As Toolmongers, you don’t buy the set of chisels with technicolor handles that come in a set marked “good for homeowners,” do you? You buy the ones the pros use, that’ll work wonderfully (at least to the extent of your own experience and talent) and’ll last a lifetime. Why not apply the same thinking to cleanup?
Pros — who clean up after-party messes like yours every time a touring act visits the local mega-plex — don’t use a car-wash bucket with their mop; they use a dedicated wringer bucket like the one pictured above. You can have your own starting at around $75.
You have lots of options, but we’ve had good luck with Rubbermaid’s commercial models — usually labelled “Brute” just like your favorite shop trash cans. Regardless of what bells and whistles you choose, you should start with the basics: a rolling unit with a side-press wringer.
If you want to get really fancy, pick up a dual-water version, which has separate tanks for clean and dirty water. One of my Miata’s leaks like a sieve — that’s a project for this year — which means that with a single bucket I’m in for at least two water changes just to keep from spreading oil all over the floor. The dual-water bucket means just one change. Nice.
If you need one of these in a major hurry — can’t imagine why — you can find them at most Sam’s Clubs.
And hey, if anyone laughs at your bright-yellow piece of commercial cleaning gear — just be sure and hold the party at their place next year.