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What Is Dry Mopping?

When cleaning floors, there are different kinds of mops and brooms. Some mops you submerge in water and others you don’t. A dry mob is like a giant duster, but instead of using it to remove dust from your coffee table; you use it to remove the dust from hard surface floors.

Disposable mop heads are now available.

When cleaning floors, there are different kinds of mops and brooms.  Some mops you submerge in water and others you don’t.

A dry mob is like a giant duster, but instead of using it to remove dust from your coffee table; you use it to remove the dust from hard surface floors. 


Dust Mop

Dry mops, often called dust mops, dust surfaces.  A typical dust mop includes a long, broom-like handle and a mop head.

The fibers of the mob head tend to be softer than a wet mop and are better suited to pick up dust from dry surfaces. 


Dry Mop Uses

Consumers use dust mops to remove dust from noncarpeted floor surfaces and to clean hard-to-reach overhead surfaces, such as a ceiling beam or hanging light fixtures.  When properly used, a dry mop revives the shine of a hardwood floor surface.

Some consumers use dry mop heads to clean up wet spills on solid floor surfaces. 


Dry Mopping

When dry mopping a floor, keep the dry mop head on the floor.  Each time you lift the mop head from the floor you potentially release the dust particles back into the air.

Move the dry mop over the entire floor surface, without lifting the mop head.  When finished, take the mop outside and shake the mop head to remove the dust.


Disposable Mop Heads

Some manufacturers sell disposable mop heads for dry mopping.  Instead of shaking the mop outside to release the dust, the consumer removes the disposable dry mop head and disposes of it.

This allows the consumer to begin each dry mopping session with a clean mop head and helps reduce the amount of dust released back into the air. 


Damp Mop

Some consumers moisten the mop head with water, or dampen the mop fibers with a furniture oil, polish or cleaning solution prior to cleaning.  This is similar to dampening a dust cloth before dusting furniture.

Yet, if done incorrectly, such as applying too much oil or polish to a floor and not buffing dry, this can create a dangerously slippery surface.  Before adding a cleaner or polish to the dust mob, read the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure you are applying the product correctly.

About the Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.

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