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How the chuff does one get a mop dry?

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RuthlessBaggage Sat 19-Apr-14 13:28:53

I don't mop often enough, and part of the reason for that is the wretched mop.

I have tried several, and the one I like best for cleaning is an old fashioned style with a head that looks like it's made of string - do you know the ones?

But it takes forever to dry. It's been hung up under cover outside for 24h and is still sopping.

I've tried the butterfly ones and I didn't get on with those either - a worse clean and scarcely shorter drying time.

tobybox Sat 19-Apr-14 13:33:38

Unfortunately I've always found that the string-head ones are a bastard to dry. I prefer the (often more expensive) fabric-strip head ones, which I just rinse out with hot water then leave on top of the drainer bit of the mop bucket, so that air can get to it from all sides. I think mine is a Vileda.

mousmous Sat 19-Apr-14 13:37:08

is the 'hairy' part removable? if yes rinse+spin in the washer and then hand it up in the sun to kill the smell.

I have a square one wih removable heads. I just rinse+spin after use and then they go outside if it's dry or over the bucket indoors before they are dry enough to go back on the hook behind the stairs.

mousmous Sat 19-Apr-14 13:39:55

something like this

Clobbered Sat 19-Apr-14 13:44:41

Get a steam mop. Problem solved

RuthlessBaggage Sat 19-Apr-14 13:45:22

Ok thanks. I'm loath to give up a mop that works but I'm swearing at it yet again today!

I'll have a look to see if the head comes off - might need a screwdriver...

RuthlessBaggage Sat 19-Apr-14 13:45:55

Can't use a steam mop on our hardwood floors because of how they're sealed. Believe me, I checked!

BertieBotts Sat 19-Apr-14 13:51:41

We had one of those at work and just used to leave it in the mop bucket after use so it could drip dry. Seemed to work well enough?

We have one of the ones with a removeable cloth thing on the end which just goes in the washing machine, it's really easy, I like it better than any other mop I've had.

trinitybleu Sat 19-Apr-14 16:04:01

I have a hook in the understairs cupboard so mop on hook with the wet end in the bucket but suspended, if you follow me. Catches the drips but gets the air to it too.

hiddenhome Sat 19-Apr-14 18:01:57

I have a stringy mop. I just give it a good rinse out and leave upside down over the mop bucket to air dry. It never becomes properly dry, but as long as it doesn't smell, I don't worry about it. If it's sunny outside, I leave it in the sun for a while.

Just replace it every month. They're cheap enough to buy.

RuthlessBaggage Sat 19-Apr-14 18:04:39

Every month? That sounds a bit wasteful - I daresay you mop a lot more often than I do! blush How many moppings is that, and I'll scale up.

Mintyy Sat 19-Apr-14 18:06:32

Are those stringy mops honestly better than Vileda Supermops? My VS has a hook on the end and I hang it on the washing line to dry.

hiddenhome Sat 19-Apr-14 18:18:51

I found the Vileda stringy mops didn't 'grip' the little crumbs and things like the stringy ones do. The Vileda one just flicked them around the kitchen.

I have engineered wood floors and tiles in the bathroom so I do quite a bit of mopping grin

You can soak the mop in bleach and that should kill any smelliness. The washing machine would probably do it too on a hot wash.

tobybox Sat 19-Apr-14 18:48:29

I sweep up crumbs first with a dustpan and brush, otherwise DPs pubes would forever cling to the mop. sorry to lower the tone. mopping gets rid of everything else!

RuthlessBaggage Sat 19-Apr-14 18:53:19

I sweep very often. It's all downstairs and we have a strict "clothes on before you go downstairs" rule, so pubes are an upstairs (and therefore hoover) issue. How do men shed them so copiously? <vom>

As discussed, mophead does not detach so can't go in the washing machine, but a new one is probably warranted, so I'll look out for detachable string ones as a reasonable compromise.

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