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Floor mops are an ideal alternative to a hoover, which is often noisy and takes up space and is not always available. At the same time, a good floor mop also has a much greater flexibility that makes cleaning your home easier and more effective. Nowadays, there are a variety of different floor mops that offer different possibilities.

In our big floor mop test 2021, we want to help you find the perfect floor mop for you to finally be able to clean your home comfortably, quickly and in a way that is easy on your back. For this purpose, we have compared various floor mops with different areas of application and want to show you the advantages and disadvantages of each floor mop.




Summary

  • Floor mops allow you to clean your home quickly, effectively and without straining your back or making a lot of noise.
  • Basically, floor mops can be divided into wet and dry, but on closer inspection there are many different models for different areas of application.
  • Thanks to modern technology and sophisticated designs of today's floor mops, you can clean difficult places such as behind the couch or under the bed thoroughly and cleanly.

The Best Floor Mop: Our Choices

There are many different types and models of floor mops. But not all of them have the same quality and the same outstanding features. In the following section, we have picked out the best floor mops in various categories to help you make the best decision.

Floor Mop: Buying and Evaluation Criteria

In the following section, we want to show you what you should look for before buying a floor mop in order to find the product that best suits your ideas and expectations. You should pay particular attention to the following:

In the following paragraphs, we will go into these criteria in detail.

Material

As with most other products, there are also different models of floor mops that use different materials. The most common materials for floor mops on the market are:

  • Plastic
  • Aluminium
  • Steel

Depending on the material, a floor mop has a different weight and durability.

Basically, the higher the quality, the longer the service life.

Normally, the higher the quality, the greater the flexibility and suitability for hard-to-reach areas.

Regardless of the material, whether plastic or metal, the floor mop is very flexible and can be rotated, making it ideal for getting into difficult places such as under the couch.

Wet or dry

When deciding whether you prefer a wet floor mop or a dry floor mop, you need to think about what you want to use the floor mop for. Dry floor mops are usually cheaper and offer the option of using a model with cleaning cloths for quick and superficial removal of dust and dirt.

Wet floor mops, on the other hand, are more expensive and require regular cleaning, although the mop covers can easily be washed in the washing machine. Wet floor mops come in a variety of different models that can be used in different ways. We will come to this in a later part of our guide.

Wet floor mops are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting floors more thoroughly.

Wet floor mops are responsible for the more thorough cleaning and disinfection of various floors.

Therefore, wet floor mops should be used after the weekly vacuuming or dusting in your home to ensure a thorough cleaning.

When using disinfectants and strong cleaning agents, make sure that they are not too corrosive, as they may attack the fibres of the mop cover.

Accessories

As already mentioned, there are different types of floor mops that can be used in different ways.

An important part of these types is the accessories, which are either supplied in a set or can be purchased externally.

In the case of dry floor mops, the designs are limited and are more or less restricted to the various cleaning cloths which, depending on the quality, collect and hold the dust until they are disposed of.

For wet floor mops, there are several types of accessories that can make use easier or more effective.

  • Bucket: The most familiar accessory here is the bucket with wringing function, which ensures that the floor does not get too wet and slippery when mopping.
  • Tanks: Another accessory is a small tank that can be attached to the mop and filled with cleaning agent.

These two accessories are the most common floor mop accessories available today. Both have advantages and disadvantages depending on your preferences.

Features

The wet floor mop with bucket is a well-known accessory that many households used in the past. They used to take up a lot of space. The more modern form of the bucket is the floor mop with spray function, where cleaning agent can be filled directly into a tank on the mop and distributed on the floor at the touch of a button while you mop.

Nowadays, there are also electronic versions of the floor mop that can perform the tasks of a complete cleaning.

These models combine the advantages of floor mops, mops and wringers and do not require a direct power supply but run on batteries.

Floor Mop: Frequently asked Questions and Answers

In the following section, we have thought about how we can best support you in your purchase decision. For this purpose, we have looked at frequently asked questions, summarised them briefly and answered them here.

What is a floor mop?

When was the last time you used a hoover to clean your home from room to room every week and noticed afterwards that there were stains left that could not be easily removed?

This is where the floor mop comes in, because a floor mop helps clean tiles, wooden floors, laminate, PVC and parquet. The movable rod and the joints that can be turned in all directions ensure a high level of user comfort.

Another advantage over hoovers, besides the deeper cleaning of stains and other impurities, is the fact that no electricity is needed and there is no similar noise level. So if noise-sensitive people, babies and children need their peace and quiet in your home, a floor mop offers a welcome alternative.

