It has been quite some time since us humans had to get down on our hands and knees to clean a floor. Good thing too, because it definitely was not fun. While cleaning may still not be most people’s preferred activity, inventions along the way have certainly made it easier on our bodies. Mops, in particular, have made the chore of floor cleaning so much more convenient, and almost everyone in the U.S. likely has one around the home somewhere.
While using a mop is pretty intuitive and easy-to-grasp, the market for mops is quite broad, and you are going to find products that vary widely both in quality, and functionality. There are, for example, different mops made for specific surfaces, as well as ones that are more multi-purpose. We have compiled the following guide to help you navigate all of this complexity, and give you a better idea of what product is going to be best for you.
- 1 Key Facts
- 2 Ranking: The best mops on the U.S. market
- 3 Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about mops
- 3.1 What is a mop and how does it work?
- 3.2 What types of mops are available on the market?
- 3.3 How often should I change my mop?
- 3.4 What should I look for in a mop?
- 3.5 How are different surfaces cleaned?
- 3.6 How should I clean my floors with the mop?
- 3.7 What are the advantages and disadvantages of mops?
- 4 Shopping Criteria
- 5 Summary
- Mops are made to clean a wide range of surfaces, but specific models are tailor-made to clean certain surfaces and will not work as well on others.
- Buckets naturally go hand in hand with mops. Not only do they hold the water and soap you need, but the way in which they drain the mop also affects the quality of the cleaning.
- Certain factors will help you choose an easy-to-use mop. Telescopic sticks, for instance, can be adjusted to the height of the user. Buckets that feature a pedal also allow you to drain the mop more easily.
Ranking: The best mops on the U.S. market
We have examined many different products currently on the market and come up with the five best mops currently available. In the following section, you will find about more about them, as well as what each one offers. We are sure this ranking will help you find something that is best suited to what you need.
No. 1: O-Cedar – EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop and Bucket
O-Cedar’s EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop and Bucket is one of many great products from German manufacturer Freudenberg Household Products. The mop’s exclusive bucket design that is made especially for this mop system, comes with a built-in foot-operated wringer that makes the cleaning process dead-easy. What’s more, the mop’s deep-cleaning and quality microfibers make tackling dirt and grime simple and efficient.
This mop system also comes with a useful splash guard that helps keep dirty water and mop spray inside the bucket when you are wringing it out. Another great feature of this mop is its triangular head. If there is one thing Americans appreciate, it is convenience in their busy lives, and this mop’s triangular head is great at getting into the toughest to reach nooks and crannies.
No. 2: Bissell – PowerFresh Steam Mop
Bissell’s PowerFresh Steam Mop is built for cleaning and sanitizing even the toughest to clean floors. Best of all, it does it without using any harsh chemicals that can harm you, your family, and pets. The reason it is so good at getting rid of up to 99.9 percent of bacteria and germs is because of simple steam. The flip-down scrubber lets you blast hot steam at virtually any mess and watch it disappear right before your eyes.
This mop comes with swivel steering, so it is easy to maneuver, and the 23-foot power cord lets you connect and clean with ease. The digital control panel allows you to easily customize the type of clean you want, with high, medium, and low steam settings. This products comes complete with one microfiber soft pad, one microfiber scrubbing pad, two spring breeze scented fragrance discs, and a carpet glider, meaning you have everything you need to clean your entire home top to bottom.
No. 3: Shark – Steam Mop
The Shark Steam Mop, manufactured by SharkNinja, is one of the most popular steam mop cleaning systems in the United States. With just water, you can effortlessly clean a wide range of surfaces around your home. Best of all, you don’t need any caustic, harmful substances to do it. Just fill the mop’s water compartment and you are ready to tackle the toughest grime and floor stains.
The extra-large water tank is easy to remove and fill, and the 18-foot power cord gives you ample slack to get around most rooms without having to change outlets. This is a great, lightweight steam mop that fits into most storage closets easily, and can be taken with you on the go if need be. Simply fill the tank with water, and you have ready-to-use steam within 30 seconds.
No. 4: Twist and Shout – Original Hand Push Spin Mop
If you are wondering where you have seen this product before, you are probably recalling it from one of its now famous TV commercials. Twist and Shout’s Original Hand Push Mop became a quick bestseller, thanks to its easy self-wringing action, adjustable 44 to 55-inch extendable handle, durable aluminum build, flexible head, and durable bucket. The swivel head is especially great because it makes going around corners and furniture head easy.
The highly absorbent mop head can hold up to eight times its weight in liquid, and you can machine wash it up to 300 times. The bucket is light and robust, made from industrial strength plastic, while still weighing less than four pounds. It is hard to imagine finding a better deal on a push mop on the U.S. market, and this products award winning status is a testament to that.
