On this episode of the official Ask a Clean Person podcast, Adam Clark Estes of Gizmodo joined me to talk about our mutual hatred of those blasted Swiffers. Back in July, Adam wrote a wonderful post entitled “Stop Swiffering,” so I asked him to come hang out in the studio to talk some trash about you-know-what and discuss other methods of keeping your floors clean.

After we explored the whys and wherefores of our disdain for Swiffers, Adam and I talked about our Dyson vacuum cleaners—both the good and the bad. We also recommended some lower-priced vacuum options to an AaCP reader/listener, some of which Adam included in his screed about Swiffers, which I shall quote from:

But you don’t necessarily need to buy an expensive Dyson product, either. More conservatively priced alternatives include the Hoover Linx ($130), the Shark Navigator ($100), and the very Dyson-like Shark Rocket ($190). Any of those options would pay for itself in a few months, though I can’t vouch for their capabilities on bare floors. You could also just buy a broom and mop or just get on your hands and knees and scrub the deck with a rag, like Cinderella.

It’s also worth mentioning that the folks over at The Sweethome also recommend the Shark Navigator—the Navigator Lift-Away NV352 is their pick for the best cheap vacuum.

We also answered a question about how to care for hardwood floors, but you’ll have to listen to the episode for that advice! Which is a thing you can do here or over at iTunes, where you can also subscribe.

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