Scrub It Saturday – Which Mop is the Best?

May 2, 2009

in Lifestyle

Do those handy mops work as well as a traditional mop? I tested the two major easy mops as well as a traditional sponge mop and a rag mop to find out which worked the best. I tried all of these mops on three areas of my house, the kitchen under the highchair, the children’s bathroom, and the laundry room which contain a cat litter box. All are tough areas to clean and are covered with vinyl flooring.

The Clorox Ready Mop and Swiffer Wet Jet were almost exactly the same as far as performance. I had to use quite a bit of the solution to completely cover the floor. If I used a smaller amount of solution, the floor would not become even the slightest bit cleaner. However, with the larger amount of solution, there was a slightly sticky feeling remaining on the floor. An easy sweep through did not clean any of the food from under the high chair and didn’t remove any of the urine from the bathroom floor. It also did not clean up dirt from the laundry room floor. Instead I was left with a bit of a muddy mess. This mop was very helpful for cleaning up juice spills right after they happened. My final call is that this is not a great cleaning mop, but it great to have on hand for the quick cleanup.

The rag mop rated higher than the easy mops. I used this mop with two different mop solutions, Mr. Clean and Green Works. Both cleaners worked well. Mr. Clean was able to clean ever so slightly better with the rag mop. The majority of my floors were clean after the combination of both cleaners and the rag mop. Under the high chair still required additional scrubbing. It was very easy to rinse out. Final call is that this is a great mop to use if you don’t have small children.

The sponge mop I used had an additional function. You could flip it over and use a scrub brush to get those hard to clean spots. This was the best way, of all those tested, to clean under the high chair. I tried the sponge mop with both Mr. Clean and Green Works. With the sponge mop, both cleaners worked equally well. The floor was clean and no reside remained. No additional scrubbing was required. It was not as easy to rinse out as the rag mop, but the additional cleaning power was worth it. Final call, this is the best mop for my situation. I would recommend a sponge mop with an additional scrub brush on the other side for those with kids.

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mom2my9 @11th Heaven May 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm

This is an excellent post! Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. I have been having mop trouble myself as we recently installed a slate floor, so I will have to try and see how the sponge mop works on that. Wish me luck and thank you so much for participating in Homemaker Monday! Hope to see you again tomorrow!

BuyBedding May 18, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I am amazed with it. It is a good thing for my research. Thanks. ^_^

ohnny quest December 19, 2009 at 11:32 am

I took in 8 stray cats and own two Labs,,, the mop thing has been a big problem! I would like to add the expensive ringer type sponge mops fail after a few months,,, the cheap DG / Family Dollar mops worked the best and lasted the longest,,, they need to make one about two feet wide made of SS for us men!!!

Nancy January 16, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I bought the best sponge mops years ago at our NY State Fair. It was made by Kendo Products, Paoli, Pa. They must have gone out of business–I used to order refills and received a prompt reply to my order. Now I can’t find them and I can’t find any mop that comes close. It is so simple–does anyone know of their whereabouts,, or does someone want a new business?

Ana Negron February 2, 2010 at 4:23 am

I too bought Kendo mops years ago. They were the best construction and the most efficient sponge material. I used to order replacements, even pick them up since they were local, and was consistently satisfied. I still use the handles and managed to save a head until recently hoping to find a match. Another company (I believe Cedar) has on occasion sold compatible mop heads but the sponge material is very poorly absorbent and has minimal scrubbing capacity. Like Nancy, if they still exist, would love to know…

Iris April 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I am trying to locate sponge refills for my Kendo floor mop. A link to this site came up on google search but I do not see the word Kendo or Kendo products anywhere let alone a way to contact. Any assistance appreciated!

Lindsey April 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

I am not familiar with the Kendo mop, but I did find this on Amazon. Is this what you are looking for? If not, I’ll keep looking.

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