A while ago we were asked if we wanted to receive for purposes of writing a product review the Mint Automatic Floor Cleaner, which is one of the new robotic type of floor cleaners on the market.
This household electronic product retails for around $250 in several on line and retail stores in the USA. It is used to dust and clean hardwood and tile and linoleum floors.
Knowing that sometimes weekly dusting of the floors in our home doesn’t get done, and that it would be cool to have our own robot in the house, I said ‘yes’.
At first I can be a little bit timid when it comes to technology and something new or something with which I do not have prior experience. However, this is a pretty cool and useful and easy to use product, even for a technophobe like me.
Now, do not start to get images of a human looking robot walking throughout our hope! This floor cleaning product is actually two pieces.
Here is a picture of the Mind Automatic Floor Cleaner itself:
The other component is this Northstar Navigation Cube which helps the Mint floor cleaner find its way around the room.
Now, the setup is really easy; no assembly required. Well, actually there is a little but it is not what I would call ‘assembly’.
First, you charge the Mint’s battery over night as shown above. The charge is said to last up to 3 hours. Don’t worry; that red plastic at the bottom of the unit is simply part of the protection for the unit during shipping.
Then you remove the cleaning pad which is magnetically attached to the underside of Mint robotic floor cleaner. You see how in the above picture showing the underside of the Mint robotic floor cleaner there is a horizontal pad at the top? Well, that is the cleaning pad. The picture below shows the other side of the same cleaning pad once it is removed from the Mint:
Onto the cleaning pad, you then attach the cleaning cloth. The unit comes with two white cleaning cloths to be used for dusting and a gray cleaning cloth which is to be used for mopping (i.e. wet). Both of these can be cleaned by placing it in the clothes washing machine and reused.
Here, we used a Swiffer which can also be used.
With the Mint’s cleaning pad now back into position in the unit, we are now ready to see how it performs on our first test, that of our en suite bathroom. This will be a very good test I think because it has a separate toilet room as well as a double sink vanity under which we never / rarely dust.
Return tomorrow for videos of the Mint in action to see if it actually worked for us both in this bathroom as well as a couple of other tiled flooring tests.
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