Dry Mop vs Wet Mop: What’s the Difference?

In an ideal world, dust, dirt, and spills do not exist and this whole dry mop vs wet mop conversation is unnecessary.

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 But alas, we live in a world where dirty floors are an annoying fact of life. Mud easily covers the floor, spilled coffee ruins your linoleum, and dust hardly ever leaves the confines of your floor surfaces no matter the season.

Mops exist to deal with these problems. Finding the right mop for your cleaning needs is clearly as important as owning an actual mop. It’s time for a showdown: dry mop vs wet mop.

Dry Mops

Dry mop fibers attract dust as well as dirt and hair. Microfiber mops are some of the most popular dry mop options. Dust mops, or dry mops, do not need any liquid as they are designed solely for dry surface cleaning.

Using Dry Mops

Dust mops are pretty straightforward and do not need anything else to clean off floors. Use them to sweep off floors, making sure to do a thorough run on the surface so it gets to nooks and crannies and removes every last bit of dust and other pollutants. After you’re done, shake off outside to remove dirt and dust from the mop.

Caring for Dry Mops

Caring for a dry mop is as straightforward as its usage. Shake off after use. Wash regularly based on the washing requirements of the specific fibers of your dust mops. Dry thoroughly to keep the integrity of the fibers.

Wet Mops

As its name clearly implies, wet mops are supposed to be wet and used on wet surfaces. Their main purpose is to clean up spills as well as to remove the gunk and dried off dust that have clung to the floor surface. They are also used to clean restroom and bathroom floors.

Using Wet Mops

Use wet mops with soapy water or liquid cleaning solution, prepared per manufacturer’s instructions. Keep a separate bucket with which to rinse off your wet mop before dipping the mop back into the cleaning solution so you are not spreading dirty water all over your floors. Avoid spilling too much water on the floor to lessen the risk of slip-and-fall accidents.

Polish off the floors with another wet mop to absorb the excess liquids off the floor.

Caring for Wet Mops

Wash your mop heads thoroughly to remove any debris and dirt as well as residue from the cleaning solution that can erode the mop fibers. Never leave the mop submerged in water. Allow the mop heads to dry properly to make sure they don’t grow mold, mildew, or become a breeding ground for bacteria. Never store mop heads wet or even moist as this can ruin your mop head fibers. Replace mop heads regularly to make sure you get optimum results with every use.

Dry Mop vs Wet Mop? You Need Both

Garden State Mat is the one-stop shop for your floor cleaning solution needs. Our mop rental services are everything you need to give your floors a longer-lasting clean. Contact us today at 800-486-1581 to get a free quote or to get connected with a consultant.

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