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Mops and Brooms Buying Guide

Mops and brooms are two essential cleaning supplies for removing dust, dirt, and other debris from your home. Use this buying guide to help you choose the best mops and brooms for your home's floors.

Types of Mops and Brooms

Types of Mops and Brooms

You can make cleaning a lot easier by selecting the right type of mop or broom for the job. Keep in mind that brooms push dirt and mops collect it. Before heading to the store, think about the type of surface or surfaces you'll be caring for and how much and how large the debris is that you may be sweeping or mopping. Here are the most common types of brooms and mops you can consider.

Wet Mops

This type of mop is used with water to clean up spills. String wet mops are usually made of cotton or cotton blends and feature cut ends (generally less expensive and great for spills) or looped ends (which have a bigger surface area so they can cover more space with each swipe). Sponge mops may be more convenient if you have a small area to clean, because they don't require a separate wringer (most feature a lever and rollers or a metal plate that squeezes water out of the mop).

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Wet Mop with Pad. BELLAWOOD Wet Mop with Pad Keep your new floors looking great with the Bellawood Wet Mop! Pad Specs: - Construct...ion: Microfiber - Pad Size: 45cm x 15cm read more

Quickie
$6.39 $7.77
at Walmart

When you want to thoroughly clean your floors, use the Quickie Original All-Purpose Wet Mop. Made with absorbent four-ply cut cott...on yarn, it is highly absorbent. This means your floors will dry more quickly after cleaning. This absorbent mop comes... read more

Lola
$19.82
at Amazon

Lola's Scuff Remover Cotton Wet Mop features a high quality, soft cotton banded mop yarn head that can absorb up to 3 times its we...ight in water. The attached Scuff Remover Scrub Pad removes ground in dirt and debris. The Clamp and Clip Connector makes changing the mop head easy while the high gloss resin coated steel handle with swivel hang cap makes storing a snap. Refillable. 12 ounces of Cotton Yarn. read more

Lumber Liquidators

Dream Home Spray Mop Wet Pad -2 Pack. Dream Home Spray Mop Wet Pad (2 pack) Wet pad refills for the Dream Home Spray Mop Specs: - ...Construction: Microfiber - Pad Size: 45 cm x 15 cm - Shipping Weight: 0.22 lbs. read more

Dust Mops

This type of mop attracts and collects dirt on its surface and is ideal for hardwood floors and other surfaces that are easily scratched. They usually feature a base or frame with a cover made from cotton (which can be treated with a cleaning solution to increase is efficiency) or microfiber. The microfiber covers generally do a better job of attracting and retaining dirt, and they can be washed and reused several times.

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Quickie

Shop for Cleaning at The Home Depot. The Swivel-Flex Nylon Dust Mop does just what its name says, it swivels. The patented 360° sw...ivel connector helps you get into corners, along baseboards and into those hard-to-reach spots. The mop cloth is made from... read more

Rubbermaid
$17.93
at Kmart

Dense, Ultra-Fine quality fiber removes more dust, dirt and bacteria than conventional cleaning products. Advanced hook-and-loop b...acking holds up under harsh launderings and attaches pads more securely. Double finished edges retain pad shape with use... read more

Steam Mops

Unlike conventional mops that leave floors sopping wet, a steam mop leaves floors clean, dry, and safe. Some models have a trigger that releases hot steam on demand; others produce a steady, continual supply; and yet others offer both. Some steam mops feature cloth pads that can be laundered after each use, while other models have disposable pads, which are convenient but require you to purchase them on a regular basis. Steam mops should only be used on sealed, heat-tolerant floors.

