How to ruin a once great product! Sponge heads are just rubbish.
I had a fabulous 'original' Sabco squeeze sponge mop (4post) for about 20years until I bent/broke the metal handle - seldom had to replace the sponge - the sponges just lasted and lasted and lasted. Last year I replaced the broken mop with the latest Sabco Lightning mops (bought both a regular mop and a wide mop) and they are both just rubbish. It's the replaceable sponges that are SERIOUSLY the issue - I can not believe they are even putting such a faulty design/sponge on the shelves - not fit for use! Consider the mop sponges 'oneuse'/dispos...able as basically after about one or two uses the sponge just separates from the mounting 'frame' -> this is not a 'one off issue - every replacement sponge does the same. (I only use warm water and regular detergent) Another major issue is that the regular sponge refills no longer come with the 4 plastic post screws! I'd already thrown the 'broken' sponge/screws out and now have no screws for the replacement sponge! What? None of the above problems ever happened with the old design - they just lasted and lasted and lasted - why change from the old design?
These used to be a realiy good mop for the price. Now Sabco use a very low density sponge which wears out really quickly.It also lack absorption.Purchased at Woolworths never again
Not perfect, but I can't live without it
I have been using the 4 post mops for more than 40 years. I only changed to a new mop when the green one became available, as my old mop handle became slightly bent from use, and I thought I deserved the new green one. I wish I still had the old one. I still persist despite the poor change in the design of the holes for the posts which, because of perforations, deteriorate and the mop is then useless (everything still perfect except for the holes). I had a new cleaner coming so I puchased an Oates brand mop at the supermarket and the handle squ...eeze broke on the second use. I complained to Sabco a few weeks ago after three failures and was sent a replacement mop. It got lost in the post and was replaced with some additional sponges and cleaning clothes as a bonus. Ths size of the sponge gets into small spaces and the squeeze mechanism is easy to operate even with my arthritic hands. Anna at Sabco chased the missing mop and organised the replacement and was extremely helpful. I would still like the design to return to the non preforated holes, so I don't have to keep throwing out good mops, and contacting Sabco for replacements.
Sponge wont stay on
Purchased this mop and after using it a few times the mop head keeps coming off?? Very frustrating.
I went and purchased new sponge but same thing keeps happening.. think there is a fault with the design..
Problem identified and replaced by Sabco
Was very unhappy with this initial mop, the mediation process was efficient and my previous mop has been deemed not as it should function and has been replaced by Sabco. I am now a satisfied customer.
Mop head just keeps coming off the mop...so frustrating!
Mop head just won't stay on the mop!!! Very frustrating...i can't see anything that I'm supposed to be doing different. Disappointing... seems I have no choice but to go back to a normal mop.
Mop heads always fail
After many packets and many dollars wasted trying to give this product another go, I'm going to have to give up. The replacement sponges fail every time. They either just come unstuck from the plastic and fall right off or don't stay anchored to the mop properly and therefore do not work.
Mop sponge head keeps falling from base of squeeze plate
Just a short time after purchase,the raised click on posts holding the pad onto the base seem to soften and the pad keeps falling from 4 plastic sockets, Not like the old sabcos that had screw on nuts (caps) to keep them fastened. I suggest that the the click on posts do not retain their spring tension AND DO NOT STAY IN THE 4 PLASTIC SOCKETS.
Sabco Lightning Mop SAB30023
The mop doesn't stay in place. I persisted for some time and then also used another new refill. Clicked in, same as previous, however after only one use the sponge keeps popping out of the holes. Useless. Any suggestions?
Purchased in January 2020.
Poor design durability - single use only
Poor design and materials. Not fit for purpose. Each sponge only lasts a single use. Self destructs into bits when used more than once. Suspect that it has been designed to be cheap and nasty.
Purchased in July 2019.
Revamped sponge and attaching
I have to agree with other posts here this new sponge is dreadful. It comes undone while mopping. Useless. The four prong old sponge was not needing replacing. I consider I've wasted money buying a sponge I can't use. I will be looking for an alternate product that works well. So disappointed to even hear the response of just letting old stocks go and then putting this useless sponge on the market. I had a couple of old style as stock in the cupboard so I'm a bit behind the changeover. Shame, shame, shame. Product is rubbish.
Purchased in February 2020.
Still prefer your earlier model
In terms of cleaning your model before the 4 plug latest model was more comfortable to mop my floors and I think a lot lighter. All you needed to squeeze the sponge was to push down and the sponge squeezed from short end to short end. but I have to say did not fully release all the dirty water The sponge was thinner and in my opinion did not last very long perhaps 4 months of washing the floors weekly before changing.
The newer 4 plug mop is easier to change the sponge but the pull up design to squeeze the sponge is cumbersome. Th sponge it...
Absolute garbage - Do not purchase
Mop heads are of extremely low quality - on average they last no longer than one month having been used twice in that time before disintegrating before your very eyes. Garbage.