No. 5: Aootek – Stainless Steel 360 Spin Mop
Aootek’s Stainless Steel 360 Spin Mop is terrific value for the price because it comes with three mop heads in one, as well as a high quality bucket with easy-to-clean stainless steel interior. This mop does not require a foot pedal or spinning axis to wring it out. Simply fit the head in the bucket and it comes out twice as dry as the foot pedal style. The mop heads are completely machine washable and each one lasts up to 6 months, so you don’t have to worry about running to the store every couple of weeks.
The bucket’s patented centrifugal spinning design both cleans and simultaneously dries the mop out without you having to get your hands wet or dirty. The adjustable stainless handle is also a nice feature for households with differing heights, and the robust stainless steel means this product will stand the test of time. So much so that Aootek gives you a one-year, money back warranty.
Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about mops
In the below section you will be given all the information necessary to purchase the mop that makes the most sense for your needs. We will delve into some of the more common, as well as less so, features of this useful household cleaning tool. The goal is that you fully understand which features are the most important to have at the forefront when buying a mop. We also want to make sure that you are well-versed in the different kinds of mops and their different functions.
What is a mop and how does it work?
As you probably know, this tool is used to clean floors with soap and water. It consists of a stick with thick loose strings or a sponge on one end. It is designed to absorb moisture and clean surfaces. You also need a bucket in which you put the water and the soap before scrubbing the floor.
After dipping your mop head into your water/cleaning agent, simply squeeze the excess liquid out and go over the surface you wish to clean. Do this over and over until your floors are as clean as you want them to be. Many buckets also have separators that allow you to keep the clean and dirty water unmixed.
What types of mops are available on the market?
There is a wide range of mops that you can buy, each one being designed for a specific type of floor. It is important that you know which you need to get the most out of your product. Here is a list of the different types available on the market, and what surface they are tailored to.
- Microfibre mops: These mops are made with synthetic strings, are quite durable and have a good capacity of absorption. They are suitable for all types of floors – even those that do not tolerate humidity well like parquet or wood flooring. Cleaned surfaces dry quickly with this type of mop.
- Cotton string mops: Made from cotton strands, they are heavier than microfibre mops. They are ideal to scrub harder surfaces such as marble or cement. Make sure you wring the mop well before use, as it may otherwise leave traces on your floor.
- Sponge mops: These are specially designed mops that are made for delicate floors. Such floors include ones made from glass, ceramic, and rubber.
- Floor wipers: This kind of mop requires very little water to clean. They are best used to remove dust from all types of surfaces.
- Professional mops: These mops can clean large surfaces and are used in conjunction with industrial buckets. They are particularly resistant and capable of deep cleaning.
How often should I change my mop?
You do need to get a new one from time time, and the when depends a lot on your frequency of use. First of all, you must take into account how often you use it: cleaning your floors every day isn’t the same as doing it once every couple of weeks. The same goes for cleaning surfaces with very little dirt or greasy floors.
With that in mind, it is normal to change a mop every couple of months. However, you might need to do so sooner if you use your mop all the time. Americans are becoming more and more environmentally conscious as the years go on, and people generally want to protect their beautiful country. This is why you should also keep in mind that you can find mops that have heads that are machine washable and reusable. Even mops that are not specifically advertised as products with reusable heads can be washed using hot water at approximately 60 degrees and a mild soap, or simply throw it in the washing machine. The life of your mop can be lengthened by taking good care of it.
What should I look for in a mop?
The below table contains some of the most important features to have in mind when buying your mop. Please take a look at them so you know what to look for when perusing the market, and so that you get something you are going to be happy with. These might be things you hadn’t previously considered when purchasing a mop, so take it as an education:
|Handling||An easy-to-handle designed is preferred.|
|Assembly||It should be easy to put together.|
|Floor||Check which type of floor it is designed for.|
|Extendable stick||Adjustable sticks are more comfortable to work with.|
|Material||Make sure you opt for a quality material.|
|Cleaning||The mop must be easy to clean.|
|Accessibility||Opt for a mode with a rotating head to access hard-to-reach places.|
|Price||The mop should offer good value for money.|
How are different surfaces cleaned?