What types of floor mops are there?

If you are thinking about buying a floor mop, you should also consider which model suits you and your needs best. For this purpose, we have selected the most common types that you can find on the market and what advantages and disadvantages they offer:

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Wet floor mop Ideal for removing stains, Can be used on a variety of surfaces, Comfortable to use Wet floor, Slip hazard
Dry floor mop ideal for removing dust, quieter than hoover mop blades need to be changed more often

A dry floor mop can remove dust and the like very effectively these days thanks to modern technology. A wet mop, on the other hand, is ideal for removing stains and cleaning the floor more deeply.

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A good floor mop can be used to complete thorough cleanings. (Image source: yudy chainy / Unsplash)

The biggest advantage of floor mops is that they are not dependent on the electricity grid and are less noisy. Another advantage is the lightness of a floor mop and the fact that you can remove small dirt particles more quickly.

How much does a floor mop cost?

There are many different types of floor mops, both simple and more luxurious. Accordingly, the price varies greatly from model to model. A simple dry floor mop can be purchased for as little as 18 euros.

A wet floor mop costs depending on the accessories and model, whether electric or analogue, with spray function or without. The simplest version costs between 20 and 30 euros. Variants with a spray function are available from 25 euros. Models with an accompanying bucket cost between 30 and 40 euros. The electric versions can cost between 50 and 400 euros.

Type Price range
Dry floor mop 15 to 20 euros
Wet floor mop 20 to 30 euros
Wet floor mop with bucket 30 to 40 Euro
Wet floor mop with spray function 25 to 50 Euro
Electric floor mop 50 to 400 Euro

You should pay particular attention to personal use and the quality of the floor mop. There are versions made of metal or plastic, whereby the metal model has a much longer service life but therefore costs more. It is best to consider how often and intensively you want to use the floor mop and then decide how much you are willing to invest.

What are the alternatives to a floor mop?

There are other ways to keep your home free of dust and stains. These have their advantages and disadvantages, just like the floor mop. In the following part, we will show you the alternative possibilities.

Type Description
Vacuum cleaner Vacuum cleaners are very effective at removing dust, but (in most cases) require a connection to the mains and have a higher noise level
Steam cleaners Steam cleaners provide a basic deep clean of your floors and are particularly effective on stubborn stains and dirt, but are expensive to buy and require a lot of storage space

Both alternatives have their advantages and disadvantages. For houses and larger areas, hoovers and steam cleaners seem to have their advantages. For flats, smaller rooms and when you just want to clean quickly, floor mops are more suitable.

How do I know which floor mop I need?

When buying a floor mop, the most important thing is what kind of floor you have in your home. Floor mops are most effective on wooden floors, laminate, tiles, PVC and parquet. You have different options that are designed for different needs.

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Floor mops are a quick and easy way to clean floors thoroughly. (Image source: Adli Wahid / Unsplash)

Depending on whether you want to use the floor mop to remove dust, especially in narrow areas such as behind the sofa or under the bed, a dry floor mop that is particularly dust-attracting makes the most sense. However, if you want to remove stains and impurities or disinfect the floor after dusting, then the wet floor mop makes more sense for you.

Whether electric, with a bucket, with a spray function, made of metal or plastic depends entirely on your personal preference and the area of use for the floor mop.

How do I clean a floor mop?

When using a floor mop, it is important to remember that it must also be cleaned thoroughly, otherwise dust or, in the worst case, bacteria could be spread throughout your home. The easiest way is to either dispose of the floor cloths. Especially with dry floor mops, floor cloths are offered in addition.

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The easiest way to clean mop covers is to put them in the washing machine. (Image source: Lee Kurth / Unsplash)

For wet floor mops, the easiest way to thoroughly clean them is to put the covers in the washing machine and add a disinfectant to ensure thorough cleanliness. Then simply leave to dry with the rest of the laundry and the floor mop can be used again.

Conclusion

With the help of a floor mop, you can clean large areas of your home. Whether dust, dirt or stains, almost all dirt can be removed without much effort and without backache. The distinction between wet and dry floor mops is only very rough, the selection of different models is nowadays very large and can be perfectly adapted to your needs.

At the same time, sophisticated designs and the latest technology mean that even the hard-to-reach places are not neglected, so you can clean thoroughly even under the bed or behind the couch. The floor mop is therefore an optimal all-round tool for keeping your home clean.

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