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Sienna
$79.99
at Amazon

ou will fall in love. The Sienna Q boasts a stress-free design with the back-saver handle that does not need to be pumped for stea...m to release. This concept is crucial if you are looking for power and comfort in one steam mop. The Q not only has a stress-free design, but converts into an-easy-to-use handheld steam sanitizer without the need for extra attachments. Using simple tap water the Q kills germs such as E. coli and salmonella. Weighing less than 5lbs the Q boasts a 13.5 fl. Oz. tank that lasts for more than 20 minutes. read more

Dirt Devil

Shop for Appliances at The Home Depot. The power of steam with the innovation of Dirt Devil. This remarkable steam mop features a ...continuous steam generating system that distributes steam across the entire pad surface. The smooth, even steam helps... read more

Thane
$11.39
at Target

Steam Cleaners and Shampooers. These pads are the idea accompaniment to your H2O X5 steam mop. Always be ready to clean when you'v...e got these extra mop pads handy! This pack of three replacement pads fit the standard mop head on your H2O X5 steam mop.... read more

Quick Shine
$19.99
at Amazon

Spray Mop offers customers a one-stop floor cleaning solution. Can be used with your favorite floor cleaner. Do not use the spray ...mop with waxes or finishes as these types of products can clog the spray mechanism. read more

Indoor Brooms

These brooms can be made with synthetic or natural materials. Brooms made with synthetic fibers—great for all-purpose indoor use—feature bristles that are often densely packed together, allowing them to grab fine dirt and dust particles in addition to larger debris. A broom made with natural fibers, such as straw or corn, can also be used indoors, but it's ideal for sweeping porches and walkways. Natural bristles are rigid and thick, making them better for sweeping and catching larger debris.

Push Brooms

If you're looking for a broom to sweep a workshop or garage floor, this type may be best suited for the task. With rectangular heads ranging in width from 24 to 60 inches or more, this type of broom can cover a large area in a short amount of time.

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Quickie
$22.60
at Amazon

This 24" natural fiber stiff Palmyra pushbroom is great for heavy debris and rough surfaces. It has a 15/16" diameter and 60 " ste...el handle length. 24-inch heavy duty resin block won't warp, rot, or crack. The steel handle comes with a great swivel hang up feature for easy storage. Full 5-year warranty. Highlights: Natural stiff Palmyra fiber for heavy debris and rough surfaces Heavy-duty resin block with 2 threaded handle holes will not warp, rot, or crack 15/16" x 60" L steel handle with swivel hang-up for easy storage How To Change: Change handle occasionally from one side of block to the other to maintain even ware. Thread handle into block, turning clockwise until firmly tightened.
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Rubbermaid
$18.89
at Amazon

Ideal for heavy debris removal. Chemical-Resistant. Palmyra is great for use in the garage or shop and on decks. The heavy-duty pl...astic block will not crack, wrap or mildew. Can be used wet or dry. Rubbermaid rough-surface Palmyra push broom (fgx416pr04). read more

Proline
$27.19
at Kmart

Hardwood block with two threaded handle holes. Handles sold separately. For fine sweep on smooth surfaces. 3 trim. Bristle Materia...l: Polypropylene; Global Product Type: Broom Heads; Brush Length: 36 in; Bristle Length: 3 in. read more

LIBMAN CO

Earth friendly brooms feature 70% post-industrial recycled steel handle and 80% post-consumer recycled PET plastic bristles. Sweep... both fine particles and industrial debris|*|Fine-duty broom has 3 soft bristles|*|Medium-duty broom has 4L firm but flexible split-tip bristles|*|1 thick handle with nylon tip thread|*|5 handle grip with swivel hanger|*|60L handle|*|Replacement handle sold separately read more

Whisk Brooms

This small, handheld broom is often sold with a dustpan and is great for quickly cleaning up small messes. The fibers can be natural or synthetic.

