How to Clean a Non-removable Mop Head

Updated July 13, 2018

Dirty mop heads won't go far when it comes to keeping your floors clean and shiny. While most removable heads can be thrown into the washing machine, non-removable mop heads pose a problem, as they must be cleaned while still attached to the mop pole. You can maintain both string and sponge mop heads with just a few simple cleaning methods.

Shake out your mop before each use to free it of dry dust and dirt particles. Remove dry hairs that have accumulated on sponge mop heads by hand.

Rinse the mop head under a faucet after each use. Allow hot water to run through the mop head, keeping the water going until it runs clear. Squeeze the mop head dry, repeat the rinse and squeeze it again before storing. This method works for both sponge and string mops.

Fill a bucket with clean hot water and mix in 1 tsp of dish detergent. Dip the mop head into the bucket and agitate it. Wring string mop heads out by hand or use the lever to wring out foam mop heads. Repeat the dipping and wringing process four or five times. This method is an alternative to the faucet method.

Soak the head of your sponge or string mop for an hour or so in a bucket of hot water and disinfectant solution or neutral floor cleaner. Do this after rinsing the mop under the faucet. Agitate the mop a little in the bucket to make sure the mop head absorbs the disinfectant. After soaking, remove the mop and allow it to thoroughly air dry. Perform this disinfecting process periodically, once every few weeks, to keep the mop head from collecting bacteria.


For storage, hang mops upside-down in a warm and well-ventilated area. When your mop reaches 75 per cent of its original weight, it's time for a replacement.


Don't clean mop heads with bleach, as it may break the strands of a string mop. Be gentle when rinsing or squeezing the top part of string mop heads, as this area may shred easily. Likewise, don't exert too much force when wringing sponge mops, as they may tear.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Dish detergent
  • Disinfectant solution or neutral floor cleaner
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Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in Word Riot, Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Trails and more. Dan's diverse professional background spans from costume design and screenwriting to mixology, manual labor and video game industry publicity.