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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

{Do you know Dutch DWEILEN for Mopping up Water?}

When we had the Flash Flood problems we were using 17 Dutch style DWEILEN for mopping up the ground water that came in our basement. Besides the two wet vacs that we ran all the time. What a job. I ended up ordering 6 more of these Dutch Witte Dweilen, from Michigan's VanderVeen's also called: The Dutch Store. Just click on both links and you also might want to get their Dutch Chocolate Letters in time for the holiday season.
From Albert Heijn
A 50 x 60 cm DWEIL in white cotton...
It is woven such that it has a high absorption of water.
The way I use this is with a squeegee that I place over the wet 'dweil'. This one is dry, just for demonstrating on our balcony.
Next you turn the 'dweil' over the squeegee  and now you can move over your tiles.
I do this with a wet 'dweil' then I rinse it out and wring it dry and go over the same spot again for drying it off.
Those cotton dweilen (plural for dweil) I throw into my Miele washer and they get laundered on 170°F for cleaning and disinfecting them for the next use. This is a very hygienic way of mopping floors.

34 comments:

  1. i know that you had MUCH use out of them this summer!

    i hope you are doing well...

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      Oh my, DID we use those!
      Yes thank you I am making steady progress.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. I hope that every thing is fine with you.
    We simply used a sump pump when our basement flooded. It was the after math that gave us a lot of problems.

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    1. Dearest Munir,
      No we did not use a sump pump but the water kept coming up through the tiles, from very high ground water... We had so many flash flood warnings in our regions. There were others that had problems too. We had no damage thank goodness!
      I will contact you.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Dearest Mariette;
    Oh, yes!!! You must have much use of them this summer. I would have to use the normal towels and squeeze off the water by hands, p;)
    Take care of yourselves, my friend.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Orchid,
      Oh, Pieter did throw in one old towel but to wring that was so rough on my hands. I prefer these very thick and thirsty and soft cloth though.
      Yes, I am taking care of myself; don't worry sweet friend!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. you never cease to amaze me with your knowledge about products (and plants, and other Countries...). We use similar products in Italy, but here it's hard to find them. Thanks for the links

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    1. Dearest Daniela,
      Oh, I do know the Dutch and Italian similarities from living and working in Italy. Glad I could give you this link. You might find other items that you miss as well.
      After 30 years I still favor these and even more so for they can be laundered hot so they are sterile for the next use.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Dear Mariette,
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful towels with us and for sharing the links. I am sorry for the circumstances, but I appreciate the tips on keeping the floors dry. Hopefully you won't need to use them for the same purpose any time soon! Hugs xoxo
    Karen

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      This is such a proven way of doing an easy job and thoroughly too. Glad I could pass those links on. Indeed, I plan on slowly wearing these and not having to use again 17 at a time. Gee, that was such an effort! But they are soft to the hands; I never use gloves but no damage whatsoever.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Dearest Mariette,
    yes, I know them .. we often go to Albert Heijn ;O) We have a AH Shop not very far from us ;O)
    Have a wonderful day, take care!
    Love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      For that I envy you... Albert Heijn is SUPER! We don't have one here but still can get the products.
      Thanks for your well wishes, day by day is better!
      Love and hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  7. Liebe Mariette,

    ein Zeichen meines Denkens an dich.

    Alles Gute
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Danke sehr für deine Gedanken!
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  8. Tehy are the best . Ik gaa ze alltijd koopen als ik in de Nederlande ben .
    ( Ze zijn me well bekennt door onze jaaren in de Nederlande .
    Beste groetjes ,
    Christine

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    1. Liebe Christine,
      Ja, wenn man dort gelebt hat dann kennt man sie schon.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  9. Dat is grappig dat je al die Hollandse producten daar kan krijgen. Kan me voorstellen dat je soms een onbedwingbare behoefte krijgt aan drop of chocolade, maar had nooit verwacht dat je er ook dweilen kon bestellen! Ik had ze gelukkig niet nodig afgelopen weekend, want we kregen een gigantische hoeveelheid regen hier en veel mensen hadden ondergelopen kelders.
    Groeten, Marianne

