With proper break-in and care, you can extend the life of your cotton wet mops. The first thing you should do when you get a new cotton wet mop is break it in. Breaking a mop in removes the natural oils in the cotton and improves the mop’s performance.
Follow these simple steps to break in a cotton wet mop:
Fill a mop bucket with water and a diluted neutral floor cleaner. Use warm water (120 degrees F – 140 degrees F) and follow the maker’s directions for use of the cleaner.
Immerse the mop head completely for five to ten seconds and shake it to make sure that the cleaning solution permeates the mops fibers.
Wring out the mop and repeat Step 2 five times.
Dispose of the cleaning solution you used for break in. Rinse your mop and bucket with clean water. Prepare a solution for any cleaning tasks you will be using the mop for.
Laundering cotton wet mop heads periodically will extend their useful life. Always launder them in a mesh bag using a detergent solution. Launder them at low speed, rinse them thoroughly with warm water, and tumble them dry at low temp or hand dry them.