While we have made note of this above, we want to reiterate that each type of floor usually has a different mop requirement. If you use the wrong mop on the wrong surface, you might end up damaging the surface, and perhaps not even cleaning it thoroughly. Below is a table you can consult to help ensure you are always choosing the right mop:
|Type of floor||Cleaning|
|Parquet||Start off by removing the dust with a mop or vacuum cleaner. Use a parquet-specific product and a well-drained mop. Ventilate the room well so that it dries as soon as possible.|
|Ceramic||Remove dust with a mop or vacuum cleaner. You can use a specific cleaner, but vinegar also works very well. Warm water will be more efficient.|
|Marble||Start by vacuuming the dust. Use a mild soap suitable for this type of floor. Wring the mop well, and dry the surface with it after cleaning.|
|Vinyl||This type of surface is very easy to clean. First of all, remove the dust with the mop or a broom. Both mild or specific soaps will do just fine. Wring the mop thoroughly before cleaning.|
|Terrazzo||This common material is also easy to clean. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust. Use a mild soap to clean the floor with your mop.|
How should I clean my floors with the mop?
In the below list, we have put together a step-by-step list to follow pre, during, and post mopping. Always make sure to attend to each one, or you might end up with floors that don’t look how you want them to:
- Dust: The first step is naturally to remove the dust. You can use a broom, although the best options are always dust mops or vacuum cleaners.
- Bucket: Fill your bucket with water and add the appropriate product, which will depend on the type of surface you want to clean. You can also opt for a natural product such as vinegar.
- Mop: Wring the mop thoroughly and clean the entire floor. You can scrub harder in case stains remain.
- Drying: Let the floor dry. A great trick is leaving windows open while you mop to allow it to dry faster.
- Dust mop: When the floor is dry, use the dust mop to leave your floors nice and shiny.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of mops?
At this point, it should be quite clear what you should keep in mind when it comes time to buy your mop. You should always consider the fundamental buying criteria when investing in anything, and mops are no different. This means understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each kind, which we have laid out for you in the below table:
There are other criteria you should also take into consideration when purchasing a mop if you want to buy the best one for you. In the following section we have laid out those features, and how to incorporate them into your purchasing decision. Pay special attention to them and you will end up with a product that will serve you well. They include:
- Type of mop
- Ease of use
Type of mop
As you have likely noted throughout this article, the U.S. market has a good deal more mop variety than it did even just a few decades ago. These new, more modern mops often come with better, more desirably features. Naturally, these contemporary, more “high tech” mops are going to cost more money. A spin mop, for instance, makes it easier to reach tough-to-reach areas.
You can also find mops specially designed for tackling dust. You can use these to get rid of all the dust on a surface before cleaning it with liquid, making the entire cleaning process more efficient. Take a look at what’s out there before making your final purchase decision.
As previously mentioned, mops and buckets are complimentary, and necessary items that go together to get the job done. Always try and opt for the bucket that goes best with your new mop. Keep in mind that certain types of mops will only fit certain buckets because they have specific shapes. There are some buckets that make cleaning much easier.
This is the case of models that feature a pedal: this allows you to make almost no effort when wringing your mop. Other types of buckets are divided into two parts. The first one is designed to pour your clean water and the soap you’ll use to clean, while the other is used to drain the dirty water. This method is particularly handy.
Another important feature to keep in mind is the material a mop is made from. In this day and age, certain materials give you optimal cleaning results and make drying much faster, such as microfiber. Some of the mops available on the American market can now also be washed in the washing machine at 60º, increasing their useful life.
If you decide on a cotton mop, keep in mind that this mop material tends to be better suited for harder surfaces. Sponge mops, on the other hand, are better suited for floors that you want to make as shiny as possible. Knowing how to pair your mop with the surface you want it to clean is really the best way to go about buying your new mop.
Ease of use
Your mop should be simple to use. Many models are extendable, allowing you to adjust the length so that you aren’t constantly bending over and wearing your back out. Also try and find a mop that is lightweight, so you can get to those inconvenient corners and spots easier. Also keep in mind what your new mop is made from, as there are definitely mops that are made from more resistant material than others.
As you have likely noticed from our previous section, the price of a mop changes from one model to the next. Some will only cost you a few dollars, while others (especially steam mops) can cost you nearly 100. With that in mind, what you get for what you pay should be at the top of your list of criteria. Paying more for a high quality product with great features that is going to last you a long time isn’t a bad thing. Buying a full set that gives you both a mop and a good quality bucket is another great idea.
A mop is an absolute must-have for Americans who need a clean home at all times. It is something you should have around (perhaps even multiple) for when you need to do a deep clean before the relatives get there, or if there is an impromptu stain or spill in need of cleaning. With such a wide range of mops available on the U.S. market, it is up to you to choose one that is best made for your floors and needs, as well as one that is going to be affordable for you.
One additional thing to consider is that mops without buckets tend to be less desirable. Always try and find a mop that comes with a bucket included. Be aware, however, that mops that come with buckets tend to be more expensive than just the solo mop. Additionally, some mops are made to be used, and indeed only fit into certain buckets, so think about that as well.
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