Your Wood Floors Are Better Off Dirty!

As you know, we review a lot of baby products here at RatedByMom. But that’s not all we do! Our goal is to help parents buy the right product the first time. We not only want to help you shop smarter by saving you money but saving you time as well. As moms, we are busy and there is nothing worse than wasting time on a bad product.

You know us, we won’t just blow sunshine at you either. If you just want to hear that everything is wonderful about everything blah blah blah, then I suggest visiting another blog. If you want the truth about the product, you’ve come to the right place. Sometimes products are great and we’ll let you know that. Sometimes we make products mad by exposing their inadequacies. Hey, maybe they should work better, right?

That brings me to my review today. First, I want to say that I am one of the only people I know that does not have a cleaning service. No joke. Neighbors, friends, family members all have them. No matter how big or small their house is, how much money they make or even how many kids they have (some have no kids!), they all have their houses cleaned by someone else. Am I jealous? You betcha! I obviously don’t have my priorities in check and maybe if I cut back on the Starbucks Grande Java Chip Frappachino Lites, I could not only possibly lose 10 lbs but use that money to put towards a cleaning crew. I know what you are saying- “not everyone has a cleaning crew, Hollie”. Oh, but they do, my friend. I stood in my driveway today with my jaw hanging open as a team (team =5) of cleaning ladies sporting matching uniforms similar to what cleaning ladies wear in a hotel came marching out of my neighbor’s house with buckets, mops and cleaning supplies in hand. What?!?!? I’m sorry, one of those parents doesn’t even work AND they only have one kid! Really?!? But I digress.

So, it’s cleaning night in the Schultz household. Translation: I clean while the three tornados around me mess it up at the same time. Ala tornado-style, my kids pick up everything in their path and drop it where ever they feel like it. Yeah, they are a joy to clean up after. I’m going to be honest, my house is big. It takes a long time to clean. Hence, the supreme jealousy of people with a cleaning service. When it’s time to clean the wood floor, I lovingly shove all three kids and the hubby outside to play. There is quite a bit of wood floor to clean and I’m not having them mess it up before I’m done.

Enter Pledge Floor Care 4-in-1 Wood Cleaner. It’s new. Well, new to me. I picked it up during my last shopping trip when Walmart was out of my usual wood floor cleaning product. It says “Johnsons Commercial Line” on the bottle. It’s gotta work great, right? It claims to clean, shine, restore and protect my wood floor. The bottle claims that it “reveals natural shine, safely removes dirt and grime and no dulling residue.“ Hmmm…I like Pledge I’ll try it out, I thought.

After spending 45 minutes with the Pledge Floor Care, what’s my advice? Don’t use it! Seriously, don’t use it. Now, I’m not mad about wasting the $5 that I spent on the big bottle. It’s the 45 minutes that I will never get back. Do you know what I can do with 45 minutes?

So, what went wrong? Here’s how it went down. I followed the directions. I lightly misted the formula directly from the bottle onto the floor and cleaned it up with a damp mop. All seemed to be going well. It was cleaning the floor well. It was drying quickly. All seemed good. Just to make sure the floor completely dried before letting the tornados in the house, we went to get pizza. Hey, it’s cleaning night…give me a break! The floor sat untouched for an hour and half. This was not necessary according to the bottle though. This is a cleaner NOT a “refinisher”. We get back from grabbing pizza and resumed our regular traffic on the wood floor. This is when my heart sank. The Pledge leaves a slight film on the floor that every single footprint shows up. Bare feet. Socks. Shoes. It doesn’t matter. Footprints EVERYWHERE! My floor looked better dirty than it does cleaned with Pledge Floor Cleaner littered with footprints. Now, when I am finished with this post, I have to go back to the store, find another cleaner, and redo my floor since I have company coming tomorrow. That is going to take at least an hour and a half. Add that to the 45 minutes I already spent cleaning with the Pledge and that leaves me saying BOOOOOOOOOO Pledge Floor Care.

Seriously, don’t do it. You will never get the wasted time back. Maybe I should just get a cleaning crew?