Of all the chores we have to do in our homes, mopping isn’t always one of the most fun tasks. You can only go so long before you have to break out your handy dandy mop and get it done. The question is, what kind of mop should you use?
There are many different kinds of mops available on the market today, but these mops all fall within one of six categories. Here’s a breakdown of the 6 most commonly used mop varieties and why you would want to consider using these mops. Our goal here is to help you decide which mop is best suited for you needs so you can get the best clean possible.
A dry mop is great for picking up the stray bits of dust, dirt, and sand from your floor that your broom may leave behind. These mops can be made from either yard or microfiber and it is going to be your first step in cleaning your floor (if you forego sweeping). The heads of these mops can hold a limited amount of dust and debris, but they are removable and you can wash them.
There are single-use dry mops also available for your convenience if you don’t want to wash the dusty mop head.
These mops are best suited for those in-between moppings. They are great for small spaces with hard flooring. They are not intended to replace your regular mop because they don’t remove heavy soil or stains. They also will not shine your floor. You can, however, also use these mops to remove dust and cobwebs from your corners and ceiling.
If you want to do a bit of light cleaning without breaking out your traditional mop, a bucket, and floor cleaner, you can spritz some soapy water on to the spot your floor and mop it up with this kind of mop.
A flat mop is a device that has a flat head where you can attach a disposable and reusable pad. These mops have been more and more popular among homeowners because they are great for daily cleaning, as they don’t require a lot of effort. Some of these mops will have a reservoir where you can spritz some cleaning solution out onto the floor as you go.
These mops are great options for anyone who has a type of flooring where you want to avoid excess moisture, such as hardwood or laminate tiles. To use these mops, you will want to spray a little cleaning solution from the reservoir and then quickly go over it with the mop. They aren’t going to leave any streaks on your floor and they can give your floors a nice little shine.
You can also use these mops on a marble or granite flooring because they won’t require a lot of moisture, but you’ll be able to polish them nicely if you have a microfiber pad on the mop. Just be sure to wash the mop head periodically.
These mops are like the ones your grandparents or parents may have used. They often have a head made from durable cotton fibers that are great for cleaning a variety of flooring (except for hardwood!). You can use these to soak up large spills and messes. It’s important that if you use these mops, you use a wringer bucket to remove the excess cleaning solution so that the floor isn’t completely covered in water.
These mops are best suited for cleaning up big spills, for janitorial work, or even industrial jobs. If you do opt for these kinds of mops for your home, you will want to choose a small to medium sized mop head because it will be easier to wring out the water – the larger the mop head, the heavier it will get because it can absorb more water.
These mops are a lot like string mops except instead of cotton strings, this mop will have strips of microfiber fabric and will have some kind of mechanism on the unit that will allow you to wring out the water without getting wet.
These are a great, all-purpose mop that will work on all types of flooring. They won’t leave behind any streaks, but they are heavy duty enough to clean tough stains on the floor, but delicate enough to not leave any scratches.
A sponge mop was popular in the 80s because it has a wringer attached, which makes it easier to remove the head and clean. These mops are decent for cleaning tile and other uneven surfaces, except they require a little extra maintenance because the sponge can harbor bacteria.
These mops are good to have for uneven flooring and if you don’t want to manually wring out the water. The mop heads can be replaced whenever you notice the sponge begins to change colors or have a distinct odor to them.
A steam mop is an appliance where you plug it into the water and fill the reservoir with water. As the steamer heats the water, you can release the steam via the trigger. The mop will spray the steam onto the floor through a reusable mopping pad.
These are great mops when you want to clean and disinfect any type of hard floor. They will be a bit pricier, but if you’re concerned about germs and bacteria, these mops are a great option.
Mopping is a chore not many people enjoy. However, it’s a task that needs to be done. When you choose the appropriate mop for your needs, you’ll find the chore is a little more bearable.