As many of you may know, although tile floors are beautiful and, for the most part, easy to clean, they do require a lot of upkeep. We all want our floors to be shiny and spotless. However, this requires some maintenance, work, and the best mop for tile floors. Mopping can be a daily chore if you do not have the right equipment to effectively clean and shine your tile. With so many different options out there, it can be a difficult task choosing the right mop. Let’s take a look at some important aspects to take into consideration when asking the question “what is the best mop for tile floors?””
What To Look For in the Best Mop for Tile Floors
One of the most important facets of a high-quality mop is its absorbency. When cleaning up a spill, or simply mopping your tile floors to get them clean, the fewer trips you have to take to wring out your mop, the better. With ultra-absorbent fabric material for your mop head, you can clean and shine in no time at all, even for the toughest, dirtiest spills!
Clean up any spilled liquid with ease and success without wasting your precious time. Also, the more absorbent the mop is, the better it will clean in nooks and crevices. It will be able to soak up every last bit of liquid, leaving your tile floor squeaky clean. Plus, the less water you have to use for the cleaning job, the better!
Lightweight Yet Durable
This is another very important aspect of the best mop for tile floors. No one wants to lug around a traditional heavy-duty, bulky mop. The more lightweight your mop is, the easier it is for you to clean your floor. However, sometimes lightweight products come with a price. Some of them may not be very sturdy and durable. That is why it is important to do your research and ensure that the mop you are buying is of the highest quality and very durable. If you buy a mop that will only last a few cleanings, then you are wasting your money.
There are also many versatile products out there that claim to be long-lasting and durable. However, it is very important that you do your research and know what you are purchasing. Make sure that you are purchasing something with a long life and that will last.
The Champion Super Yellow Mop is not only the best floor mop for tile floors, but also works excellent on hardwood floors, ceramic tile floors, laminate floors, linoleum floors, vinyl floors, rubber floors, concrete floors, porcelain tile floors, and wood floors. With its ultra-absorbent, non-woven synthetic fabric, you’ll have to make less trips to the bucket to wring out the mop. It is extremely lightweight and easy to wring out by hand! Any homeowner would find this mop very useful to have in their closet for even the most difficult mopping scenarios.
No one wants to spend time hand-washing their mop head after taking the time to mop their tile floors. Nor does anyone wish to take a whiff of awful mildew via a smelly mop. After all, water isn’t the only thing that’s easily absorbed in a mop. The best mop for tile is one that you are able to throw into the washing machine when it needs to be cleaned, hang up to dry, and not have to fuss over. Convenience and quality are the keys to purchasing a good mop.
There are hundreds of options for mops for tile, hardwood, vinyl, laminate, and other types of flooring surfaces. However, it is important to weed out the ones that are not worth your money or your time. Do your research, check out all of your options, and make sure that the mop you choose has all of the essential aspects in order to be the best mop for tile floors.
This one can be pretty tricky. The reason is that sometimes you find a mop that has most, if not all, the qualities and benefits that you want. Sometimes you can come across only the type of mops that won’t work with what you have at a home (kitchen, bathroom, living room, stairs) or a public setting (i.e. school, daycare, office building, etc.). Sometimes it’s the price. Let’s get into the meat and bones of how to succeed in getting the most from your spent money.
As you read further, you will see that I’ve described five different type of mops. The first step to purchasing the best mop is giving yourself a variety of choices to look through. You will need that to really factor in what you need per your environment (indoors or outdoors), flooring quality (hardwood, tile, laminate, vinyl, linoleum, porcelain, ceramic), performance, convenience, and longevity. Plus, you need to think about the amount of water usage and cleaning solutions that will go into cleaning (or not so much.)
I understand it’s quite the head spin, but we all want what’s best for our floors, wallet, convenience, and sanity. This is especially why research is very important for making the best decision you can.
Best Type of Mops
We’ve already discussed what to look for in the best mop for tile floors. Now, let’s dig a little deeper and discuss the best type of fabric material for the best mop. There are also mop types that don’t require fabric material. The best fabric material (well, for each individual, anyway) for each mop can make all the difference in durability, machine washing, absorbency, and the best dollar value.
Now, there’s no such thing as THE perfect mop, only the kind that’s perfect for you. Even finding the mop that’s perfect enough can be hard because the only way to know is by trial and error. One can only do his or her best to find that one mop that can do the job.
Unlike the microfiber mop, the sponge material is ultra-absorbent. It’s common knowledge that sponges can suck up excess water. Therefore, be mindful that it can also easily keep in bacteria after use. It’s a must that this mopping choice goes through a complete rinsing and wringing after every use to keep the potential bacteria at bay. That’s not to say that sponge mops aren’t good for tile floors, though. In fact, there are situations where excess water isn’t needed to get the job done.
