To get rid of the mess the best thing to do is to get yourself a good squeegee. For the money what we’ve found is that a high quality dense cell foam rubber squeegee works the best. Some of you will want to stick to your old hard rubber models but I’d give the foam rubber models a try. I’ve had both and the foam rubber highly outperforms the old standard. The squeegee does a better job of picking up water down to the surface and it doesn’t skip and catch on the floor like the rubber models. The foam squeegee also holds up remarkably well even though it looks like it would fall apart when you try and push a icy, slushy, wintery mix of sludge . The squeegee I own has lasted 3 seasons already and hasn’t shown any signs of wearing out .