By relocating the laundry area to another level of the townhouse, removing the wall between the spaces, and expanding the range wall by removing a broom closet, additional space was created for the kitchen.

I spent nearly an hour on the phone with Ron Wright, who has spent the past 25 years as CEO of WrightCo Environmental Services, a consulting and custodial-training firm that exclusively serves the child-care industry. An expert on sanitation and sterilization best practices, he offered deep insight on mop styles, proper mopping techniques, and methods of minimizing cross-contamination when cleaning kitchens and bathrooms. I found Ron through my own reporting, but was gratified when I later reached out to ACE New York, a highly regarded nonprofit that trains formerly homeless people for custodial jobs: They suggested I contact one of their best training partners—Ron Wright.

Next, I pitted them against two sugary spills—a quarter-cup of Coca-Cola (which I allowed to dry for 30 minutes to a gummy consistency), and the same amount of pomegranate juice—on our engineered-hardwood floors. I scrubbed the soda with the mops damp with cold slush-water (to see how well they worked when already laden with dirt and water, as they would be during a long mopping job). On the juice, I used the mops soaked and wrung out using clean hot water (as on quick jobs).

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The Joy Mangano Miracle Mop is, like our top pick, a long-handled mop from a well-regarded manufacturer. Beyond that, the comparisons end. It weighs almost 5 pounds wrung out, versus the O-Cedar’s two pounds; its handle is fat and as flexible as a noodle, instead of trim and stiff; its telescoping mechanism is fussy instead of intuitive (you have to lock and unlock the sections with narrow collars that blend visually with the handles). We found its built-in wringer effective but tricky to master (you unlock the wringer, pull the mop strands tight, and twist to wring them out, then reverse the process to start mopping again). And it was the only mop that failed to dry over the course of 36 hours, instead remaining very damp. A reviewer on Home Shopping Network—the main Joy Mangano retailer—sums it up: “Too tall, too clunky, too heavy, awful.” And with just 2.2 stars (out of five) across more than 2,400 HSN reviews, that’s a common opinion.

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The Swiffer Sweeper Mop removes dust, dirt, hair, and allergens from floors and other hard surfaces. The soft, dry cloth creates an electrostatic charge that holds on to dust and dirt like a magnet. When the job is done, simply throw away the cloth—and the dirt with it!

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Mopnado comes with two round microfiber mop heads, but refills are available as the Mopnado Spin Mop Replacement Mop Head (Est. $17 for two). Like the Twist & Shout and O-Cedar EasyWring, the mop head pivots and the handle can lie nearly flat to clean under furniture and in other tight spots. The handle extends up to 56 inches for taller users. While few reviewers call the Mopnado flimsy, some still say they’ve had problems with the bucket handle falling off or the wringer breaking. Others say the bucket is just too heavy when it’s full.

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At this point, we had a consensus leader. So I put it to further tests on a tiled kitchen floor, against basic dirt/splatter/sidewalk-salt issues and against stuck-on food. I then machine-washed and -dried the replaceable mophead twice to test for basic durability (its claimed life is 100 wash/dry cycles). Lastly, I tested it as a dust mop, first with the mophead dry and then lightly dampened with water from a spray bottle.

The purpose of the article is to get your creative juices flowing, not necessarily to have you copy what you see. everyone has an immaculate double car garage to start with. I don’t even have a garage, but a carport and I have done some really cool things there. Be a little more open minded.

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Wright’s advice matches what we heard from Mark Warner of Custodial Management Institute, and what Wirecutter writer Lesley Stockton was taught by an “ancient porter” on her first job as a restaurant cook, as well as what Wirecutter’s Michael Sullivan (another restaurant veteran) was taught by his dad—a Navy man with much experience swabbing decks.

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