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How to keep mopheads clean

While mops certainly do an immense amount of work, they are often taken for granted and not cleaned as well as they could be. This results in floors which are never truly clean, and may even look downright grubby.

A mophead that is thoroughly cleaned will do the job better, rather than redistributing the dirt across the floor. Additionally it will begin to smell and become a breeding ground for bacteria.

Even if you do not have the time to clean the mophead, you should at least rinse it well in clean water after usage.

Before you begin

There are some things to think about, namely whether the mophead is designed for use on wet, dry or both types of flooring. The way you clean also depends on what the  mophead is made of and whether it is removable or not.

Cotton mopheads

These are often the most popular because they will not mark wooden floors. They are also heavy duty and can be used to clean tiles and even cement.

Sponge mopheads

These are also very durable but often are not removable and need to be cleaned in the mop bucket.

Microfiber mopheads

These are naturally bacteria resistant, they are also resistant to mold and mildew. Normally they are long lasting and easily removed.

How to clean mopheads

  • Remove the mophead if you can
  • Rinse under warm water to remove debris and loose dirt
  • If removable, wash in machine at temperature up to 30 degrees C
  • Once washed, lay the mophead flat to dry before attaching to the mop

It is best to wash the mophead with similar textiles, namely cotton with cotton and microfiber with other microfiber items.

Final thoughts

It is important to remember that if you choose to sanitise the mophead, you should avoid using different disinfecting products because mixing some products can produce toxic fumes.

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