. You will have to collect water several times, wait for steam to appear, and at the end also dry out the surfaces that you have treated. As a result, cleaning will last forever. If you are ready to spend so much time tidying up your apartment, you can use it, but believe me - without a steam cleaner, you will finish cleaning much faster.
6. Washing vacuum cleaner
The device is very popular among housewives - it removes dust and stains, purifies and humidifies the air, even effectively fights mold and mildew. However, as usual, there are pitfalls that many do not take into account. So, for example, it is not suitable for use on wooden parquet, some types of laminate, as well as natural carpet, because after cleaning an unpleasant odor appears and the processes of decay of the material start. And if the carpet has a thick pile, you don't even have to try to wash it with a vacuum cleaner - it still won't remove even a tenth of the dirt. And caring for a vacuum cleaner is quite burdensome - it needs to be washed after each cleaning, and given the dimensions of the device, the procedure takes at least a quarter of an hour.
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