The task of mop heads is to clean floors which frequently accumulate dirt, dust, grime and all kinds of harmful bacteria. Keeping the floor clean using a mop head is essential to maintain a hygienic environment in the home, office and other places. Due to regular use, a mop head becomes a magnet for dirt and bacteria. That’s why frequent cleaning becomes necessary. However, there comes a time when the spin mop head must be changed.
Factors affecting the longevity of a mop head
The material of the mop head is an important factor which determines its durability. Mop heads made of polymer do not wear out as quickly as compared to mop heads made of cotton. String mop heads are expected to last for longer periods. In addition to the material, the type of floor the mop head is used on also determines its longevity. A floor made of flagstones or other kinds of stones has a rough and uneven surface. A mop head working on such a floor regularly will wear down fast because the projections and roughness of the surface will damage the fibres of the mop head. Rough floorboards will also cause high wear and tear in the mop head. On the other hand, smooth floors such as vinyl, laminate or tiled floors are gentle on the mop heads and do not cause rapid wear and tear.
The effect of the cleaning material on the longevity of a mop head is significant. The cleaning material can gradually erode the fibres of the mop head and cause them to wear off and detach from the mop head. This is noticeable as discolouration of the mop head. Discolouration indicates that the fibres of the mop head are damaged either due to improper cleaning of the mop head or high abrasiveness of the cleaning material which is degrading the fibres swiftly. Thus, in the case of discolouration, the mop head needs to be replaced.
The frequency of usage of the mop head, which is tied to its frequency of washing also plays an important role in its longevity. In hospitals, maintaining a hygienic environment is crucial because there are many kinds of infections which can be acquired in an unclean hospital. Cleaning floors is especially important in hospitals to remove germs and infectious materials. Thus, the mop heads in hospitals undergo heavy usage and need to be washed regularly. Regular washing gradually wears down the mop heads, necessitating replacement. In offices and homes, the frequency of usage and washing is less as compared to hospitals. Hence the longevity of mop heads is more. Different kinds of mop heads have different tolerance levels to washing. For example, a microfiber mop head can tolerate 500-1000 washes before it wears out.
When to replace?
Mop heads usually need replacement after 2-3 months. However, mop heads can last as much as 6 months and above with proper cleaning and maintenance. There are indications such as pieces falling off from the mop head or discolouration which signals replacement. Mop heads which have not been used for a long time and are full of dust and cobwebs must also be changed.