The one I got was green – it was horribly stiff and the corn bristles were very thick. A good number of individual bristles were bent over and twisted. This is not a good old fashioned broom. I have an old whisk broom from 20 or more years ago so have it to compare to and this is NOT an old time corn whisk broom. If you look at the photo of my old and almost out of commission one – you can see the color difference and the size of the bristles. It really makes a difference in how well it sweeps.

After you plug in and turn on a steam mop, you must wait for the appliance to heat up and start producing steam. For the most efficient cleaning, choose a mop with a short heat-up time. A steam mop can take anywhere from 30 seconds to four or five minutes to heat up.

From hangers for your garden tools to adding a splash of color to brighten up your dull garage, we have just the tips that will make organizing and cleaning that area a joy and something that you will want to brag about when you are finished.

“I had to write a review on this because I love it so much. This steam mop is simple. Everything about it is simple. There are no bells and whistles, but that is what makes it so easy to use. The mop pad attaches with Velcro, so no way that can malfunction. I have had others where I had to tuck it, and it wouldn’t push smoothly afterward. You plug it in and it turns on automatically, all you have to do is push down on the handle for the mop to steam. I like this because I don’t have to hold down any buttons, it comes naturally, while pushing the mop, to push it downward. This steam mop cleans really well; I’m very impressed by how well. I was surprised that it cleaned up a day-old jelly stain with ease. I like that I can remove the mop pad and toss it in my washer, rather than having to buy replacements. I like that it’s lightweight and quiet. Overall, I am really pleased with this steam mop.”

Garage Tips: Just use one nail in the brace where it sits against the stud in the wall so you can pivot the brace up and down until you can nail it at the outer end. Then, when your are satisfied with the alignment, add an extra nail to the brace at the wall stud and the stake in the earth.

In addition to looking at what the experts had to say, we evaluated thousands of owner reviews to find out how the steam mops ranked in real-world performance. This is particularly helpful in finding out if users experiences in things like ease-of-use and drying time matches up with the experts’ relatively short term tests. Even more important, user reviews offer a great window into a product’s long term durability and the responsiveness of a manufacturer’s customer service department when there is a problem. All of these factors were taken into account when making our recommendations for the top steam mops.

For effective use of space, hang your tools and supplies against the wall. Use a simple wall organizer for smaller items. You may also build pegboard for storage. Another good way to organize your items is to simply hang your tools on a trellis or pegs rails.

We have a garage with walls like yours. We are thinking about getting that peg board and putting that up on the walls. You then would get hooks that would fit into the holes and you can hang up your things on them.

Before I purchased the shark steam mop, I read other people’s comments and reviews to help me to decide if spending the thirty-nine dollars would really be a wise choice for a MOP! I went back and forth deciding yes to get one and then no -it’s just a mop. The pros won out and I purchased the mop. Well, after two weeks of heavy use, I can honestly say that I am very pleased with the purchase of this mop. As odd as this sounds, it really does cut down the time I spend actually cleaning my floors. I have a large amount of tile to clean and one of the best features of using this mop is the fast drying time. I also have linoleum flooring and was very pleased at how the old floor looked when I use the Shark mop on it. The assembly is super easy. As I do have a lot of floor to mop, the next step/size up would be beneficial but the the ease of refilling the tank once really outweighs the need for the larger shark. Would I spend this much on a mop again? Yes, this product did deliver on its promise.

On a pair of pencil marks between two sets of handles, drill pilot holes (be sure to switch to a smaller bit first) for the spring-clip fasteners, and twist in the screws. Now find a nice spot for your rack, install it using the proper hanging hardware for the wall type, and start organizing your garden tools.

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During World War II, American submarine crews would hoist a broom onto their boat’s fore-truck when returning to port to indicate that they had swept the seas clean of enemy shipping.[10] The tradition has been devalued in recent years by submarine crews who fly a broom simply when returning from their boat’s shake-down cruise. This tradition no doubt stems from the action of the Dutch admiral Maarten Tromp who tied a broom to his main mast after defeating the British admiral Robert Blake at the Battle of Dungeness in 1652. This has often been interpreted as a message that he would sweep the British from the seas. This story remains unsubstantiated,[11] but may have its origin in the tradition of hoisting a broom as a sign that a ship was for sale, which seems more likely as Tromp had captured two of Blake’s ships in the battle.[12]