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Nee hoor die behoefte aan drop of chocolade heb ik nooit gekend. Maak meestal zelf mijn chocolade; puur en zonder toevoeging van suiker vanwege mijn diabetes type II. Ja, je moet je bedenken dat zo'n beetje een op de 12 amerikanen van nederlandse afkomst zijn. Wij waren ook de éérsten die er onze coloniën hadden! Dus er is een enorme schat aan nederlandse cultuur blijven hangen. Er zijn tal van importeurs die de hele range nog overbrengen voor de liefhebber. Al onze vrienden zijn wèl verliefd op de nederlandse chocolade letters! Dus die bestel ik wel altijd. Deze dweilen waren gewoon pure noodzaak en ze zijn zo lekker zacht in de hand.
      Ja, ja ondergelopen kelders is ook niet leuk! Hier was het uitzondering vanwege flash floods door de tropische regenbuien die maar niet stopten. Dus het grondwater steeg en kwam dóór de tegels naar boven. Dus dat werd wringen geblazen!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  10. I hope you never have to mop all that water up, ever again.
    Hugs

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      Oh I don't mind mopping my floors weekly but I do pray that there will never be a repeat from past summer!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Liebe Mariette ,ich hoffe es geht dir wieder besser .Mach langsam und erhole dich gut !!!Grüßle Ina

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    1. Liebe Ina,
      Ja es geht jeden Tag schon etwas besser. Geduld ist hier das Stichwort!
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  12. It's very nice to have mops with high absoption, especially when you get lots of water coming in. Luckily, we have not had flood around here so far. When I clean hard floor, and it's just kitchen, bathroom and entrance area only, I usually use paper towel or regular towel. Get down on my knees and wipe. I rarely use mop..don't know why :-)

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Oh, a towel will work fine but is a lot harder on your skin, for wringing out. I don't buy any of the mops on a stick as these cannot be laundered the way I prefer to disinfect mine after each use.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Liebe Mariette,
    ich kenne diese Aufwischhilfe vom Hörensagen. Sie tut gute Dienste.
    Mach es dir so leicht wie eben möglich. du hast so viel Arbeit.
    Einen schönen Abend wünscht Dir
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Normalerweise ist es ganz rasch um zu wischen und unten mache ich es mit meinem Jemako Gerät und abnehmbare Tücher die ich auch waschen kann. Oben benutze ich diese Bodentücher da die Fliessen sonst mit dem Jemako nicht gehen, viel zu hart... Aber wenn man Wasser in der Wohnung bekommt ist es etwas anderes wenn man vier volle Tagen wischen muss.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  14. Dus een dweil kennen ze daar ook niet?
    Nooit bij stil gestaan, is toch wel een handig ding als je grondwater in je kelder krijgt, net hier elke winter minimaal ook wel eens een keer gebeurt...

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    1. Beste Marian,
      Nee dit blijkt typisch nederlands te zijn, of italiaans... etc.
      Maar zo'n dorstige, zachte en mollige dweil is gewèldig inderdaad.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  15. Hej Mariëtte, is een dweil zo Nederlands dan? Heel vervelend wateroverlast. Een flinke klus om het weer weg te krijgen. Lieve groet,

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    1. Beste Willy,
      Ja een non-stop vier dagen klus was het. We waren echt kapot!
      Een dweil is typisch nederlands, alhoewel in Italië hadden we ze ook.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  16. grazie per i consigli!!!!!! ti abbraccio forte forte Lory

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    1. Cara Lory,
      Sono identico con quale in Italia.
      Abbraccio grande da me e grazie mille!
      Mariette

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  17. Sorry, I did erase a deleted comment by author Michiko, not realizing that her 2nd attempt was a reply to that...
    Here it is:
    Dearest Mariette,
    The Dutch Dwellien worke well to soak the water.You can use the toweling several thies to m make the area clean as you can use the area again.
    The computer sereen that I had before decided to not work anymore.So I bought a new
    screen so I could see all your news and be able be reply to it all.
    How is your eye healing after being bitten by the wasps.Hope everything is well on the mend and is going well.
    Hugs and blessings!
    michiko
    http://michiko--blogpostcom.blogspot.com/

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Guess I do have similar problems with my computer screen... just a matter of time.
      My eye did heal very well. I did leave you a message on Google+ you might want to check there.
      Hugs and blessings.
      Mariette

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