Hello, my fellow clean freak wanna-be friends!
Not too long ago I was wandering the cleaning aisle at Walmart. (I get a small fraction of my cleaning supplies there.)
A middle-aged man questioned me. He was looking in dismay at the array of mops.
“Which one would you choose?” He really wanted to know. I guess any female that looks like she knows what she is doing is fair game in the world of cleaning supplies.
Well, any man who wants to know about cleaning supplies is a friend of mine! So we chatted for a moment, and I shared my expertise in less than five minutes. I love five minute hacks that make your life easier and better. We’re all too busy for hours of research on mops, right?
FOR TILE or VINYL floors, you need a good string mop. It cleans in the cracks of the grout better than a swiffer-style flat mop head, in my opinion.
1.) Get a self-wringing mop. (but not the one pictured at the top – its strings tangle with the wringing mechanism, for one thing!)
You don’t need one of those crazy buckets that wrings your mop for you. I find those bulky to store. A pain to use. Takes more time. Just DON’T do it, okay? (Well, unless you really like a bulky bucket that might tip over when you’re wringing out your mop…)
My simple bucket is multi-purpose. It easily serves as a dirty-rag catcher or cleaning supply tote when needed. I like a plain, simple bucket with a sturdy handle.
2. ) Look for a microfiber mop head.
Microfiber and I have a love affair, I’ll admit! Microfibers are time-efficient dirt catchers. They save trees. They save money. I use microfiber dusting cloths, dish cloths, and mops ALL the time. Why? Those teeny, tiny fibers catch and trap more dirt and germs than any ordinary cloth. It’s amazing!
I used to repurpose cotton t-shirts into rags. For a few things I still do, like for paint or grease rags. No longer for cleaning! Anything that keeps you from smearing and redistributing dirt around saves time and energy. So whoever invented microfiber mop heads, I just love you!
(HELPFUL HINT FOR A LONG, HAPPY MICROFIBER LIFE — JUST don’t wash those microfiber cloths with linty towels. Don’t dry them with fabric softener. Either move will fill up those tiny fibers with particles. That’s like feeding them junk food. It’s a waste of a good life.)
3.) Get an easily removable mop head!
Why? See those nasty cotton strings on the top post? They harbor germs and bad bacteria. Sure you can bleach it. But do you really want to bleach your mop head after every use? Do you really take the time to do that after every single mopping? Let’s get real here. How often?
Chlorine bleach is a weapon I save for a last resort in my cleaning arsenal. I keep a bottle on hand in case the world goes haywire. That’s a topic for a whole different post.
What I adore in a mop is a mop head that can be thrown in the washer and the dryer. Or, if you save lots of energy and hang your clothes out, you can hang your mop head out in the sun, too. Either way, you’re going to battle germs and bacteria in an easy-peasey, non-toxic way. I wash my microfiber mop head after every. single. mopping. It’s so easy. It’s so green. It’s so clean. Really! No more spreading bathroom germs on your kitchen floor, or pet vomit germs all over your tile. This is why I think the old-fashioned string mop is just, well, gross.
Now here’s the real down-low. Some mops fulfill almost all those requirements but the easy part.
Do you want to know my favorite mop? I’ve test-driven a bunch. Yes, I have a favorite string mop!
I’ve sold almost all of my cleaning clients on this product over the years. No commission, either! Except for today. If you click the link I provide, I would actually make an affiliate commission after all these years. Don’t you think all my trial-and-error is worth that? I share with you, and you share the love with me, too. It’s a win-win for both of us!