Mop: How to choose the best in 2021?
Today’s topic is mop, a multipurpose mop that will make it easier to clean your home or workplace. The use of mop has been growing a lot recently.
It replaces the work done by the broom, shovel, floor cloth and squeegee, all in one product. The mop is also more hygienic, as it reduces the contact of your hands with dirt.
The cool thing is that this mop is not only used to clean the floor of your home. You can also use it to clean windowpanes and windows, the exterior and interior of automobiles and various types of surfaces.
First, the most important
- The mop consists of a bucket, a dispenser for cleaning products, a centrifuge (usually in stainless steel), a mop handle and a fabric refill or soft bristles.
- The mop bucket has two levels, one for the centrifuge and the other for placing clean water with chemical. The centrifuge has a rotating function that helps to sanitize, remove excess water and dry the mop.
- The great advantage of using a Mop to clean your home is that in addition to being more practical, it is also very hygienic, as you don’t need to put your hands in dirty water.
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Best mop models: Our recommendations
Now, we are going to present you the best mop models. Our ranking takes into account the highest quality products, most practical to use and that consumers like most. Check out:
Now that you know the seven best mop models, let’s talk a little more about the characteristics of this product, what are the advantages and disadvantages of it, what are the different styles, how much does this product cost and where to buy it.
After knowing all this you will know how to choose the best mop to make your home always clean and smelling.
What is a mop and where to use it?
It is inevitable to clean the house, mainly because it influences the health and mood of the residents. But, this does not have to be a tiring and boring task, as more and more tools and products appear that facilitate daily cleaning.
An example is the mop (translated from English means mop). This equipment is quite common in the United States and European countries, and arrived a few years ago.
Mop can be used to clean the floor, bathroom or kitchen walls, glass windows and doors, exterior and interior of cars, among others. Because the fringes are made of soft fabrics, it does not damage or scratch any surface
There are several models of mop, which we will detail in the next topic. The most complete is the 360º mop model, as it replaces other cleaning equipment and reaches even the most difficult places.
One of the coolest features of this model, besides the 360º turn (hence the name), is the ergonomics of the piece. Most are made of telescopic cable, with adjustable height.
Another cool thing is that you won’t even need to touch the cloth to wring it out, as the mop has a centrifuge that removes excess water. These models also have a lock for removing the mop.
How to use the mop?
It is very easy to use the mop, but some care is needed so that it has a longer service life and thereby avoid excessive replacement of the mop refill. When the refill is of good quality and taken care of, it can last for about 300 uses.
Have you ever noticed that the mop is made up of two buckets joined by one piece or with a split into a single piece ?! Well, in the empty bucket you will put water with a little disinfectant.
Then you will wet the mop in this first division, until all the fringes of the mop are soaked with water. Then, just transfer the mop to the second bucket partition and activate the centrifuge.
Ready! You can now use Mop. The ideal is to use making circular movements in the shape of the number eight.
Another benefit of the mop is that it helps to save water and disinfectant, as it is not necessary to change the water several times.
You can also use the dry mop to remove dust that accumulates on the floor during the day. Microfiber absorbs dust and prevents it from spreading into the air and furniture.
After use it is important to clean the mop, to prevent it from spoiling or becoming moldy. To sanitize the microfiber cloth, just detach it from the squeegee base and wash it with a little water and mild soap. Let it dry naturally.
One cool thing you can do is sweep the house before using the mop, so dirt and hair do not accumulate on the fabric. To remove large debris like leaves from trees, keep using the broom.
Check a table with the advantages and disadvantages of the product:
What differentiates one mop model from another?
There are several types of mop in addition to the conventional mop we’ve been talking about so far. We’ll talk a little bit about each type below:
Mop with roller
This type of mop replaces the squeegee with cloth, as it washes and dries the floor. The roller mop has a sponge that absorbs water, and a lever that squeezes the sponge and removes the absorbed water. The sponge should be replaced sporadically with a refill.
The broom mop came to replace ordinary brooms once and for all, because the conventional mop of cotton, microfiber or wool is not always recommended, without prior cleaning, using the broom to collect dirt and hair strands.
This model sweeps, aspirates and collects waste automatically in a container attached to the broom, which must then be disposed of directly in the trash. The cable size is also adjustable and it makes no noise.
The sheep wool mop is recommended to polish the floor or car with wax or other products that give shine. This type of mop guarantees more uniformity in the application and does not release lint, which results in a homogeneous finish. Because of the material, the wool mop can be machine washed and lasts up to 300 uses.
The glass mop is the ideal model for cleaning windows, as it has a long, light handle that reaches higher and more difficult places to clean.
On the one hand it has foam to clean the glass that does not scratch or damage the surface. On the other he has a wheel to dry the glass. See how easy and practical it is to use this model on the Tu organizas channel by Nina Braz:
The dust mop has fibers made of cotton, acrylic or microfiber, three materials with great absorption capacity, and indicated for removing dust. This model takes the dust off the floor without lifting or spreading it.
Because of the mobility of the base, the dust mop reaches places that are difficult to access, such as under furniture or extremities.
The spray mop is the most modern model. It has a reservoir near the base that serves to place cleaning products, which are released during cleaning in spray splashes triggered by a manual device on the mop handle.
The base is made of microfiber and this model can be used on cold floors, with synthetic or natural raw material. Watch a comparison video on the channel ‘Organize without Freshness!’ between conventional and spray mop:
Electric mop or mop?
