Although mops have existed in various forms over the last few hundred years, the modern mop wasn’t invented until the end of the 19th century. From that year to the current one, the mop changed very little in design or function. Then, several different innovations were applied to mops over the last few years, and these innovations made mops not only better suited for cleaning floors but also easier to use. Now, none of us have to put up with the inefficient mops of the past.
Of course, finding the best mop isn’t always easy because it seems like there are about a thousand of them out there. Don’t worry, though. I’ve been carefully looking for great mops to use around my home, and have come up with some mops I feel are really great. The following are truly the best mops I’ve found, and I feel any of them could be used with good results in just about any home.
My Picks for The 10 Best Mops
#10 Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop
It isn’t easy to find a mop that can do a good job on all different types of floor types and it’s especially difficult to find one that’s lightweight as well. Fortunately, this mop is capable of accomplishing both tasks. It’s a lightweight mop that can be used on wood floors, tile floors, on laminate or on tile floors. It’s also manufactured using durable materials, so I don’t have to worry about it holding up to my daily cleaning chores. Another thing worth mentioning about this mop is that it features a scrubbing pad that does a pretty good job of scraping up stubborn stains. The last thing I want to say is that this mop uses pads, so it doesn’t leave a ton of water on the floor like traditional string mops have a tendency of doing.
#9 Topmop Deluxe Spin Mop & Bucket
With a handle that extends up to 56-inches, this mop is capable of reaching areas that would be missed by most people. Its handle isn’t the only innovative thing about this mop, however. It’s also lightweight and is easy to carry around the house. Its bucket is also pretty nice and contains a spin mechanism that spins the water out of the mop. This bucket also has wheels and a pulley handle so it can be carried easily around most first floor homes, although there may be some difficulty getting the mop and bucket upstairs. This mop’s microfiber mop heads also do a great job cleaning the floor and does a particularly good job of cleaning tile floors.
#8 O-Cedar Hardwood Microfiber Mop
When most people think of O-Cedar mops, they probably think about their spin mops, which is understandable because that’s what they’re mainly known for making and they do a good job cleaning. However, their microfiber pad mops are also pretty good and do a good job with flat floors, particularly hardwood floor types. Although I didn’t feel it did a great job with tile floors, it was able to handle them and did a decent job of cleaning. It’s vinyl and hardwood floors where this product really shines through, and it really cleans these surfaces up well. And if the mop is used dry, it can even be used to sweep the floor. And its pads can be washed over and over again, so they’re more economical than most pad mods and more friendly towards the environment.
#7 Shark Blast & Scrub Steam Pocket Mop
Although this product is more expensive than the majority of other mops currently available, it’s versatile enough and does a good enough job to land it on this list. This product uses the power of steam to clean and sanitize floors in a way that just isn’t possible with conventional mops. It can blast through grease, grime, and other stuck-on messes without the user having to use a lot of elbow grease. It has an electronic steam controls that can be set to one of three different settings and allows the user to select what setting they need to get their floor truly clean. It also uses dual-sided steam pocket cleaning pads that can be used repeatedly. And unlike other steam mops, this product is fairly light and can be carried upstairs quite easily.
#6 Hapinnex Spin Wringer Mop Bucket Set
Some people love spin mops and some people hate them, and there are good reasons for both sides. They’re easy to love because they make it easier to wring water out of the mop, preventing the user from having to put their hands in dirty water. Most of them can also be easy to hate because they can be hard to drain sometimes. Fortunately, this spin mop provides all the best features, all while removing some of the poor features that are common with spin mops. This mop comes with a self-balanced bucket that has a drain plug, which makes it very easy to drain. It also has a non-slip handle, has a stainless steel spin washer and comes with a lightweight mop.