I am very big on reviews. I always try hard to read them before buying something that I think is of value…and even before visiting places (restaurants, salons, etc). However, I did not get a chance to read the reviews on this product because it was a spur of the moment purchase while I was already in the store. Lesson learned. Two months ago, I bought a cheaper $33 steam mop from the regular mops/swiffer/cleaning supplies section. It is the Quickie HomePro Steam Mop…which I prefer if you just need very basic cleaning. I was surprised at how easily it cleaned the floor. (I had just moved in and my kitchen tile floors were disgusting.) This mop worked wonders. HOWEVER, I went to clean under the floor cabinets and the mop hit the bottom of the cabinets and broke with ease. So of course I was upset that something could break so easily. It was almost like a cheap toy. Nevertheless…the half of the floor that I did clean was SPOTLESS. I figured if I paid a little bit more that I would alevite the cheap aspect and still have spotless floors. I went over to the actual vacuum section this time. MISTAKE! This mop literally did nothing. I could have scrubbed the floors with my hands and it a better job. I went over the floors 3 times…and once with Pine-Sol. Still nothing. I am shocked that it is even being advertised as such. Maybe it should be labeled as a fancier version of a swiffer wet jet…but even that does more than this. For those that appreciate these reviews as much as I do…this will definitely be going back tomorrow and I will NOT be purchasing anymore Shark products. *Oh and just for those wondering how dirty my kitchen floor was…I mean dirty as in…footprints from walking outside in the rain in sneakers and walking back in. That is NOT so dirty that this mop shouldn’t work. I hope this helps.

The machine operates on five steam levels, and has a long lance that enabled us to reach a whopping 9-feet off the ground in our tests. If you’ve got hard-to-reach windows or a conservatory, it’s a life-saver.

Our own testing confirmed that these products have the potential to damage floors. Every single steam mop tested, on all settings, left behind a good amount of water on the floor. Flooring maker Armstrong plainly prohibits against using water (let alone steam) to clean any hardwood flooring, as does TrafficMaster, Anderson, Bellawood, Heritage Mill, and many others. The steam itself combines moisture and heat, which can break down the adhesive holding engineered pieces together, causing floors to swell and buckle. The heat can discolor and damage even seemingly impervious materials, like vinyl—testing two steam mops for a few minutes on the stick-on vinyl floor in my laundry room caused cloudlike white spots to form.

While the Steamfast SF-370WH Multi-Purpose Steam took nearly five minutes to heat up, it had the largest tank capacity by far, holding approximately 976 ml more than the other models. The other finalists all heated up in half a minute, but only had a 400-500 ml capacity. The O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop was the fastest to heat up, ready to go in only 20 seconds.

I still had all the small tools to deal with and decided to make use of some of the space between the studs on the exterior wall.  I cut a scrap of wood to serve as a face plate and, to the back, I attached some of the smaller PVC rings left from cutting. We had always used this space for the hand tools but they slid down and got lost in the darkness. My goal was to create a grid that would hold them in place. Here are the rings attached to the back side of the board. The spaces are where the studs will be.

PVC slatwall panels are a great way to maximize the storage space in your garage. Our versatile slatwall system can be configured to organize tools, cleaning supplies, and sporting equipment – anything that needs to be put away can be stored on the wall.

You can find tracks with hooks on them at your local hardware store and these are great for organizing the garage. Just hang the track on the wall and the hooks store all sorts of things. They are easily changeable, too so you can keep things organized no matter what the season. Via: Maryorganizes – Garage Organization for Real Families

The cat bins are a great idea. We grow on a roof so we don’t have a shed or any in door space for storage (I wish!), so we’ve been using tough containers that last well with the weather and keeping water out.

“I’m very happy with this steam mop. It’s very basic, but gets the job done. Make sure to order a few extra washable pads: The mop only comes with one, and I usually use two or three a week. My primary concern when I ordered the Shark Light & Easy Steam Mop, was that it would be flimsy. The stem is rather flexible, and I occasionally worry that it’s going to snap, nevertheless, I am pretty aggressive when I mop, and nothing has happened thus far.”

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A garage is an optimal place to organize and store not only garage gear but also off-season belongings. This space recruits a variety of storage options, such as a freestanding shelving unit to hold things like cleaning supplies and dog food and a pegboard for tools to maintain a sense of order. A wooden shelf was installed over the door to tuck away seasonal supplies.

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Can a gardener have too many trowels? Trowels are hand shovels. Useful tools for those down on your hands and knees digging and planting tasks that require a greater degree of precision than a shovel or spade. They come in handy for planting bulbs, transplanting seedlings, turning over soil, and weeding small areas between plants. Trowel blades come in several widths. Narrow blades work well for digging in hard-packed soil, while wide blades have the capacity to move more dirt quickly. A good trowel will have a solid steel blade and a handle with a comfortable grip.