The 10 Best Spin Mops
What Makes A Spin Mop So Special?
Nothing about mopping seems intuitive or easy; it's tiresome, it usually leaves a trail of liquid on the floor, and it usually means dunking your cleaning tool into dirty water. Spin mops remove a lot of the hassle of cleaning a floor and address some of these annoying issues.
The most innovative feature of this mop is in the name – the spin part. Instead of attaching tons of cloth strands directly to the wood pole you push around, extra-absorbent microfibers extend out from a flat rotating plate that spins while you move it across the floor. This spin action helps pick up a lot more dirt and debris, while requiring far less work on your part.
Most models on the market utilize a new type of extremely absorbent microfiber, allowing one head to soak up two liters of liquid with ease, without dripping any of the fluids back onto the floor. Most spin mops also make it easy to clean under low pieces of furniture. Often the handle can bend totally flat at the point where it attaches to the rotating disk so you can reach several feet under a couch or table while the mop face stays flat on the floor.
The spinning motion is integral to cleaning your floors and to cleaning the mop itself. Most spin mops come as part of a package with a washer and dryer unit. You first put your dirty mop in the washer side and push down on the telescoping handle so that the head spins, pushing out the dirty water into the bucket. Next, you move the mop over to the dryer side.
Depending on your model, you may have a little pedal or lever you push that spins the dryer – just the way a regular dryer moves — and leaves you with a totally dry mop. You’ll notice another feature of the microfibers is that they don’t retain any discoloration, so you always have a bright, white mop after cleaning. If you have a unit with wheels, you can roll it over to the next room and start again.
The Creator Made It Into The Movies
The 2015 film "Joy" starring Jennifer Lawrence was loosely based on the life of the creator of one of the first spinning mops, Joy Mangano. Mangano has been inventing since she was a little girl, having thought up a fluorescent flea collar for dogs when she was just a teenager working at an animal hospital.
Mangano has over 100 patents for her various inventions, including no-slip hangers and a line of odor neutralizers, but she invested her life savings into her Miracle Mop. Luckily, the product sold over 18,000 units within a half hour of airing its first television ad.
The Miracle Mop was the first cleaning tool of its kind that featured self-wringing technology, meaning the customer could clean it and dry it out without ever touching the damp fibers at the end. This was especially revolutionary because the option to never touch the mop head allowed the use of extra hot water on floors, as well as any cleaning solution your heart desires, without having to worry about burning or irritating your hands. The Miracle Mop is considered the inspiration for spin mops.
Mangano sold her explosive product under her incorporated company Arma Products, which she later renamed Ingenious Designs and sold to the parent company of the Home Shopping Network.
Two Places You Have To Mop For Your Health
Cleaning a home is a big job, so it’s expected that you’ll forget some places. But when dust builds up, it can create a huge problem for allergy sufferers, and when grime grows, it can draw in all sorts of little critters. Mold can also produce gasses called microbial volatile organic compounds that not only smell terrible but attract bugs.
It is vital that you move your refrigerator and mop the floor it sits on every couple of months. The area surrounding the fridge sees a lot of action, from spilled drinks to crumbs of food flying out of Tupperware. These things can get stuck under the fridge, grow mold, and attract termites and other bugs.
Thoroughly mop around the bottom of your toilet, too. This is another area that can attract and hold onto hazardous bacteria. Think about it: you probably brush your teeth right by it, letting saliva fly out, as well as cut your toenails over it, never really knowing where those trimmings go. Since a lot of bathrooms don’t have great ventilation, it’s especially important to go in with your spin mop and pick up the dirt off the floor that can lead to health problems.