Six tips on how to recognise a good mop and bucket

Six tips on how to recognise a good mop and bucket

Easy to use, efficient and thorough to clean. That's what cleaning equipment should do. High quality and performant products are usually well-designed and thoroughly tried and tested. But how do you recognize a good mop when you see one? Let us be honest, few people want to compare basic cleaning products before buying. With the help of our top six tips, you know what makes a good product and how to recognize it.  


1) Pay attention to the mop head

A good cleaning product promises easy handling and high efficiency. The efficiency of floor wiping for example, is determined not least by the textile mop material. As a rule, cleaning with microfibres is particularly effective. Due to their high quantity and density of fibers, microfibre mops make the individual wiping process particularly efficient. A welcome side effect: the right mop also increases the effect of the cleaning agents used. 

2) Water: The right dosage is crucial

Microfibre mops store the water between the fibres. They are therefore particularly easy to wring out and dry quickly: Fast drying here also means hygienic, because persistent moisture creates ideal conditions for bacteria to multiply - in other words, exactly the opposite of what cleaning is supposed to do. Innovative cleaning systems such as the Vileda Turbo Easy Wring & Clean Spin Mop, for example, enable users to easily determine the right degree of moisture, depending on the surface: When wiping parquet floors, for example, a microfiber volume that applies about three grams of water per square meter to the floor surface is perfect for gentle, effective and streak-free cleaning.  Less sensitive floors can take somewhat more water - whereby people in Southern European countries by the way clean not only more damply over all, but also more frequently than in Germany, Australia or UK. Anyone who has different floors at home therefore benefits from a wiper that can be fitted with the perfect wiping cover for each floor. Particularly with sensitive surfaces such as high-quality parquet floors, you should take a particularly close look when choosing a cover. 


3) Mop material mix for best results

Users should check the material composition on the product pack and the product itself, if possible: To guarantee a high cleaning performance- Vileda, for example, uses a composition of various microfibre materials. In the case of the Vileda Turbo Easy Wring & Clean white microfibres are especially absorbent, while the red microfibres are particularly good at removing dirt particles. With flat mops, a mixture of soft absorbent microfibre material and longer, more abrasive microfibers make sure the mop absorbs water and cleans the floor more efficiently. 
Also, users should keep a look out for fraying material and fibres which get detached during use. High quality microfibres usually do not shrink excessively or fray at the ends and do not leave individual fibres behind on the floor during use. 


4) What is the handling like? 

Material properties are a visible indicator of high product quality not only for the cover, but also for the mop itself.  This applies, for example, to the surface coating: it depends on it whether the mop sits comfortably in the hands, and is non-slip, even when the hands are damp. A slightly rough handle surface can enhance grip and make sure that the mop sits firmly in hand. This also raises the question of whether the hands need to get wet at all when wiping. In fact, even young people often wipe the floor exactly as they learned from their parents and grandparents – with a scrubbing brush, a bucket, and a separate floor cloth: dip the cloth in water, wring it out and then start scrubbing. This method is neither pleasant nor particularly efficient. Plus, you get your hands wet.  


5) Good workmanship and durability

Typical for a good cleaning product is of course also its high processing quality. For example, buyers should check that all outer edges are cleanly deburred. Because rough edges carry the risk of injury and also act like a dirt magnet. Also, users should test the solidity and colour composition of a bucket: The more inflexible the plastic material, the likelier it is the bucket is more robust. And a uniform colour of the bucket and mop provide a clue to good workmanship and attention to quality. For example, users should especially look out for stress marks on plastic. These usually show as white discolourations in the solid plastic and may be a sign of inferior quality. 

Whether or not a product is popular in the end depends not least on its aesthetic appeal.  As we all know, personal tastes differ. But an intelligent design shows that the manufacturer has not only carefully thought through the outer appearance, but also all facets of the concrete use in everyday life. In addition to solid workmanship, durable, non-toxic and recyclable materials are particularly important. Because hard-wearing cleaning products that can be used for a long time ultimately contribute to more environmentally friendly cleaning due to their longevity. And they are often cheaper in the long run as a result. 

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