For those newly installed vinyl floors, be sure to have on hand two types of mops: dry microfiber mop and wet mop.
Dry microfiber mops do a splendid job of picking up dust and dirt in corners, under furniture, and around floor lamps. These can be used every day or a few times a week. Ideally, wet mops can be used monthly or bi-monthly, or on occasions when there is persistent residue in an area. All that’s needed is water and a few splashes of simple surface-cleaning solution.

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Wet Mops

When a floor looks dirty and dull or feels sticky, it’s certainly time to get out the wet mops. After a thorough sweep, dust-mop, or vacuum—and perhaps some spot-cleaning if sticky spots are truly off-the-charts—use one of today’s handy, lightweight wet mops to get that surface spic-and-span clean. Unlike yesteryear’s heavy and awkward rope mops, today’s models use better elements to more quickly and effectively rid the floor of dust, marks, and grime. Prices range widely, and so do the mop-head components. They include excellent microfiber-strip models, sponge versions, chenille scrubbers, fabric twist mops, and sprayable devices with disposable wiping cloths. Depending on your needs and preferences, you may decide on a flat-head sponge or a wringing bucket with microfiber mop.

To make clean-up more convenient, many mop heads are even machine washable. Others have disposable components that can be easily replaced. On wringing wet mops, before you buy, make sure you can comfortably use and handle the wringing mechanism. This will make it more pleasant to complete mopping tasks as you frequently eliminate excess water and squeeze out floor dirt to freshen up the mop head. Some wringers are part of the handle or head, while others use simple in-bucket wringing. Happy mopping—enjoy that gleaming floor.

Dust Mops

One of the main challenges homeowners have mentioned in recent years, as trends in home flooring moved away from wall-to-wall carpeting and more toward hard flooring designs, is the battle against dust buildup. Of course, those who’ve lived with traditional wood flooring or tile for years know all about it; and, those who have installed new versions of these or vinyl, marble, or stone now join in the mission to keep floor dust under control. It’s all about regular use of a sturdy, reliable dust mop. Thankfully, there are many helpful dust mops on the market that can keep the low-dust goals within reach.

Anyone with allergies or easy sneezers in the house will surely appreciate your efforts. Get rid of the dust bunnies, cobwebs, corner dirt, and fuzz gathering along the floorboards and underneath furniture with a swift and easy swipe using a mop head with microfiber loops, light wool strands, cotton yarn bundles, or washable (or disposable) microfiber cloths. Use these with or without a spritz of dusting cleaner, and simply glide the mop heads across the dusty spaces for a freshened up floor. Some models have built-in spritzers, and others have both dry mop and wet mop functionality. There are even dust mops made just to clean corners, as these spots tend to have the heaviest dust and fluff buildup in a room.

Steam Mops

Keep those hard-working, beautiful hard floors looking exceptionally tidy by regularly using one of today’s powerful steam mops. They require far less effort than manual mopping, and do the job remarkably well. Advanced technology has improved steam mops in recent years so their features and functionality are even quite fun to use. They use optimal heat temperatures to sanitize surfaces, which means they usually don’t need a lot of accompanying cleaning solvents to achieve a stellar result. Many families with children, pets, or sensitivity to scents appreciate this helpful feature. The heated steam provides both cleaning power and stain removal capabilities.

No more bending down to scrub until you’re exhausted. Simply glide the steam mop over a tough mark or stain, and it can get it out incredibly fast. Steam mop users like how easy it is to use the tool—all you need is a full tank of water and a fresh cloth head, usually washable or disposable, and you are all set. After gliding the steam mop through the whole space, the floor dries extremely fast and is ready to walk upon soon after. What a relief for especially busy areas of the house like the kitchen and bathrooms. Enjoy that pristine, steam-cleaned surface.

Mop Buckets

For those who haven’t mopped a floor, they may think all mop buckets are the same. It’s certainly one of those cleaning tools that only gets appreciated fully when you’ve used a version that stands apart from the rest. A mop bucket that can make the job easier, better, faster, and tidier is a true gem. And there have been some nice improvements on the market in recent years. There are buckets with smooth and easy foot-powered or side-handle wringing systems that help you get into a fantastic groove as you’re moving around and getting that floor in lovely condition. Some manufacturers sell the mop and bucket set as a full cleaning system, with a nice and light microfiber or sponge mop head that fits perfectly in the bucket, whether it has its own wringing system or the bucket is open and the wringer is on the mop itself.

Either way, if the set keeps your hands away from the dirty water and mop debris, it’s a welcome system. When looking for mop buckets on their own or as a mop-duo, find one that appears durable and sturdy, able to withstand years of handling, messy jobs, and wear-and-tear. Look for comfortable handles or helpful rolling casters, and ensure it’s the right size for your flooring needs—more expansive rooms would need a larger bucket unless you plan on refreshing it frequently.

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