Best Dust Mops

Updated July 2019
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Buying guide for best dust mops

Last Updated July 2019

If you’re still using an old-fashioned broom to clean your hardwood and tile floors, it may be time to try a dust mop. Quick and efficient, modern dust mops come in a variety of materials engineered to have more surface area and fibers to grab small particles and debris. They can even pick up germs.

However, there are many models, brands, and styles to choose from, and each offers slightly different features to help make your dust mop a favorite tool. Do you want a mop head with synthetic or natural fibers? Will you need a telescoping handle for hard-to-reach areas? Do you prefer a reusable mop head over a disposable one?

To make the best purchase the first time around, check out our shopping guide. When you’re ready to buy, consider one of our recommended dust mops.

Lambswool dust mops are a natural fiber mop choice, which is very soft and safe for all floors.

Key considerations

Mop head materials

  • Natural fibers

The two top choices for natural-fiber mops are cotton and wool. Both have been around for generations and do a decent job, but they have some drawbacks when compared to their manufactured-fiber competitors.

    • Cotton is a traditional choice for mops. While you may think of this only as an option for a wet-mop, it can also be a reliable material for dusting. A lot of industrial dust mops are cotton. They are efficient and inexpensive, and you can throw them in a hot-water washer for a good cleaning. But cotton can wear out more quickly than other materials — particularly if not cared for properly.

    • Wool is another natural choice with great pick-up power. The wooly fibers do a good job of holding the debris inside until you shake it out. Additional bonus: the natural wool does not require any extra cleaners, because it has a natural oil in it. However, they are more expensive than other mops and are harder to wash.
       

  • Manufactured fibers

The manufactured-fiber mops available make dust-mopping almost seem like a miracle. The advantage is that they can work without cleaning products and can even pick up bacteria with just a swipe. They are relatively inexpensive and hold up well over time. The disadvantage of some of these products is that they are manufactured with petroleum products, which can break down in your washer, lowering your carbon footprint.

    • Microfiber is a special form of polyester (or a combination of polyester and nylon manufactured with very thin fibers) that traps very small particles and holds onto them. They have an electrostatic property, which also makes microfiber a very effective material for dusting. This material can also pick up microscopic matter, including bacteria. While microfiber mops can be cleaned in the washing machine, using fabric softener can ruin them.

    • Synthetic and mixed fibers are common dry- and wet-mop materials in industrial settings. Like microfiber, the mixed fibers also build a static charge. But they do have some advantages over microfiber: they are more durable, less expensive, and easier to wash.

    • Disposable mop heads are popular for their convenience. They also work primarily by picking up dust using a static charge. The main disadvantages are the waste and the ongoing expense of replacing mop heads.

Size

When you are considering what you need to clean with your dust mop, you should look at the length and width of the mop head and the length of the handle.

  • Mop head dimensions: Most dust mop heads have a flat rectangular shape. The advantage of this style is that it can cover a wide area quickly. This style also allows you to dust underneath furniture and chairs. Industrial mop heads come extra long and are usually too large for most households (common sizes are 24, 36, and 48 inches long and 5 inches wide). Good household dust mops are much smaller and will be easier to store. Household dust mops are usually 15 to 18 inches long and between 2 to 5 inches wide.

  • Handle length: A handle can vary from about 40 to nearly 70 inches. Most have a length that runs between 50 to 60 inches. Those extra inches might not seem like a big deal but can make a difference in the comfort and efficiency of your mop, offering a longer reach if you are trying to clean underneath furniture. A smart choice is a telescoping handle, which will allow you to adjust the length to your preference.

Cleaning your mop head

While you can shake a good amount of dust and debris out of the fibers of your dust mop after each use, they do need to be washed occasionally. Unless you are going disposable, the most convenient way to clean a mop head is in the washing machine. This is possible with many dry mop heads. The laundry detergent you use should be mild. The water temperature should not be hot, and the dryer should be on a low-heat setting. However, some materials, such as wool, must be hand-washed only and drip-dried.

EXPERT TIP

If you opt to machine wash your mop head, be aware that most manufactured fibers cannot handle fabric softener. It clogs the fibers.


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EXPERT TIP

When hang drying your mop head, make sure it is placed in a well-ventilated area so that it can dry thoroughly and quickly. It must be completely dry before using it again.


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Features

Mop-handle extras

  • Telescoping handles let you adjust the length from 35 to 70 inches long. This choice is good for a household with people of varying heights. It also can be a convenient feature for working in places like stairways or reaching underneath furniture.

  • A jointed handle is also handy, as it bends in the middle to make it easier for reaching difficult spaces.

Double-sided mops

Some microfiber dust mops offer a double-sided mop head. These dust mops will have a flatter fibered side for dusting only and a soft looped or stringed side for grabbing and holding larger debris. The advantage of these mops is that they can pull double-duty as a wet mop. But keep in mind, if you wet-mop, you will need to clean and completely dry your mop head before you use it as a duster again.

Extra mop heads

When your dust mop gets dirty and needs to be laundered, you may not have time to completely dry it before the next day’s dusting is needed. Choose a model that comes with an extra mop head, or order an extra mop head to stay on top of your cleaning schedule.

DID YOU KNOW?

Flat double-sided mops, which offer different materials on each side, often have a swivel attachment that requires a little practice to learn to use easily.

Dust mop prices

Inexpensive: A dust mop does not have to be an expensive item. For about $20, you should be able to find one with a basic handle and a decent microfiber head that will likely be on the small side.

Mid-range: For around $30, you will find industrial-style mops. In addition to being very durable, these mops should be able to fit with several different types of mop heads, including cotton or microfiber.

Expensive: For about $40 to $50, you’ll find a mop with all the features you would want, such as telescoping or bent handles and large mop heads. Wool mops are also available in this price range.

Tips

  • Do not mix your mop heads. For wet mopping, purchase a second mop or at least a second mop head.

  • Dust mops can be periodically washed, but should be dried thoroughly before you use it again.

  • While dust mops will pick up and hold many particles from your floor, you will still want to keep a dustpan and brush handy for excess dirt and debris.

  • Dark hardwood floors are beautiful, but can show dust easily. For a quick daily cleaning, a microfiber mop is very helpful.

Other products we considered

If you would like the convenience of a disposable mop head system, the most popular product is the Swiffer Sweeper, which comes with disposable cloths for either dry or wet mopping. Clorox makes a disposable mop pad to go with the Clorox ReadyMop mopping system. This system actually comes with reusable microfiber mop heads but can be fitted with the disposable heads for big messes. Bona Disposable Dusting Cloths will fit most Bona models as well as many other stick mops.

While disposable mop head systems start at around $10 to $15, keep in mind that the ongoing cost of replacement heads will makes these models more expensive over time.

FAQ

Q. How many times can I use my dust mop before having to clean the head?
A.
You should be able to shake out much of the dust in your mop head after each cleaning. You can also use the tube attachment of your vacuum to free the mop of dust and debris. When the mop head looks dirty, it is time to wash it.

Q. Can I use the same dust mop on my hardwood floors as my tile?
A.
The general answer to this question is yes. You would want to choose a different type of wet mop for your tile than your hardwood floors, because hardwoods could be damaged by too much water. However, dry mops should be safe for any hard surface.

Q. Can my mop use a different mop head than the one that came with it?
A.
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. If you get a good industrial-style mop handle, you will be able to find a wide variety of mop heads available on the market. Just double-check the size to make sure it will fit your handle and frame. On the other hand, you will have a more difficult time swapping out the heads with many home-use dust mops. They may have a Velcro system or another kind of proprietary locking system, which makes it impossible to change brands.

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