Cleaning Mops

by Emily McBride
(last updated December 17, 2018)

It takes quite a bit of effort to keep your floor clean, so it can be very frustrating to start mopping and realize that your floor is just getting dirtier. The usual culprit for this problem is a dirty mop. The best way to clean a mop depends on what kind of mop you have. The most common types of mops are dust mops, mops with disposable pads, sponge mops, and string mops.

Dust mops are used to sweep the floor and do not get rid of spots.

  • To clean a dust mop, remove the cloth head and wash it in the washer. Don't use hot water or the dryer or it might not fit back on to the mop.
  • Mops with disposable pads are the easiest to take care of and work best for the lighter mopping jobs.

    • Replace the disposable pad when it gets dirty.
    • Do not store your mop with a dirty pad on it.

    Sponge mops are best used for sticky areas and all-purpose cleanings.

    • Rinse the mop as you go, either by rinsing it in the sink or in a bucket. If you are using a bucket, refill it whenever the water starts to get gray.
    • Wring the mop head while you are mopping and again when you are finished. Leaving excess water in the mop can cause it to get moldy.
    • To prevent mold, store your mop head up. Also, use a lint roller to remove any extra particles after the mop is dry.

    String mops are an older type of mop. They work well for tough jobs.

    • Rinse the mop as you go, either by rinsing it in the sink or in a bucket. If you are using a bucket, refill it when the water starts to get gray.
    • Wring the mop head while you are mopping as well as when you are finished. Leaving excess water in the mop can cause it to get moldy.
    • To really get your mop clean, wash your mop head in the washing machine. Use the delicate cycle and bleach. Then, dry it in the dryer or in the sun.
    • When washing and drying the mop head, avoid fabric softener and dryer sheets. These will make the mop less absorbent.

    Maintaining your mop will help you to better maintain your floor. If these tips are not helping to get your mop clean, it may be time to get a new mop.

    Author Bio

    Emily McBride

    A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...

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