#5 O-Cedar Easy Wring Microfiber Spin Mop
The O-Cedar Easy-Wring Mop is not only a spin mop, but it’s one of the more innovative spin mops currently available. That’s because it has a triangular shaped head that allows it to perfectly fit into corners. But that isn’t the only great thing about this mop. It also has microfiber strands that are extremely absorbent and hold up to daily use. This mop’s bucket has a special splash guard built into it that keeps the splashing water inside of the bucket and doesn’t toss it all over the kitchen. Thanks to the bucket’s innovative pedal, this mop and bucket system can truly be used with just one hand. This makes it easy enough for people of all ages to use.
#4 E-Cloth Deep Clean Mop
There are several things to appreciate about this mop. One, it has an aluminum handle which is lightweight, yet sturdy, and can extend from a 3-foot length to a 5-foot length. It also has a special mop head which is made with an innovative weave that not only breaks up stuck-on dirt and grease but holds onto it. Its head is made from tiny fibers that grab on and remove bacteria, which means this product can remove up to 99% of all bacteria with just the use of plain water. It’s also a Good Housekeeping Institute Approved product. And best of all, this product can be used on any floor type from vinyl to concrete and from tile to hardwood.
#3 Twist & Shout Mop
This mop may not make you want to twist and shout, but it will help you get your mopping done quickly and easily. It’s a spin mop that has redesigned some of the features which make other spin mops highly flawed. It doesn’t use a foot pedal or a plastic spinner, so there’s nothing to break. All you have to do is press the mop down into the patented spinner, which can be operated using only one hand, and it will spin the water out of the mop. And since it has a special splash guard, it will keep the water from your mop in the bucket and no distribute it all over the floor again. This self-wringing mop also has a microfiber mop head that does a better job of cleaning than cotton and is designed to be streak free.
#2 Linkyo Microfiber Hardwood Floor Mop
Probably the best thing about this microfiber mop is that it provides professional results, yet is still easy to use. It’s made with a lightweight, high-quality aluminum mop frame that will hold up to daily mopping, and the rest of the mop is made using high-impact ABS plastic for durability. This mop’s handle can extend up to 70-inches, which allows it to reach under cabinets and into hard to reach corners. It also has a 360-degree rotating mop frame that allows it to be angled in tight areas like behind a toilet. And since the microfiber pads are machine washable, they don’t have to be thrown out after each use but can simply be thrown into a washing machine.
#1 Microfiber Wholesale Professional Mop
This product is designed to be a professional mop and has many of the features you’d expect to find in such a model. It has a handle that extends to 70-inches, has a dual-action dust mop which cleans the floors and picks up dust bunnies, and has a heavy-duty swivel design. But that’s not all this mop has going for it. It also has a wide 18-inch frame, so more floor can be mopped at one time, and uses premium microfiber wet pads. These wet pads do an amazing job of scrubbing dirt off of the floor and never leave any streaks behind. Best of all, once you’ve dirtied your wet pad, all you have to do is throw it in the wash.
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How To Effectively Mop Your Floors
Once you have bought the mop of your dreams, it’s now time to turn your attention to using that mop to its full effectiveness. Unfortunately, far too many people skip over this step and just use their mop with whatever floor cleaning product is on sale at their local mega-mart. Which I guess is fine for light cleaning jobs, but if you’re doing heavier cleaning chores, then you may want to put a little bit more thought into your cleaning routine.
Using a mop to its full effectiveness isn’t always easy, however. This is especially true since most manufacturers provide no instructions on how to use the mop. And this leaves the user wondering what exactly is the best way to mop the floor. To clear this up, I’ve gone ahead and listed some general advice on how to mop your floors according to floor type. Hopefully, it will help you get through at least part of your chores quickly and effectively.
Mopping a Hardwood Floor
Mopping a hardwood floor is a task that’s going to take special care and consideration. The type of hardwood floors is also going to dictate how it needs to be cleaned. In most homes, hardwood floors are either sealed with some form of a urethane coating, or they’re waxed. If your unsure which is the case for your floor, then all you have to do is run your finger across the surface. If it smudges, then it’s probably a waxed floor and not one sealed with polyurethane or polyacrylamide. If it’s a waxed floor, you shouldn’t apply any form of water to the surface. In other words, don’t mop it. Just sweep it and dry mop it regularly to keep it in good condition.