When there’s a liquid spill, sponge mops are also great for dry mopping. Of course, it would also help to immediately apply a floor cleaner to spills like juice, paint (depending on condition), or anything that has the potential to stain the floors. For much tougher stains or caked on dirt and grime, water added to a cleaner (Champion Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner) can and does work. It’s not recommended to machine wash.
Cotton mops are made of organic fibers. This mop type is perfect for dry mopping in hallways (don’t forget to broom sweep first!). It’s also best to use in larger rooms and spaces (i.e. hospitals, daycares, schools, colleges, and universities), especially the types that carry a risk of infection spread. It’s best to be used for wet mopping either once in a while or if the cotton mop head is disposable. While it’s ultra-absorbent, it can easily absorb bacteria and odors.
It’s not a good whiff to take in. Constant machine-washing and drying will cause damage to the cotton mop. Don’t fret, though! There is another way to give it a good clean: hand washing. First, shake off as much excess dirt and dust as possible. Afterwards, fill a bucket with warm water and detergent, and then place the mop head in the solution to soak and clean. However long you choose to let soak is up to you.
Nonwoven Fabric Mops
Nonwoven fabric is made up of a combination of entangled short and long fibers. This fabric type is created three ways: felting and bonding (mechanical), the use of heat and pressure (thermal), and sometimes the use of adhesives change the fibers into this material (chemical). Some recycled fabrics and oil-based materials are also used in nonwoven fabrics. Though not as strong as their woven counterparts, nonwoven fabrics are still durable all the same. Even though it’s a popular fabric choice for mops, microfiber can also be a nonwoven product.
Now, let’s talk benefits. As I’ve already mentioned, nonwoven fabric is known for its durability. Other benefits include, but are not limited to, being a great barrier against bacteria, absorbency, being machine-washable, liquid repellence, flexibility, and resistance to high tearing, breaking, and abrasion. The material also contains anti-allergy and anti-microbial properties. The Champion Super Yellow Mop (the head part, not the stick) is made of nonwoven fabric.
Not only is it known for its absorbency (well, ultra-absorbency), it’s also easy to wring after each cleaning job. Don’t count on finding any scratches left behind as you clean, either! Oh, and before I forget, you can give the mop head a good wash in the washing machine! For more information about this Champion product, check out the product page here.
Did I mention before that not all mops require fabric material? That’s especially true of steam mops. This is another mop that’s ideal for tile floors. Unlike other aforementioned mops, this one is aided by technology. A bucket is definitely not needed for this mop, either. It comes with its own reservoir: a tank where you fill it with water mixed with cleaning solutions (in this case, the Champion Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner). The mop head in this case is a cleaning pad.
Here’s the easiest part of a steam mop: all it takes is a trigger to convert the water from the tank into steam to clean the floors. Steam mops are perfect for heavy duty cleaning that involves tough stains, grout, dirt, and grime. Along with cleaning up tough stains, the mop also does an exceptional job of disinfecting. So it’s plain to see why this mop choice is an ideal one for homeowners, especially those who have children, pets, or both! Sounds like a dream, right?
There’s more benefits. You don’t have to worry about any dirty water, mildew, or having to do any annoying wringing after use. Now onto the less desirable facts. This mop choice tends to be more expensive that the traditional and normal mops. Plus, it shouldn’t be used on hardwood or laminate flooring. Some surfaces are just too sensitive to use a steam mop on.
Here’s one that doesn’t require use of water at all. Yes, this type is strictly for dry mopping! Dust mops can easily pick up dirt, dust, and other debris. They can also be used to dust walls and ceilings. I can’t imagine anyone attempting to wet this for using. While it doesn’t make sense to use for wet mopping, the only time water is useful is for cleaning the head after several uses (after a good shake!). Notice that I just said water.
Just make sure the mop head is completely air dried before using again. Usually with dust mops, you end up buying a replacement after every few years. Plus, dust mops cannot reach those tight spaces to get all of the dust, dirt, or dog hairs. In the case of the Champion Old Fashioned Dust Mop, though, it’s made up of electrostatic synthetic strands that easily attracts all the dust, dirt, debris, and dog hairs. Unlike regular dust mops, it’s less likely for the debris to just be moved to the side with this Champion product.
Imagine not having to chase around the dirt and dog hairs like a hockey puck! This mop works well on laminate, hardwood, stone, tile, and vinyl floors. Like regular mops, this Champion product can also be used on walls, ceilings, and furniture (well, within reason). Here’s the bonus: there’s absolutely no need for any chemicals whether you’re cleaning the floors or the mop head itself. You don’t believe me? Check out more details on the product page here. You’ll be glad you did!