Mop and bucket make a perfect combination for easy and effective floor cleaning. From the laminate in the living room, to the hard floors in the kitchen and the bathroom, these two essential cleaning tools keep the floor surface sparkling clean every day.
At first glance it seems like all the mops and buckets are the same. Wrong. There are more types of mops that are distinguished by several characteristics. In short here’s what you need to know about these two must-have cleaning tools.
- Cut End Mop – This is the basic type of mop which is usually the cheapest. Due to their low price these mops are not used in the long run. Main advantage of this model is the high absorbency, whilst the only downside is that this mop doesn’t cover big area.
- Looped End Mops – This is the most common mop type used in both, residential and commercial facilities. Looped end mop and bucket is what you need to clean bigger area quickly and efficiently. You can wash this durable moderate-priced mop style a machine.
- Microfiber Mop – Highly absorbent, hypoallergenic and non-abrasive are the main features that set this mop apart the other types. When using a microfiber mop and bucket minimal dose of chemicals is needed. It’s the most sanitary mop head that traps dirt until cleaned completely.
- Size – The size of the mop depends on its purpose of use, more specifically the size of the space to be cleaned.
- Yarn Ply – The number of fibers composing one yarn in the mop is known as yarn ply. The more yarn strands the more durable and stronger mop.
- Absorbency – This absorbency power is not associated with the type of material. What determines this characteristic is the size of the mop.
- Headbands – Narrow and wide are the two basic types of headbands.
- Antimicrobial Features – For preventing mold, yeast and bacteria from growing in the mop and bucket, some mop fibers contain antimicrobial additives.
Tips For Mopping Quickly, Easily and Safely
- Prepare a non-toxic cleaning solution (ex. a mixture of vinegar and baking soda);
- Fill the bucket with water and add the previously prepared cleaning solution;
- Dip the mop in the filled bucket and squeeze the liquid;
- Mop the floor surface while making sure that the mop is rinsed frequently;
- In case you run out of liquid, refill the bucket with clean water and cleaning solution;
- Mop until you go through the whole area and make sure that the floor is sparkling clean.