My wife was recently sharing a statistic with me regarding the way house-cleaning trends have been changing in regards to gender roles. In a nutshell the results said that more and more men are doing a bulk of the cleaning chores around the house. I was not that surprised by this statistic, as I have always been one to chip in and do my fair share around the house. I vacuum, dust, sweep (or swift as we call it in our house), clean the kitchen and bathroom and on occasion I even do windows.
I would have to say cleaning around the house started when my sister and I were kids.
When we were old enough to help out, my Mom started me off with the vacuuming and my sister the dusting. On occasion I would be asked to empty the dishwasher, help wash some windows and even clean the bathrooms. Eventually when I moved out and got married, my wife and I found ourselves splitting up the cleaning tasks. Of course she’ll be the first to point out that on occasion I need some poking and prodding when it comes to getting started with the cleaning chores.
One of my least favorite things to do is clean the floors.
Taking out the old mop and bucket filled with bleach and water or oil soap just wasn’t my favorite thing to do.
That is until my wife introduced me to the Swiffer line of products.
We started out with the Swiffer dry mop, moved up to the Swiffer wet pads and then eventually to the Swiffer Wet Jet.
First I would dry mop the floors with the Swiffer dry duster mop in order to get up all the dust and crumbs. After that I would put on a wet pad and mop the floors clean getting rid of any dirt and sticky spots.
Recently my wife surprised me with a big green box that had the words Swiffer printed on the side.
It wasn’t difficult to surmise that a new Swiffer product was inside the box. I opened the box and saw the newest Swiffer Wet Jet, with pad and cleaning solution refills. After opening up the Swiffer wet Jet and putting it together I was ready to get the floors clean. I went to work immediately in the kitchen, then the hallway, living room, bedrooms, and finally the bathrooms. It took me all of 10 minutes to clean all of the floors in my house. If that’s not fast I don’t know what is.
After I was done with the floors I noticed that there was another green Swiffer box sitting next to the one my wife gave me earlier.
She suggested that we give this box to my father.
After seeing how easy the new Swiffer Wet Jet made my cleaning chores I was eager to pass this on to my Dad. A couple of days later we met up with my parents and I presented the surprise to my father. At first he wasn’t sure what it was and I’m pretty sure he wasn’t hoping for cleaning products. After he opened it up and realized what it was I could see a little smile come across his face.
My Dad has always been a gadget guy and any new technology even it if was a new way to clean the floors interested him. He was a bit skeptical after I told him that it would cut his cleaning time in half. But several days later he gave me a ring and said, “You know what you were right.”
It’s funny but I never pictured myself discussing cleaning products with my Dad. Yet here we were two grown men going on about how much we liked the Swiffer Wet Jet.
- Swiffer is unveiling its #SwifferDad video to celebrate Dad as a role model for clean, and the positive influence of his “behind the clean” moments with his family.
- To show the hands-on role that dads today play in their home, the brand is debuting a docu-style video from the perspective of those that know dads best – the kids!
- Serving as the video’s creative advisor, Anthony Anderson from “Black-ish” — a hands on dad who cleans the kitchen floors and handles his daughter’s cheerleading carpools — will also serve as the campaign’s team captain.
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