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Microfiber Mop: Which Type? Where to Buy? How to Get the Most Out of It?

Whether you’re perusing the aisles of your local department store or scrolling for hours online, the options for buying a new mop are seemingly endless. With thousands of designs, fabric and material options, manufacturers, bloggers, and countless conflicting promises being made by all, it's easy to find yourself overwhelmed to the point of paralysis.

And we haven't even gotten into the real kicker: the price of ignorance. Investing in mop after mop based on empty claims, only to have them underperform and break, can really add up, especially when you factor in all the wasted time mopping slowly and poorly with subpar products.

The good news is, thanks to this article, you're about to avoid all of that (or break free if you're currently trapped in the cycle). This ultimate microfiber mop selection guide was created by Microfiber Wholesales’ full-time cleaning expert, Melissa Homer, a 20-year professional cleaning industry veteran who has tested countless mops as part of her consulting work for some of the largest professional cleaning franchises in North America.

Trust us and bookmark this page NOW because we’ll cover everything from why getting a microfiber mop matters, which ones you need for which floors, and how to get the most out of them!

Why Microfiber Matters?!

 

If you’re on this page, it means you heard somewhere that you should get a microfiber mop, but most people really don’t understand why! We’ve got too much to cover for a deep dive, so follow the link if you want to know the complete science behind why microfiber is so special. To sum it up here, microfiber fabric is made of fibers that are so thin, it takes 1000 to equal the thickness of 1 cotton fiber! Those fibers make an impossibly intricate fabric with tons of surface area, friction, and tiny spots for dirt to lodge in and get trapped. This allows high-quality microfiber to capture 99.5% of dirt and bacteria, more than any other wiping medium.

These unique properties allow microfiber mops to outperform ALL of their floor-cleaning predecessors:

 

  • Cotton string mops: Cotton mops only pick up 67% of dirt and germs, dropping an abysmal 33% of it back on your floors as you work. Even worse, they’re hard to launder and dry, so they tend to be smelly germ jamborees, and the mop heads only last around 20 washes!
  • Sponge mops:  Sponges are notorious for harboring bacteria due to their slow dry times. Sponge mops cannot be fully laundered and require extra steps to sanitize, so they spread more germs than clean. This, combined with their easy tearing and expected wear life of six months, makes them a no-go.
  • Disposable mops: Though convenient, disposable mops are murder to the environment, your wallet, and your floors. Disposable pads cannot be recycled, so millions fill landfills every year! Worst of all, they’re expensive and can easily leave dirt behind and flood wood and laminate floors if not used carefully.
  • Steam mops: On the surface, steam mops seem like an upgrade, but when you factor in the expense, their proneness to breaking, and their safety risks, it’s clear they’re more hassle than help. Steam mops cause skin burns and permanent scorch marks on floors if not used correctly and can easily clog and break without frequent and careful maintenance.

So what exactly makes Microfiber Mops superior? Microfiber technology traps and removes more dirt, grime, and bacteria with just water, reducing the need for harsh chemicals (neglected floors can be cleaned with less soap too). Microfiber mops are also incredibly durable and quick to dry, so they can last hundreds of washes and harbor fewer germs. Best of all, because microfiber traps more dirt, it leaves fewer streaks and cleans faster, so you can mop quicker and leave floors shinier than any other type of mop you’ve used!

Which Microfiber Mop for Which Floors?

 

Now that you’ve narrowed your search to microfiber mops, next comes understanding which mops are best for which types of floors and soils. While there are many factors to consider, we highlight the key differences below:

 