The electric mop is also a type of mop, it has a very similar structure, with a microfiber handle and refill, cotton or soft bristles at the tip.
The difference is that you only need to activate the rotation function and position it in the places you want to clean.
This model has a rechargeable battery, lasting about an hour and comes with a cable for charging. The engine has a capacity of up to 300 RPM (revolutions per minute).
We prepared a table comparing the main differences and similarities between the conventional mop and the electric mop, check below:
Some factors influence the price of a mop, such as the capacity in liters of the bucket, if it has a centrifuge, what are the materials for manufacturing the piece, if there is a dispenser to place other utensils and cleaning products, etc.
The cheapest costs from R $ 50, there are excellent models that cost up to R $ 100. But, you can also invest in equipment with more equipment that can cost up to R $ 600.
Where to buy?
You can find the mop in supermarkets, in the furniture and appliance store. But, with that, you won’t even need to leave the comfort of your home to buy one. We recommend some e-commerces (virtual stores) such as Amazon.
The Amazon site is one of the best, there you can search by departments, compare models, brands and prices, look at various images of the product and read the comments of people who have already purchased the product.
Did you know that the mop was invented by Cassius White in 1875 in the United States? White wanted to perfect an ordinary broom and make it more practical to use, which is why he started adding cotton to the end of the wooden handle.
The invention was a success with friends, so the inventor started to make some models by hand and with the help of his children. 30 years later, he opened the first factory, the White Mop, and the mop is a success today.
Purchasing criteria: Factors to compare and qualify the different models of Mop
Are you looking to buy a mop, but don’t know which model to choose? Don’t worry, as we are going to talk about the main buying criteria, that is, what you should take into account when choosing a mop model. Are they:
- Mop fabric
- Bucket capacity
- Part manufacturing material
- Extra features
Now we are going to detail each of the items mentioned above, so you don’t have any doubts and can choose a piece of equipment that best meets your needs.
The mops use high performance fabrics as the raw material for the mop, they are very efficient in absorbing dirt and liquid residues and very easy to centrifuge.
Mops can be made of synthetic or natural fibers.
Some models come with the base and several options of refills, while others are suitable for certain types of cleaning and surfaces and therefore use only one type of fabric.
We will divide this topic into two parts, to better explain the origin and types of natural and synthetic fibers. At the end, we will detail which are the best for each case, so that you do not make a mistake in the purchase.
Synthetic fiber refills are resistant, easy to assemble and dry quickly. One of the most used types is microfiber, which originates from the junction of polyester and polyamide (nylon), and when joined together they create a fiber capable of absorbing moisture, dirt and debris.
Another advantage of microfiber is that nylon creates a static charge that attracts dirt and holds it inside the fabric until it is washed.
Acrylic fiber is another type of synthetic fiber, very similar to cotton, which can be washed without damaging the shape, is resistant to mold, mold, oil, chemicals and sunlight.
Natural fibers are made from raw materials of vegetable origin such as cotton or animal origin such as sheep’s wool.
Cotton is one of the most used types as it offers softness and smoothness and can be used on dry or wet surfaces. Sheep wool is used to polish floors and surfaces.
Now, what you need to think about is, “In what situations am I going to use the mop?” If you use it to clean cold floors, opt for cotton, synthetic fibers or dense foam with high absorption power.
If the intention is to remove dust, cotton and microfiber fabrics are highly recommended, as they absorb dirt without raising dust in the air or on furniture. To shine and wax floors and car bodywork, opt for a sheep wool Mop.
Finally, choose models with a soft sponge to clean glass and dry floors and abrasive sponges to remove dirt impregnated with rustic floors like cement, natural stones, among others.
Generally, the conventional mop comes with two compartments, one to place the clean water with cleaning product and the other with the centrifuge, just to remove excess water from the fabric fibers.
In some cases the water that will be used for cleaning and the centrifuge are in the same room and the other room serves only as a dispenser to store other equipment and cleaning products.
In any case, the buckets have different liter capacities from each other. The most basic model supports only five liters, while larger ones support 10 to 20 liters.
Even the smallest models are very practical, because with the mop you don’t have to change the water frequently. Opt for a model that best meets the needs of the size of the place you are going to clean.
Part manufacturing material
The material of the bucket will always be PVC or ABS plastic, but it is important to choose the material of the centrifuge well. As it is a metal part that will be in frequent contact with water and strong chemicals, this part must be made of stainless steel, as it does not rust.
Regarding the cleaning refill material, there are options with natural and synthetic fibers, we detail which types are more suitable according to the type of cleaning and surface that will be cleaned, read in the first topic of this section.
The conventional mop can have several extra features, which make cleaning easier and faster. The height-adjustable cable is an almost fundamental requirement in the mop, because it helps to clean even the most difficult places without harming your spine.
Another very useful piece is the pedal to attach and release the mop from the centrifuge. To use it, simply position the mop, lock with the pedal, activate the centrifuge device (usually on the cable itself) and then unlock using the pedal again.
To eliminate dirty water after cleaning, some models come with a lid at the bottom of the bucket, just open directly into the drain, without having to come into contact with dirt.
The carrying handle is also very useful for moving the mop from one room to another. Some models also have wheels on all four ends.
Finally, the anti-mold support for aerating the refill and preventing the proliferation of fungi and bacteria is also very advantageous. But remember, after using the mop you must wash it and let it dry before using it again.