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How to Clean a Dust Mop [2 Methods to Follow]

Dust mops can be one of the most useful tools among all other cleaning tools. If a dust mop is taken care of it can go a long way. But for that, you need to clean your dust mop often after using it.

How to clean a dust mop?

You can machine wash or hand wash your mop. For machine washing, put the mop in a netted bag and soak it in soapy water. Wash it in the machine and put it to dry. For hand washing, soak the mop in soapy water and clean it thoroughly. Wring the mop and rinse it with clean water. Put it to dry.

Confused? Sit at ease. Because we have an entire guide explaining these methods.

Read along!

Time to Clean Your Dust Mop

Cleaning your dust mop can become a necessity at some point. Once you have used the mop for a long time, it may need a good deep clean.

Also, if you’re unsure of using a dust mop then you might make it dirtier sooner. But not to worry! Because cleaning a dust mop isn’t a big deal.

There are different effective methods that you can follow according to your convenience. Here are some detailed step-by-step methods to clean your dust mop easily.

Method 1: Machine Washing

This method is for machine washing your dust mop. To give your dust mop a machine washing then this method is perfect for you.

But before you put the mop into a wash you should shake out the mop. You can also vacuum the excess dust present in the mop head.

Once you’re done removing the excess dust from the mop then you can proceed. Follow the steps one by one to give your mop a nice machine washing:

  1. Put your mop head inside a net bag that’s washable. Any bag with holes will also work.
  2. Create soapy water and soak the mop for at least 10 minutes. It’s better if the water is hot. Because hot water will clean the mop faster and better.
  3. Put 1 cup of any regular detergent for cloth in the washing machine. Put the mop head into the wash for 4-5 minutes in the hot detergent water. 
  4. Keep the rotation speed low. Also, make sure you don’t put the mop head alone in the washing machine. Put it to wash with other clothes.
  5. After the wash, now it’s time to rinse the mop head with warm water. Warm water will remove the alkali from the mop head. Rinse the mop head thoroughly.
  6. Take the mop head out from the net bag or any bag that you have put it into. Put it into a dryer to dry it out completely. Be aware of water leakage from the dryer that might dampen your mop head. If the mop stays wet for too long it can get damaged.
  7. Remember to keep the temperature under 180°F (82°C). If you use too much heat then it can damage the mop severely.

There you have it, your mop head is ready to get back to its cleaning ventures.

Method 2: Hand Washing

If you don’t have a washing machine don’t worry! Hand washing can also do the trick. If you’re intending not to use your washing machine then follow these steps. But before proceeding with the hand washing machine you need to remove the excess dust.

  1. Use either vacuum or a counter dusting brush to get rid of the excess dust.
  2. Take a handful of detergent in a bucket. Put warm water in the bucket and mix it well with your hands. A mop bucket that has a wringer attached is ideal for this.
  3. Put the dirty mop head into the soapy mixture. Soak the mop head completely and keep it like that for at least 10 minutes. For heavy dirt or debris use a heavy-duty cleaner.

If you are looking for some recommended detergent cleaners then here are some:

Tide Powder Laundry DetergentPowerful cleaning in half time the time
Molly’s Suds Original Laundry Detergent PowderFriendly for skin and environment 
Arm & Hammer Powder Laundry DetergentSafe for septic system

The cleaners are highly efficient as well as affordable.

  1. After your mop is completely dirt-free, take out the mop from the bucket. Remove as much water as possible by twisting the ends of the mop. This will remove most of the water. You can use a wringer too to remove water more efficiently.
  2. Rinse it thoroughly with clean water to remove the soapy water completely.
  3. Again wring the mop head to remove the excess water. Now put it on a net-like surface or hang it to let it dry. If the weather isn’t too humid it should dry out in 3-4 hours. The type of mop may also be a determining factor. A cotton mop will take longer to dry whereas a synthetic mop will dry sooner.

Once the mop head is dry you can get back to cleaning with it.

Things to Remember

Cleaning your mop is very important for your mop to perform well. An unclean mop will only remove approximately half of the dust from the surface.

To prevent too much dust from building up on your mop, use temporary treatments. After every use, you can use them in the form of aerosol or spray.

But also remember not to over treat your mop. It can make your mop too slippery. As a result, the mop might not function properly.

Daily vacuuming of the dust from the mop can give your mop a longer lifetime.

Lastly, never store your mop heading on the surface rather keep its head off the surface. Also, never try to remove adhesive from the floor using your mop.

So store your mop heading off the surface.


Question: Is only vacuuming enough to clean the mop?

Answer: It can be enough if the mop only has loose dust. In case of heavy dust and dirt that can’t be cleaned without washing, it’s not enough.

Question: What material is best suited for mops?

Answer: There are many types of mops created with different materials. But mops of microfiber are the best for cleaning work.

Question: How should I store my mop?

Answer: It’s best if you can store it dry. But before putting it to rest, shake off as much dust or dirt as possible. Then store it in a dry place, or if the mop is wet then store it upside down.

Wrap up

That’s all from us on how to clean a dust mop. We hope that your mop serves you a decade more. 

If you find yourself dealing with a damaged mop head then consider changing the mop head.

Good luck cleaning! See you in the next one!