Jun. 05, 2021
Mops are endlessly useful and newer technologies have been applied to make them more efficient cleaning tools – including antibacterial properties. However, improper handling, cleaning, and delayed replacement of mops make them not only inefficient but major contributors to the spread of potentially harmful bacteria.
That is why, aside from knowing how to properly use them and clean them, it is just as important to know when it’s time to retire your mops.
The most basic principle in knowing when mops need replacement is identifying key indicators of ‘wear and tear’.
As a rule of thumb, mop heads should be replaced after 15 to 30 washings for cotton mops and slightly longer – the approximate equivalent of 500 washings– for more modern microfiber mop heads. However, the frequency of use of the mops largely affect these numbers.
A more foolproof way of knowing when to replace the mops is spotting signs of wear. Generally, your mop heads must be replaced when:
– Parts of the mop head are falling off. Watch out for those little bits of the mop head that come off when cleaning floors or laundering your mop heads.
– When the parts are discolored. Sometimes, signs of discoloration or staining on the mop are due to improper cleaning, but more often than not, it means that the mop heads have reached their expiration point.
– When the fibers are worn or disfigured. This is especially true for microfiber wet and dust mop heads. When the fibers look like old toothbrush bristles or bald spots start to appear, it is a clear indicator that the mops have been worn out and their efficacy is maxed out.