Not to make rocket science out of it, but there are actually several factors that you should consider when buying your kitchen mop. The most important being
This is probably the most important aspect to consider when buying a kitchen mop, I find. Wood and ceramic floors are obviously quite different in every structural sense, hence the cleaning process is different as well. I will go through some of the most commonly used floor types in kitchens and recommend an appropriate mop type for it.
1. Hardwood floor – Although not the most popular type in this year’s trend, still probably the most common type worldwide. The reason why this flooring type is getting replaced is its complex cleaning. The surface is easily scratched and too much water can seriously damage the wood. In order to avoid such issues, it is recommended to use mops with steam or spray possibilities. Steaming will not scratch the surface and water retention is reduced to a minimum, while spray included mops work with less water and can dry the wood as well.
2. Ceramic/porcelain tiles – In contrast to the pure wood, these stone-cold tiles require a bit different methods. This type of floor is much easier to clean since it won’t absorb the water, but the problem of tile spacing should be addressed. So, I would recommend kitchen mops with microfiber pads as they can easily clean the uneven surface these floors have. Traditional cleaning, while not as glamorous, is still the most effective one here.
3. Engineered flooring – Laminate, vinyl, and engineered wood. There is a reason why these types of floors are becoming ever so popular, and the reason is – practicality. Since these floors are specifically made for (mostly) kitchen purposes, it is no wonder why they are so good. Easy to clean, easy to set up, a bit warmer than hardwood and a variety of designs to match the rest of your kitchen. But they have 2 problems – they get dirty almost instantaneously and, similarly to hardwood, are somewhat fragile. If you have this kind of floor, I would suggest some light kitchen mop with soft material. It will take time to clean it, but the effect will be satisfying.
Home or Restaurant needs
Apart from before mentioned types of both floors and mops, the size is also an important factor to be taken into consideration. For your home, it is often a good idea to have a smaller kitchen mop with a not-so-large pad. That way you can clean between furniture and appliances, and, let’s be honest, home kitchens are not so spacious, so there is really no need for anything bulky. The main concern is not to damage anything.
On the other hand, restaurants are quite spacious, and often those mops are used for both the kitchen and the dining part. Not only will you have to clean daily, but also a lot! Needless to say that size and durability are very important here, so find a mop that has a large pad, strong structure and that is easy to clean! That way you will save your time and energy. The biggest advantage is that restaurants usually have ceramic or porcelain tiles that don’t absorb water, therefore these bulky mops won’t damage anything.
Professional & Home Use
If you use your mops for professional purposes, then, naturally, I would recommend any high-quality mops that can go on either floor and can clean as good as possible. While pads are great for big areas, I suggest buying something a bit smaller and more universal for your profession, and that would be string-end! Mops with soft strings can go on every floor type, they are easy to use and flexible enough to clean everywhere. The only problem is the number of swings needed to clean an area, but the job will be well done.
Mess or Dust control
While some people use the same mop for both dust and other kitchen mess, I would state that you should use two separate mops for these two purposes, if you want the best results. Now, in the kitchen, there are a plethora of messy stains that can potentially be found on the floor – grease, broken eggs, dropped food, milk, etc. The previous text is mainly focused on such stains, so the Best Mop For Kitchen Floors would be the one with steam, spray or strong microfiber qualities.
For dust, on the other hand, you don't need water-powered mops, just the ones with dense and thick microfibers. These kinds of mops will collect 99% of the dust from your floor, and they won't harm your floor in any possible way. The fabric is soft, and can easily collect tiny dust particles. Find a mop that is suitable to your height, for this kind of cleaning doesn't require much effort and power, so you can clean erect, without having to arch your back at all.
Last but not least – your budget. If you don’t make a lot of mess, then I wouldn’t recommend spending a lot of money on your mop (unless you have lots of money to spare). But, if you have pets and/or children, or you are a professional cleaner, or simply a clumsy person who drops things occasionally, then buying a good, pricey mop is a good investment. Beware that mops can range from 10 to 1010 dollars US, so think about what you need and how much you have to spend. If you don’t have a lot, don’t be discouraged, any mop is better than no mop!