Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The World of the Mop

Mopping...who knew it could be so complicated? Since I live in a dusty and muddy jungle, I need to mop quite a bit. I don't think I have ever done it the same way twice. The "mop" device is not really a mop. I have seen an actual mop here, and I have no use for it. Our mop is a squeegee thing like what you use to wipe your windows at a gas station, only bigger. You can put a rag on the end. Or not. You can get the rag wet in the bucket or splash water on the floor or just pour water on the floor. You can use detergent type soap, just water, or bleach. You can mop once with an almost dry rag or three times (or more!) with a soaking floor. You choose! I kind of like this freedom.

Yesterday, I had the most fun I have ever had mopping. I just dumped water on my bedroom floor, sprinkled the soap around, and slip-slided around with the mop on my red concrete floor. Then I dumped unsoapy (kind of) water on top and used the mop thing without a rag to pull the water to the bathroom drain and outside door. I am suprised I didn't end up flat on my face, but it was so fun! I could hardly stand up it was so slippery! Meanwhile there was a fire on the hill, as one of our neighbors was clearing his land the fast way. It was super close, so there was smoke in my lungs and ash in the air. I closed the window, making a kind of smoky, really humid room! But man, that floor looks good! Who would have guessed mopping would be a highlight?


Jenn said...

This makes me think of Pippi Longstocking ... cleaning her floor by wearing scrub brushes like skates and sliding around the room! Hope you're doing well, hon!

Charlotte said...

Oooohhh! I am so glad you wrote about this! I have been wondering about the "new way to mop." Wish I could have been there to slip 'n slide your floor clean with you. :)