Microfiber Mops

Does the amount of mop water solution on the microfiber mop heads affects the cleaning ability?

Our employees wring out half the cleaning water solution or wring out no cleaning water solution on the microfiber mop heads before mopping the floors. They think that with more water, they can mop a larger area before they need to wring out the dirty water and get a new fresh cleaning solution using a dual
compartment mop bucket. Please comment.

  • Quality Cleaner,  I just posted a bulletin on this subject. greencleangci.tumblr.com/.../microfiber-cleaning

    Microfiber mopping tools will hold much more than most believe, even with very little water.  However, just like any other tool, once they have too much debris it will stop the microfiber from taking any more soils.  This is why the double bucket systems and microfiber work better.

    Would be honored to have you join me on our webinar next week.  


  • There is a lot to be considered when using a microfiber mop system. The first thing is to find a good mop frame, I have found the "Perfect Clean" mop frames to be outstanding, they are very durable, reasonably priced and have a life time warranty. The mop head itself is also important, many companies sell this product, you must do your research to find the best mop for the best price. You have a wide selection to choose from, some are very good some not so good. The most important thing is the cleaning of your mops. You need to check what process the manufacture suggests and then make sure that the mops are being laundered with this process. THis is why many mops loose their effectiveness. Gather your information and then ask who ever is laundering your mops what process they are using. The mops do not have to be soaked to perform well. Cleaning people who have cleaned with the string mops must be trained and educated about microfiber, so they understand mopping with microfiber is different than mopping with a string mop. You must also stress that microfiber mops pick up dirt, so they will be changing out the mops more than they rinsed out the old string mop. Changing microfiber mops more often is a good thing that means they are picking up dirt not speading it around with a string mop. Rubbermaid sells a microfiber mop bucket that allows you to place a small amount of cleaner in the bucket, turn it upside down for a couple of minutes and your mops are evenly saturated with the cleaner and you do not have to wring the mops before using them. I hope this helps.

  • In reply to HCA Tammy:

    I actually ended up purchasing the microfiber string style mops instead of retrofitting everything due to budget. They work well, but my crew mostly uses them on the damp side not on the wet side. All mops cotton or microfiber work best when they are clean no amount of rinse water will help a dirty mop.

  • In reply to steve:

    Steve, you are right.  This is why the microfiber mop will rinse out faster and better than any cotton mop.  I am myself liking the 'string style" too.  There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to microfiber.  Glad to see you made the first step!

  • In reply to David Thompson:

    Here is my ? about Microfiber Mops... this is based on a study see the link below.


    I get that the study was done on a tile floor, but do any of the principles apply to a vinyl floor ?

    I have always wondered if dragging a mop accross a germ filled floor, even if the mop is sprayed, soaked in a disinfectant, how much of the dirt & germs from the floor is picked up by the mop ? left behind ?

    Mop a vinyl floor with a microfiber mop, then wet the floor and squeegee it up, does the water look dirty or not clear ? I have done this test several times and I am amazed with waht I find.

    While microfiber mops are a good idea, perhaps we, I, are trying to mop too much of an area with just 1 pad ?

    Brad...the cleaner


  • In reply to Brad:

    Brad, the short answer is yes.  Everyone tries to mop more surface than we should before changing the pad, going to the rinse water and flushing the pad out.  This is human nature.  Using microfiber just does better since we do.


  • In reply to David Thompson:

    Mr Thompson

    Thank you for the video and your suggestion or answer regarding microfiber mops.

    Brad the cleaning guy


  • In reply to David Thompson:

    On big areas an autoscrubber works best for me, I think the days of mopping long halls are over. I am thinking about adding an kaivac omniflex to my custodians arsenal or a smaller autoscrubber. I did pick up a microfiber pad for my autoscrubber.

  • In reply to steve:

    Steve, you might want to take a look at this if you haven't already.  Loads up on the front edge of the pad, but is easily vacuumed off with the hose.


  • Leaving the pad wetter will certainly allow the user to “cover” more square footage before the pad gets too dry to use. Depending on the soil  level on the surface being cleaned the “cleaning ability” may or may not be affected by this.  If the floor is in a low traffic area and mopped daily it is doubtful that there would be enough soil present to overload the pad’s ability to capture it, but the opposite is possible as well. Microfiber pads are typically used in environments that maintain a high level of cleanliness, like a hospital room, so this overloading before the pad needs to be replaced or rinsed would not be a major concern in this environment. If the pads are being used in a high traffic, heavy soil area like a school entry way, hallway, or potentially even classroom then the pad may become overloaded prior to drying out. If this happens then the user would just be moving soil around until the pad did become dry.

    Suggestion from O'Dell: We recommend that 14 oz. of solution per pad be used with our SLM185PKT. This is the maximum amount of liquid it can hold without being over saturated and dripping. Using the proper mopping pattern one can easily cover 200-250 square feet, approximately that of a hospital room, with the pad having this degree of saturation.

    The bottom line is its somewhat discretionary. Users need to be aware of the soil level and when the pad is obviously overloaded they just need to rinse it out.

  • Depending on how soiled the floor is that they are cleaning, a wet floor can look cleaned. By using more water they will no doubt  wet a larger area and the cleaning solution will quickly help lift and suspend the soil; however, what is not picked up it will settle back down once it dries. So initially they will feel they have cleaned a larger area, but the capacity for the mop to pick up and hold dirt is reduced regardless of the type of mop used, even microfibers, and needs to be wrung out accordingly. Under normal conditions a mop that is well wrung out will be able to pick up and hold more soil, but then needs to be rinsed and wrung out more often. That is why there is a strong urge to wring out the mop less.  An experienced or conscientious custodian will only use short cuts that quicken the pace of work without reducing the quality of work that will be revealed when completed.

     As a side note, whether using microfiber or any other mop, there is sometimes a misconception that more is better in cleaning. The manufacturer's suggested amount (or less) of cleaning solution is often better. Too much cleaning solution will tend to leave a film and hold dirt more readily when dried.

  • In reply to David Thompson:

    I agree with Steve.  For larger areas you have to consider autoscrubbers.  The changing of the water really has to do with the size that you are mopping.  The larger the area the more frequent you should change your water.  Microfiber mops do a better job at attracting dirt but you still have to look at your mop heads and water changing frequency determined by the size floor you are mopping.  

  • In reply to Evelyn Tavernier:

    Sorry, didn't get the link on my last post.  

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