February 24

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Flat Mops – Are They Actually a Flat Flop? (Are They Good)

We’ve come a long way from boiling water getting down on our hands and knees and scrubbing the kitchen.

We transitioned to our mom’s favorite raggedy mop with its dread like strands pushing the sudsy water around.

To the new sleek flat mops with their minimalistic approach makes us wonder why we would ever go back?

However, there are a few flaws that need to be thought about before you start your Saturday morning routine.

​Cleanliness

With their small square microfiber pads, it is great at getting those 90-degree angles to make sure the

corners of your floor are clean. Still, what about those spots in our kitchen and bathrooms that it doesn’t fit?

Never touching that spot, I suppose, is an option. Nonetheless, those germs will be creeping over your clean floors in a matter of a couple of hours.

It’s best not to throw your mom’s hands and knees technique out the window just yet.

Start your cleaning by getting those spots first. Grab Your rubber gloves, cleaner, and cleaning brush scrub those tough spots and make sure any grime is washed away before you bring in that perfectly square flat mop.

Residue tends to also be a follower of the flat mops. You have scrubbing power yet not in a way as the old raggedy dread mops had or how cleaning brushes do.

When finished cleaning with your flat mop. Take a dry towel and go over the floor for a dry and residue-free finish.

Tip: You can add fragrances or scents to mops. It can add a plus points to mopping.

​Microfiber problem

With most flat mops their preferred companion is the microfiber cloth that wraps around the bottom. Microfiber will hungrily grab at any dust particles, germs, lint, and so much more.

Which is what you want right! Yes, however, if you do not clean your microfiber fabric appropriately it will not only make your flat mop inefficient but will take the germs you picked up and spread them all over your laundry when you throw it in the wash.

When you finish up your floors and you have build-up on your microfiber cloth.

The best way to ensure a good wash without ruining your microfiber cloth is to fill your sink up with cold water along with a mild detergent.

Handwash your microfiber cloth to make sure the grime comes out of the actual microfibers.

Add a touch of your preferred vinegar to help cut any smells your cloth has.

To dry the cloth so it holds up too many uses. Layout to dry or throw it in your dryer on low heat. High heat will harm the delicate fibers.

Avoid bleach while cleaning or washing your Microfiber. Bleach is a harsh chemical that will break down your microfiber and will “clog” your microfiber up and make it less effective.

If you do decide to wash the microfiber in your washing machine. Avoid all fabric softener, baking soda, and warm water.

A cupful or two of vinegar with cold cycle should work well enough.

​Environmental Impact

Some flat mops come with an attached spray cleaner that will come directly from the mop itself.

Seems way easier than lugging around a large bucket of water and chemicals, right?

But what is in these cleaners?

Have you ever read the ingredients?

Most have a certain amount of bleach in them which as we now know can ruin your microfiber. There is also the environmental impact these have.

We could go on all day about the different impacts some chemicals have in our home and how they get into our waterways. Which has a trickle-down effect to our plants, and animals.

The EPA has released its Safe Choice Label on products that create a safer home.

They have comprised a list along with a diagram to explain different chemicals. You can read more about it on their website.

https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/learn-about-safer-choice-label

Some flat mop designs come in a way that only their company’s cleaner works with the mop.

Now, this is not because the company thinks they have the superior cleaner. It is because they want your money.

Nothing more. They take control of your dollar when you don’t even realize it. Until it’s time to buy the cleaner’s refillable jug.

Take back the power of your dollar. Don’t let a company corner you into a purchase.

Every dollar you spend is a vote cast for the type of world you want. Th​ere are many types of mops which is designed for specific floor type.

A Knock-off of a Classic?

Flat mops as we discuss are perfect for those 90-degree angles and their microfiber counterparts grab all the things you want them too.

Nevertheless, are they just a close relative to an even better cleaning tool? Yes, they are. The Cuban Mop.

It is a simple “T” design of two wooden dowels. Simple, effective, and been around for generations. The Cuban mop cleans like nobody’s business.

The Cuban mops are making a comeback not only for their design but because you get even more control of what cleaner you want to use. This is where you can decide what cloth material you want to clean.

Which is nice if hand washing microfiber isn’t your forte.

You get control back with your money by purchasing what you want not what that company demands.

This mop can not only get your 90-degree angles but also can be a wet or dry mop. Because you’re in control.

Douse your cloth in your preferred cleaner. Wrap around the “T” dowel and you’re ready to clean.

The Cuban mop is narrower so that 2-inch gap that is between your cabinet and fridge that you know you’ve never cleaned before is now a piece of cake... literally, you have cake crumbs back there.

When you’re finished pull the cloth off and throw it in the wash. Simple as that. The Cuban mop picks up where the flat mop slacks.

​Final Words

Don’t get me wrong, the flat mop is a great tool to have in your cleaner toolkit.

However, it isn’t as perfect as large marketing ads make us think.

As you prep for your Saturday morning cleaning routine take a look at more than just your corners and take a peek at that 2-inch gap between your counters.

About the author

Samantha Morgan

I am a stay at home mom who loves to have everything spotless. The story behind this site is that I wanted to buy a mop and I did lots of research for it. I found that I could provide a better voice to this subject as there are no or very fewer people talking about the mops.


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