In Israel a popular way of cleaning floors is with sponja. Is there a way that one may do this on Shabbos? (sources)

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    That article about sponja is a pure delight.
    – Daniel
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 14:20
  • What would be the problem?
    – Loewian
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 17:11
  • @Loewian: Sechita, watering plants, not Kovod Shabbos Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 17:25
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    so Sponja is just Hebrew for squeegee? youtube.com/watch?v=7SXgAS9kp3Y start at 37 seconds
    – rosends
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 20:06
  • Isn't it just a non-absorbent rubber strip? How would that be a problem of sechita? And I assume if the water won't be watering plants, that would be a way one may do it (Does it usually end up watering plants?) As far as kovod shabbos - is it that different than sweeping? (Though I suppose you could say there is more tircha... and it could always qualify for the ever-elusive catch-all category of uvda d'chol)
    – Loewian
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 21:48

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I once told off the shames in Zichron Moshe stiebelach for doing sponja on Shabbos. He responded that Dayan Fisher had told him it was permissible so I should direct any further enquiries to the dayan.

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