  • Microfiber Dust Mops: Microfiber dust mops are more effective than any broom and more agile than any vacuum. Silently captures even the finest dust without kicking allergens into the air. Use these pads to sweep up dirt, pet hair, crumbs, and more off any hard flooring.
  • Microfiber Tube Mops: Tube mops are the modern answer to the antiquated cotton string mop, so they are perfect for sopping up big spills and messes and can be used with any standard commercial wringer. Great for larger commercial floors like restaurant kitchens and rough or uneven floors like concrete.
  • Microfiber Wet Flat Mops: Flat mops are the easiest and most versatile option because they easily swivel and glide on hard floors while fitting under furniture in narrow spaces. Available in various widths, they are perfect for everything from VCT tile school hallways to hardwood floors at home. The key is to select the right pad for the right surfaces
    • Wet Glide Mop Pads: These are the go-to mop pads for all standard hard floors requiring routine care, including hardwood floors, VCT tiles, and laminate floors.
    • Scrubber Mop Pads: These pads are ideal for any deep cleaning and restoration work that needs to be done to smooth floors like laminates, VCT tiles, and wood. Also great for pet slobber.
    • Chenille Mop Pad: These pads are designed to tack and the floor challenges flat mops traditionally struggled with. They are perfect for uneven floors, tile floors with recessed grout, and stone floors. They can also be used as a duster, cleaning air vents, baseboards, and more.
  • Microfiber Spin Mops: While gaining a lot of notoriety thanks to their easy wring buckets, spin mops are sadly one of the few microfiber mops you should actively avoid. Spin mops sacrifice both wear life, safety, and speed just to spin. The refill heads only last three months versus 300+ washes with premium flat pads. The heads hold too much water, even when spun, risking damage to hardwood floors and laminates. Worst of all, due to their small size, they take 3X as long to clean the same area as a traditional 18” flat microfiber mop.

Why Does Where You Buy Your Mop Matter?

 

You're probably thinking, "Microfiber is microfiber, like a bag of sugar or any other commodity, so I’m just hunting for the best deal, right?!” Sadly nothing could be further from the truth, as many a miserable maid has discovered the hard way. Microfiber is NOT a commodity, with different manufacturers varying the thinness of their fibers, the number of fibers per square inch, the sewing workmanship, and the durability of the hardware wildly from brand to brand!  

In the specific case of mops, the brand matters even more, as a great mop with durable hardware and well-made pads can last for years, but a bargain retail toy can fall apart in a matter of months or even weeks! What is saddest of all is when you do the math, these seemingly cheaper options are vastly more expensive. For example, a cheap mop set might be $20 versus $35 for a high-quality kit. Still, for that $15 “savings,” the bargain brands took away 40% of the microfiber in the pad (300 gsm vs. 470 gms) and 3X the wear life (100 washes vs. 300+), so the unsuspecting buyer ends up paying more for labor AND more for replacement pads!

Enter Microfiber Wholesale, a 75-year-old family business headquartered in California. As a manufacturer of premium commercial-grade microfiber products, they have focused for generations on creating incredible quality and cutting-edge designs that keep their customers loyal for decades at a time, becoming the trusted resource of some of the largest residential cleaning franchises, universities, car wash chains, and hospitals in North America.

But what's the best part? Microfiber Wholesale’s top-notch tools aren't exclusive to big businesses; they're accessible to everyone: home consumers, small businesses, and large chains alike. Simply put, if you want a really well-made mop that will last for years and is made by a company that actually answers their phones and stands behind their product, you just found it.

Maximizing Your Microfiber Mop

 

To make your mop last, proper care is crucial. Check out our guides on the proper laundry care for microfiber to ensure you get the maximum wear life out of your mop pads. If you are unsure which floor cleaners to pair with your new mop, be sure to read our definitive guide to the Best Floor Cleaner for Every Type of Floor. If your mopping technique could use a brush-up, polish your skills with our How to Mop like a Pro guide, full of tips and tricks the Pros use to get the best results fast!

So, are you ready to level up your mop routine?! With the perfect microfiber mop from your trusted friends at Microfiber Wholesale, you're about to transform mopping from a chore into an experience! With the right microfiber mop in your arsenal, you can make mopping easier, faster, more effective, and more affordable than ever before. So, what are you waiting for? Embrace the change, start your journey to a cleaner home today with Microfiber Wholesale, and let your floors shine in all their glory!

Microfiber Mop System

  • 2 x 18" Microfiber Wet Mop Pads

  • 1 x 18" Mojave Microfiber Dust Mop Pad

  • 1 x Heavy-Duty Telescoping Aluminum Mop Handle 42” to 70”

  • 1 x 18" Angle Microfiber Mop Frame

Microfiber Mucho Mop

  • 2 x 18" Chenille Microfiber Mucho Mop Pads

  • 1 x Telescoping Aluminum Mop Handle 42” to 70”

  • 1 x 18" Angle Microfiber Mop Frame

Microfiber Pro Mop

  • 2 x 18" Microfiber Pro Wet Mop Pads

  • 1 x 18" Mojave Microfiber Dust Mop Pad

  • 1 x Heavy-Duty Telescoping Aluminum Mop Handle 42” to 70”

  • 1 x 18" Angle Microfiber Mop Frame

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