If you have a sealed hardwood floor, however, then you are going want to use a combination of low pH-soap and water. In your mop bucket, place a quarter-cup of mild floor cleaner and then fill it up the rest of the way with water. Then dunk your mop in this solution and wring it out well. The point is to dampen the mop just enough to be used on the floor, but not enough that it’s dripped. Then when you’ve finished mopping, you’ll want to dry off any excess water with a dry microfiber cloth or towel. Just be sure not to clean the floor daily. If it’s a high-traffic area, then clean it about once every week or so. If it’s not walked on all that much, then clean it about once a month.
Vinyl flooring doesn’t require the same level of care that hardwood floors generally do, but that doesn’t mean that water should just be splashed on it and spread around. It’s actually better to use a spray and spritz method of cleaning the floor. Sure, make up a bucket of mop water with a solution of water and a quarter cup of your favorite cleaning product. But also make sure that you keep a 16-ounce water and vinegar mixture in a spray bottle with a drop of dishwater in it. Spritz the tough stains with this mixture and then use your damp (but not soaking wet) mop to go over the floor.
Porcelain Tile Flooring
If you have porcelain tile flooring, then you have a couple of options available to you. Generally speaking, it’s better to clean the tile floor with a steam pocket mop than to use a regular mop on it. That’s because steam mops can get into the grout and sanitize the floor better than an ordinary mop. If you don’t have a steam mop, then add a little bit of bleach to some warm water. Then dip your mop in this solution and go over the entire floor. Finish off with a good dry mop to remove any leftover moisture. Just remember that if you use bleach in your mop water, that you don’t add other cleaners. Bleach and other cleaners such as ammonia can cause dangerous gases when used together.
Without a doubt, marble floors are beautiful to look at and to walk on. Unfortunately, they’re also extremely fragile, so be careful when mopping them. You should never use bleach on them, ever! Even a little bit can ruin the floor. It’s also best to avoid using floor cleaners of any type on them, regardless of how mild you believe them to be. Your best bet is to mop marble floors with plain water and a good microfiber mop.
Laminate flooring is by far some of the easiest floors to clean. You can mop the floors in the way you would generally mop a floor and don’t have to worry if you put down too much water or not. When making your mop water for mopping a laminate floor, just use a good quality all-purpose floor cleaner.
Bamboo floors are extremely beautiful, but they can also be extremely fragile. Take it from me, I know because I had a friend who had bamboo floors and she discovered they were extremely susceptible to nicks and scratches. Even sweeping them the wrong way can cause scratches, if you’re not careful. Just think of bamboo floors as a more delicate version of hardwood flooring. Which is probably why you are going to want to use a cleaning solution with a low pH-level. If you choose a cleaner that’s acidic, then you may end up hurting the floor instead of cleaning it.
Fill up your mop bucket with clean water and add a quarter-of-a-cup of a mild pH floor cleaner to it. If you want, you can also use a cleaner that’s specifically made for hardwood floors to mop the floor. Just be sure to use a damp mop method and don’t leave excess water on your floor. Also be sure to use a microfiber mop head that won’t scratch the floor and cleaning it should be trouble-free.
Additional Mopping Tips
Now that we’ve covered specific strategies for dealing with specific types of flooring, it’s time to impart just a little more mopping knowledge on you. Below are a few additional tips to consider while mopping your floor:
- Sweep Before Mopping
- Always Use Warm Water
- Rinse & Wring the Mop Regularly While Mopping
- Hang the Mop When Done to Allow it to Dry Fully
- Mop Your Floor in Small Sections at a Time
- Use a Quality Floor Cleaner