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Anchor

ANR6090 Features Whisk broom Bristle material: Corn fiber Handle material: Metal Made in the USA Color: White and silver Product T...ype: Push Brooms Country of Manufacture: United States Dimensions Overall Length: 10'' read more

Lola
$17.82
at Amazon

This whisk broom is made of polypropylene fiber bristles which can easily be rinsed with cool water to clean. Its convenient handy... hang hole makes storage easy. read more

Wet/Dry Brooms

Typically constructed with thicker bristles spaced farther apart, this type of broom is used to scrub floors and is best at removing larger debris. Like a straw or corn broom, the wet/dry broom can be used indoors but is best for use on workshop, garage, and basement floors.

Electrostatic Brooms

Broom heads made from electrostatic foam or rubber are ideal for areas where dust or pet hair is a problem. The foam attracts the pet hair, holds it, and removes it better than a standard broom. This type of broom can be used on any floor surface, even carpet.

Product Features

Product Features

Mops and brooms are pretty basic in nature, but there are a few features that can make using them—and storing them—easier. Here are a few to consider as you are comparing models.

Wall-Mount Storage

Look for a mop or broom that can be easily mounted on the wall for convenient storage. Some models include special hardware that lets you snap your mop or broom into place.

Collapsible Designs

Some mops can be folded up for easy storage. These models are great for everyday cleanup tasks and often use wet or dry disposable cloths.

Swivel Head

Look for a steam mop with a head that swivels to make it easier to maneuver in tight corners.

Dustpan

Many brooms come with a dustpan, but these tools can also be purchased separately. If you have back problems, consider buying a dustpan with a long handle.

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LIBMAN CO

10" dust pan with #907, ideal for home, vehicle and workshop cleaning.

Esschert Design
$19.99
at Amazon

No outside job is finished until the cleanup is done and kids can join in the task with their very own push room that is just thei...r size. Encourage children to complete a garden project from start to finish and this lightweight broom is perfect for removing dirt and debris from the patio and sidewalk after all the planting is done. Weighing less than one pound, broom is 32-Inch long and has colorful green bristles that make cleanup fun. The perfect addition to your children's collection of garden tools. read more

Butler Home Products
$29.99
at Amazon

The Neat Sweep Stand Up Dust Pan and Broom offer quick and easy clean-ups without bending over.? Handles clip together for easy st...orage.? Soft rubber edge clings to the floor so dirt sweeps into, not under, the pan.? Internal brush cleaner leaves dirt in the pan, not on the floor.? Unique broom storage pocket keeps stray dust and dirt inside the pan.? Dust pan auto-close to carry, locks open to empty, keeping hands clean.? Pivoting broom allows you to get into tight spaces. read more

LIBMAN CO
$21.99
at Amazon

Lobby broom. Professional grade. Ideal for use in retail locations, lobbies and parking lots. Electrostatic powder coated steel ha...ndle. Molded hanger tip.4.5" long broom fibers. Made in United States. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When shopping for a mop or broom, make sure it's designed for your space and flooring type. You'll also want to think about the various materials they are made from—each type offers specific advantages and disadvantages. And, of course, consider your personal preferences. Do you want something that's environmentally friendly and made from natural materials? Or is durability the most important feature?

Broom Head Design

Hard-bristle brooms are best for outdoor use on driveways, porches, steps, garage floors, and other paved areas. In addition to sweeping dirt, leaves, and other debris, hard-bristle brooms are used for clearing standing water following a heavy rain. On the contrary, soft-bristle brooms are ideal for indoor use. Look for poly-vinyl brooms with split fibers, which can capture finer dirt particles. Brooms with an angled head are easier to use in tight corners.

Mop Head Materials

Cotton mops are the least expensive but have the shortest life expectancy. They are able to absorb up to three times their weight in liquid, but they can become a breeding ground for pathogens. Rayon mops are able to be laundered and absorb up to eight times their weight in liquid. Microfiber mops trap dirt, dust, and debris along with pathogens, bacteria, and viruses until washed. Microfiber absorbs up to seven times its weight in liquid and is the most durable of mop materials. Blended mops—often made from a combination of materials like cotton and rayon—are durable and can absorb up to 10 times their weight in liquid.

