"It's Actually More Efficient Than a Mop"5.0 starson by Jimmy Kimmy
Pros: vacuuming, washing, scrubbing, suctioning
Cons: can take a bit of time
Summary: When you take your first look at the Scooba, it doesn't look like it'll do the job. How could something so small and unimposing do the job better than a person with a mop? Well, it might take a little more time, but it will do an even better job -- only without much effort on your part.
First, it's a vacuum. Just like its cousin, the Roomba, the Scooba sucks up all the dirt and crumbs, etc., that it encounters. This already is more efficient than a person with a mop. Mops don't do anything with dirt and crumbs except push them around. Once the vacuuming is done, the Scooba squirts its own specially formulated Clorox cleaning solution onto the floor (however, you do have the option of using just water if you feel like your floors need to be treated very gently). Then the brushes at the bottom of the Scooba do the scrubbing work -- again, this is pretty gentle compared to the way a person can damage a floor by scrubbing it too hard.
The last part is what makes the Scooba much more efficient than a person with a mop. If you were mopping your floor, you'd have to leave now and wait for the floor to dry. What would you have accomplished? The same dirt and grime would be there after the floor dried; all you'd have done is spread it out over the entire surface area. The Scooba is really different in that it sucks up the now-dirty cleaning solution into its tank, and so the dirt and grime are completely removed from your floor, which is what you really wanted in the first place. All you have to do is empty the dirty solution from the tank into a sink. You'll see the solution is pretty brown at this point; that's the dirt and grime that have been on your floor all this time.
What's most impressive is that it does all four of these steps -- vacuuming, washing, scrubbing, and suctioning -- in one pass over the floor. It might take a little bit longer for the Scooba to cover an entire area, but in the end your floors are much cleaner than before, all while you were relaxing or doing something else.