The Best Streak-Free Mops

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The Best Streak-Free Mops
Cotton fibre mops are prone to mould growth and take a long time to dry. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Avoid streaks on floors by using the right mop for the type of surface you are trying to clean and only use recommended cleaning solutions by the flooring manufacturer. Absorbent mops made with replaceable microfiber cloths have become the standard for wood and laminate flooring because they dry as they clean. Microfiber is suitable for most flooring and recommended by flooring manufacturers.

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All-In-One Mops

If you like the convenience of an all-in-one system, consider a system with a large head, a refillable container that will allow you to use preferred cleaning solutions and washable microfiber pads instead of disposable thin pads. Some all-in-one mops have a rechargeable battery, making them heavier than those with disposable batteries or none at all. All-in-one mops are well suited for light-duty cleaning, and the amount of water distribution and absorbency varies by brand.

Wood, Laminate and Tile Floring

Some all-in-one mops are suitable to use on wood and laminate flooring because their solutions are designed to be streak-free and have washable pads made of microfiber material, which is more absorbent and provides a more uniform coverage than disposable thin pads. Some of the solutions available are suitable for all types of flooring or you can mix your own according to manufacturer recommendations for your type of floor. Self-wringing mops with microfiber washable heads are the best mops to absorb large spills quickly on all floor types.

Microfiber Mops for All Floors

Mops with reusable and washable microfiber covers can be purchased at home-improvement stores. They work well on tile, hardwood, laminate and vinyl flooring. The covers are machine washable, leave no streaks and are inexpensive to buy. Choose one that has thick foam padding on the head to avoid scratching delicate surfaces. These mops can be used with a spray bottle to mist the floor surface and remove grease and stains, or used dry as a floor duster on hardwood and laminates.

Avoiding Streaks

The main cause for streaks on flooring is too much detergent and dirty water. A spray bottle filled with equal amounts of warm water and white vinegar will eliminate streaks and leave behind a clean surface. If you prefer the traditional mop and bucket for cleaning, consider using self-wringing mops with a washable microfiber head that allows for quick drying and convenience.

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