Purchased in March 2019 for A$16.00.
Your original mop design actually worked!! Why was it changed?
I am absolutely dismayed at the newer designs of your mops. I have used Sabco mops for decades with no problems but the later designs are faulty in that the serrated edges on the inside of the bolt-hole cave in and the nuts go right through causing the sponge to come asunder. Next I purchased a larger 300mm Sabco mop from Bunnings. We couldn't get it out of the packet without causing the nuts to deform. I had one use out of this mop before before the sponge came unglued rendering it useless. Your design of years ago was perfect. Why was it changed?
Purchased in February 2019.
How to take a good design and ruin it.
I have used Sabco 4 post mops for years quite happily. But then when I bought the latest one noticed that they had changed the sponge mounting. Instead of the 4 small holes that you fed the threaded posts through and then did up the long tunnel nuts, now they have large diameter holes with "fingers" in them.
This is apparently the dumbed down version that has been foisted on us consumers. It has been expertly designed so that after about 5 uses the tunnel nuts are pulled through the fingers as the sponge dries and contracts. This bends the fing...
Can’t get the dirty sponge off!
Tried so hard to get the dirty sponge off to replace it. Supposedly it’s an easy click to get off and then put a new one on. It is not. Avoid.
All sponges are absolute rubbish they leave water all over floor they are all cheap and nasty and go hard the quality is shocking and i am returning all ours
Sponges crumble after 2 uses
Used this type of mop for many years and never had trouble with the sponges before. Twelve months age the replacement sponges were unobtainable, now with the new supply I find they crumble after 2 uses. I have a small unit so only a small area to mop. Up till now I have bought the $14 2pack three times but will not be buying them again. I was extremely happy with old type sponges but must look for a different system now.
It's perfect but the stick is short
The pecfet mop I've ever seen, i suggested long sticks will be great, it will reduce risk of sore backs. Even though I'm not tall girl, it's still short for me.
Sponge Replacements Rubbish
After trying to fit the Sabco sponge refills (unsuccessfully) I've decided NEVER to buy anything made by Sabco. So far wasted more than $40. I now find it cheaper to hire a Cleaner.
Questions & Answers
Hi. I have a sabco breeze white plastic parts on handle. 4 post sponge mop and cannot find replacement sponges. My local Woolworths does not stock the 4 post sponge. Nor does the local Bunnings. As we cannot go out of 5 km zone at the moment where can I get one. I am in Williamstown Victoria postcode 3016. Also I have heard bad reviews on the quality of the sponge. I haven’t replaced mine for a few years and it’s crumbling so I have avoided using the mop. But this is a very convenient floor mop. I hope the sponge issues have been resolved. As my unit is till in very good condition
You can order them from Sabco. Some hardware stores also keep them. I havent had the problem with the sponges. They tend to shrink a lot when dry but once wet are fine.
Hi Tom, you can actually get them at BigW - https://www.bigw.com.au/product/sabco-sponge-mop-twin-refill-2-pack/p/177119/.
As for the quality. It seems some people has got some bad ones. We are still use the same high-quality french cellulose and we looking into whether its been a bad batch or chemical used while cleaning that has made the sponge deteriate faster then normal. Keeping in mind that after frequent use they do come apart, especially on a rough surface because it is a natural product.
Hope that help. Cheers
I bought a wide mop to replace the old four post screw on sponge . The new push on type is a piece of rubbish . I tried to remove the plastic wrapping but couldn't . I had to destroy the posts to remove it .
The design is hopelessly faulty .Why ? My six year old grandson could design something better .
I am sticking to the four post design as the size of the sponge fits into small areas at my place. There is still a problem with the holes for the screws, but I will persist, and ask for a replacement when it fails. I tried an Oates push on type which broke after two uses. When I returned it to the supermarket following no response from Oates re my two complaints to them, the sales person said they had a four returned prior to me for refunds.
I had the same problem with the wide Sabco mop, just fell apart. Sabco replaced it, after I complained on this site, but I asked for the smaller one which is much better in design and has the scew on sponge.
Hi Robert, We are indeed aware of the issue with our Extra Wide lightning mop and are currently improving the design and functionality. Im sorry for the problems this has caused. I can offer to send you a replacement of the EXTRA Wide Lightning mop or get you a standard size one as we did for Rob who commented. This is a bit smaller but comes with screws instead of the push system. Alternatively, if you want a different type of mop we can talk about getting you something else. Cheers
Do you still make the sabco breeze mop if so where can I buy one I have been looking for ages in the Sutherland shire. Thankyou Faye
Hi, you can purchase a sabo Breeze mop at your local Woolworths https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/productdetails/807431/sabco-breeze-mop or a Breeze mop 2 at your local BigW https://www.bigw.com.au/product/sabco-breeze-2-mop/p/455620/
Hope that help :) Cheers
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