February 24

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How To Store Wet Dirty Mops (+Prevent Gems & Bacteria)

Mops are used to clean floors, and to wipe either wet or liquid substances on the floor.  There are three common types of wet mops depending on the choice of work or desires.

These are:

Cut end wet mop head, Looped end wet mop head, and Microfiber wet mop head.

1. ​Cut end wet mop head

​Cut end wet mop heads are the most common type of mops because they are least expensive and can be easily disposed of.

End wet mops easily absorb liquids (absorbent) but can be used to cover a limited space. They are not durable and cannot be laundered.

2. ​Looped wet mop head

​Looped wet mop heads are considered as the type of wet mops that have a moderate price and are durable.

This quality of looped wet mops makes it more accepted by users than cut-end wet mops head. 

Looped wet mops easily prevent unraveling of thread across the mopped surfaces.

They are washed by machine apart from other products such as cotton and poly cotton looped wet mops types.

3. ​Microfiber wet mop head

​Microfiber wet mop head is the best type of wet mops. They are made from polyester and polyamide for easy collection of specks of dirt until they are washed.

They can be used multiple times without degrading. They are hypoallergenic to users. Microfiber wet mops usually absorb liquid up to seven times its normal weight.

Microfiber wet mops are of light weight and are not designed to handle heavy cleaning works.

There are various wet mop accessories to ensure proper organization, cleaning, and convenience for the safety of the users.

Wet mop accessories are mop buckets, wet floors signals, mops, and broom racks and mop handles.

Colored coded wet mops heads have some cleaning advantages due to its excellent ability to prevent contamination of others surfaces by gems and bacteria.

Bear in mind that, ​the process of storing dry mops is different.

​Care and Storage of Dirty wet mops

Mops are effective tools for cleaning the surface (floors) with a clothed mouth attached to a wooden or steel long-handle.

Wet mop heads are exposed to germs and bacteria if not properly washed and maintained before and after use.

Thus, there are needs for proper cleaning, maintenance, and storage of wet mops. Wet dirty mops are mops that are used as well as mops that are not yet washed after use.

  • ​Dirty wet mop must be properly cleaned, maintained and stored before, during, and after use to avoid gems and to prolong its durability.
  • Before use, properly clean the head of the mop in warm water, to ensure any leftover chemicals are rinsed out. This cleaning before use is done to avoid and reduce the risk of contamination of chemicals carried from previous mopped surfaces which can be of great hazard to the new environment or the users.
  • Avoid twisting of mops head when dipped in the mop wringer to prevent land boarding of waters
  • Always strive to take good care of the Mops after each use. After use, wet mops head should be washed with soap and rinse in clean water. With this, the Mop will be devoid of germs and all forms of dirt.
  • After mopping, spend sometime to soak the dirty wet mop head in warm water for some minutes before proper cleansing and rinsing of the mop. Also, this us done to prevent the dirty mop head from contaminated chemicals. 
  • Never leave dirty mop head in water over a long period or overnight. If you do this, then you are simply turning your Mop into a breeding place for germs. The Mop when left inside water for a long time can breed bacteria, mold or mildew. It can also weaken the strength of the mop fibers.
  • After proper washing and cleaning, drying processes, store the wet mop by hanging it with its head up to prevent the mop head from forming mold.
  • Never use bleaching agents when using or washing microfiber wet mop. The use of bleach can quickly damage the fibers. To this effect, disinfectants are hereby recommended for washing microfiber wet mops and other types of wet mop heads. You can try to soften mop head time to time to avoid these.
  • Washed wet mops can be placed outside the doors to get it dried in the sun.
  • Avoid storing wet mops heads in a closed space such as cupboards, sacks or even in a small room. Wet mops should be left stored in a well-spacious and ventilated environment.
  • Avoid keeping wet mops head inside the mop buckets or storing them against the floor. 
  • Proper washing of wet mops helps to prolong their lives. Don't rush! Spend ample time in scrubbing the ​mop. 
  • When washing through the use of a laundry machine, it is advisable to remove the dirty wet mop head to ensure proper washing, cleaning and to prevent the mop handle from been destroyed.

​Procedure for Proper Mopping

  • ​Proper arrangement of intend mopping areas.
  • Sweep the Intend mopping area lightly before mopping.
  • Open the windows or doors to allow natural air circulation in the mopped areas or air conditioning as the case may be.
  • Always place caution signals around when mopping to avoid accidents 
  • Avoid wet mopping. Mop in a way to ensure that the area mopped will get dried easily
  • Mop any area in ‘figure 8’ pattern to ensuring proper cleaning of the area mopped
  • After mopping, remove all caution signals and arranges the mopped areas
  • Use the appropriate type of wet mop head for a designated area.  

​Final Words

Wet mops are effective tools in ensuring a clean and dirt-free area. The need to know the procedure to mop, the types of wet mops available and proper cleaning, maintenance, and storage of wet mops is paramount.  

The ways dirty mop needs to be cleaned before and after use are carefully explained with the right procedure to store in a place devoid of germs and bacteria of any kind through the use of wet mops.

Hence, it is hereby concluded that dirty wet mops are not to be kept in a dirty state. Always strive to keep wet mops clean at all times.

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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