Remember the formula:  Df + Dm + Ds = D 100 power.  Mops are so important to maintaining a building or area yet the usual decision to purchase is based on cost, not value or projected benefits.  

At one time, custodial workers were limited in few choices in mops.  Only a few years ago, a cotton mop (between 16 – 32 ounces) was attached to a mop handle, dipped in cleaning solution and used until it got so filthy that it had to be replaced.  These “disposable” mops had few benefits and many liabilities.  Once the cotton mop became saturated with dirt, it could not be laundered without ruining it for future use.  The damp, cotton fibers quickly developed a moldy smell which was usually fixed by soaking in bleach water.  Yuck.  This type mop cleaning process could do untold damage to a floor finish with many users none the wiser.

Today, we have access to different types and styles of mops to meet almost any challenge and floor surface.  For instance, cotton, synthetic and blended mops now have stitched bottoms that allow them to be laundered often enough to control soiling and mildew issues.  This one improvement, along with various quick change handles, allows workers to be far more effective and achieve desirable results with the minimum of effort.  In another article we will consider when to utilize different types of mops, including microfiber, since each type has its own use and function.

Just remember that doing it right the first time is far less expensive than having to redo the same task due to poor choices in tools and processes.  By the way, the formula is a Dirty floor + a Dirty mop + Dirty solution always equals a far Dirtier outcome.  Using this simple, unappreciated tool correctly can have a profound impact on outcomes in daily floor care.  

I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...


Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678.314.2171 or