Handles

Mop and broom handles can be constructed from wood, plastic, or metal. Handles come in varying lengths, and some are even telescopic. Some mop and broom handles screw into place, allowing them to be easily replaced if they should be broken or damaged. For push brooms, look for a handle that can be attached in either direction to allow the bristles wear evenly.

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THANE

As Seen On TV H2O Mop X3 does it all! It's a floor cleaner, carpet steamer and hand-held steamer in one. New lightweight, easy to ...use H20MopX3 turns ordinary water into steam cleaning power in seconds. Deodorize, spot clean and freshen floors, carpets & rugs, without harsh chemicals. Super maneuverable triangular mop head gets into corners and tight spaces with ease. Includes a nylon brush head, carpet glider, microfiber mop pad & jet nozzle. 1300 watts. read more

H2O Mop X3
Midwest Rake
$127.99 $174.99
at eSportsonline

Heavy duty 28??? broom head with two rows of replaceable bristles and 5??? powder-coated aluminum handle, bent to reduce back stra...in. Ideal for brushing top-mix out of turf to resist lip formation. Use back side to scrape and break-up hard dirt. Ships UPS. read more

Infield Lip Broom (EA)
MID-AMERICA SALES
$163.19 $221.99
at eSportsonline

Designed for those small areas that are nearly impossible to finish grooming! Great for pitching mounds, batters boxes, base paths..., on-deck circles, and any other cutouts. 2'W x 18"D?? high quality cocoa mat. The 66" handles & other components are constructed from heavy-duty reinforced aluminum. read more

Infield Finishing Mops - Cocoa Mop (EA)
Unisan
$127.99 $179.99
at BizChair

Looped-end design lints less reduces fraying and unraveling Four-ply premium yarn Durable double-sewn tailband prevents tangles an...d provides more floor coverage with each stroke Mop head lies flat on the floor Plastic molded cap with metal 1/4-in threaded bolt head We apologize but this product is not available for shipment to Canada Alaska or Hawaii at this time. read more

UNISAN UNS824R Mop Head Lie-Flat Head Rayon Fiber 24oz White 12/Carton
Boardwalk?
$70.99 $99.99
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Absorbent natural cotton fiber for general mopping Four-ply cut-end yarn Standard heads use clamp-style mop handle We apologize bu...t this product is not available for shipment to Canada Alaska or Hawaii at this time. read more

Boardwalk? BWKCM02032S Cotton Mop Head Cut-End #32 White 12/Carton
Unisan
$76.99 $107.99
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Four-ply premium yarn Looped-end design for less lint fraying and unraveling Durable double-sewn tailband prevents tangles and pro...vides more floor coverage Heavy-duty polyester tape headband For general cleaning or floor finishing Use with clamp-style mop handle (sold separately) We apologize but this product is not available for shipment to Canada Alaska or Hawaii at this time. read more

UNISAN UNS4024RCT Pro Loop Web/Tailband Wet Mop Head Rayon No. 24 Size White 12/Carton, White
Unisan
$95.99 $134.99
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Premium-quality four-ply cotton/synthetic yarn mop head for high-volume use Absorbs up to seven times its own weight Heavy-duty 5 ...vinyl headbands Launder in mesh bag Use with clamp- or spring grip-style handles (sold separately) We apologize but this product is not available for shipment to Canada Alaska or Hawaii at this time. read more

UNISAN UNS501WH Mop Head Super Loop Head Cotton/Synthetic Fiber Small White 12/Carton
Unisan
$95.99 $134.99
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High-quality ultra-absorbent design Cut-end Heavy-duty headband For use with clamp-style mop handles (sold separately) We apologiz...e but this product is not available for shipment to Canada Alaska or Hawaii at this time. read more

UNISAN UNS224RCT Premium Cut-End Wet Mop Heads Rayon 24oz White 12/Carton, White

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