Choosing the Best Mop

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated January 9, 2012)

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One of the most traditional tools around for cleaning your home is the mop. While there are all kinds of different models, types, and designs available, you will still be faced with four basic types. Understanding what those four types of mops are, and what they are most often used for, will better help you decide on what mop (or mops) that you should have around your home. With the help of this little guide, you will be in a much better position to help ensure that you have the best possible cleaning tools for your home.

  • String mops. String mops are perhaps the most traditional of all the mops you can choose from. This type of mop is also known as a yacht mop, since it has often been found as part of the cleaning tools of ships for years. They are made with long strings, and are what most people think of when they first think about a mop. While these types of mops are particularly easy to use and cover a particularly wide area when cleaning there is also a bit of a downside. For example, they are harder to clean themselves, and thus tend to become very musty very quickly.
  • Sponge mops. One of the more simply designed mops that are available, these things are basically large sponges that have been stuck to the bottom of a stick. These usually have some type of device that you can use to squeeze the water out, and help ensure that you have the proper amount of water on the mop. Ideally, this mop is best suited for quick cleaning rather than large cleaning jobs.
  • Sweeper mops. These types of mops are becoming more and more popular over the past few years. Typically they will have a disposable pad that you can attach to a base, Instead of worrying about having to clean a sponge or bunch of cloth strips, you simply dispose of the mop head when it becomes too dirty. Once again, these types of mops are more suited to small cleaning jobs, but can also be utilized for larger cleaning jobs as well. Typically though, you do not want to use it to clean an area larger than a single room.
  • Microfiber mops. Microfiber mops have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years, and are great for doing some quick dry cleaning. The microfiber material that the heads are made of are perfect for picking up dirt and debris without the use of any water. Best of all if you really need to do some heavy duty cleaning, you don't have to use chemical cleaners to get the job done. Instead simply use some regular water and then wash the head as you normally would with any other type of cloth.

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2012-01-10 17:17:08

Cathy Cocker

You didn't weigh in on the steam mop option. This is my favourite because it uses only water and gets everything off the tiles. I do try to spot remove any "chunks" of stuck dirt - usually with my thumb nail. I swear by my steam mop!!


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