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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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Lola
$19.05

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

Mr Clean
$19.91

Grabs dirt, grabs dust. Pivoting mop head gets into the toughest to reach areas. Picks up dust, pet hair, and debris. Can be used ...wet or dry. read more

Unisan
$121.99

Four-ply, cut-end yarn. Absorbent natural cotton fiber for general mopping. Rayon has immediate absorbency and wet release propert...ies ideal for finishing. Cotton/synthetic blend absorbs 5.5 times its weight in water. Standard heads use clamp style mop handles; saddleback heads use clamp or gripper style handles; lieflat heads use lieflat screw-in handles all sold separately. 12 mop heads per case. Value Standard Head Rayon, #24 mop size. read more

Renown
$46.21

Renown barrier wet mop sold as 1 each or 12 per case. . Good choice for applications where additional strength and stretch are req...uired. Puncture and tear resistant. Designed to maximize cleaning efficiency. Made in United States. 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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LEIFHEIT
$43.00 $34.99

Replace your conventional broom with a better kind of clean thanks to this dust mop cleaning pad featuring electrostatic fibers th...at easily capture dust, dirt and hair. suitable for all smooth floors ideal for a quick clean between mopping washable, reusable design Cotton. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

Lysol
$12.45

This microfiber dust mop attracts and traps dust on contact. Its swivel feature helps you reach into corners and under furniture. ...The dust mop has been treated with an anti-microbial agent that provides continuous product protection against the growth... read more

Dirt Devil
$18.10

Cover hard floors and baseboards with the dust+go power of Swipes. Swivel and glide across hard floors while dirt lock technology ...picks up dirt and debris at the same time. Easily tackle baseboards with flexible edges then toss the durable microfiber pad in the wash so it's ready for next time. 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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SteamFast
$58.66

The Steamfast SF-142 Multi-Surface Steam Mop is a modern replacement for the mess and hassle of a traditional mop and bucket. Usin...g ordinary water and absorbent Microfiber technology, the Steam Mop effectively and naturally cleans and sanitizes a wide variety of hard floor surfaces. Its washable microfiber pad eliminates the waste of disposable pads. The Steam Mop is ideal for sealed hardwood & laminate, stained concrete, linoleum, ceramic, granite, marble, slate and even carpet (using the included Carpet Glider accessory). Model is made for 120 Volts only read more

Bissell
$89.00

BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop, 1940 � The BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop offers a deep clean with a fresh scent. This unique steam mo...p is designed to get deep down into the grout and crevices while leaving a fresh, clean scent while you steam mop. This fully featured steam mop has SmartSet Steam Control letting you adjust the amount of steam needed to tackle messes. For light cleaning use the low setting, everyday messes, choose medium, and for the toughest mess select high. And when you need an extra boost to cut through the dried-on sticky spot, flip down the Easy Scrubber on the mop head. It uses bristles to quickly and easily remove those stubborn messes, getting deep down in the crevices. The PowerFresh Steam Mop also includes Spring Breeze fragrance discs. Insert the scented disc into the pocket of the mop pad to enjoy a fresh, clean aroma while you steam mop. Simply discard the disc when you�re finished, leaving your home smelling clean. Other features include a 23� power cord, removable water tank and 2 different mop pads; one for everyday cleaning, and one with scrubbing strips. The low-profile mop head also reaches into hard to clean edges and corners. read more

SteamFast
$9.99

SteamFast microfiber mop pads feature durable construction to withstand rugged, repeat use. The pads are machine washable for conv...enient cleanup. Easy Stick pads quickly attach to compatible SteamFast steam mops. Microfiber cloths trap the dust and... read more

BLACK+DECKER
$79.99

Find Steam Cleaners And Floor Polishers at Target.com! BLACK+DECKER Smart Select Steam Mop - White BDH1725SM Color: White.

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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Toysmith
$8.99

Sweep and clean with the Toysmith Push Broom. This miniature broom allows your children to sweep away dirt just like grown-ups. Th...e wood handle features a leather loop and hang tag for versatile display and storage. Each tool is 27.5-inches long, perfectly sized for kids. Functional and fun, this broom lets mom or dad's "little helper" work right along beside them. Recommended for ages 5 and up. read more

TORMAX
$24.99

18-inch plastic block with two types of bristle, soft on the outside and rigid on the inside, rendering the use for both the outdo...or and the indoor use. Comes with a 54-inch metal handle. read more

DQB
$16.39

After a century dedicated to quality and innovation in brush making, dqb remains true to its roots. A family-owned, independent br...ush company read more

Rubbermaid
$14.88

The Rubbermaid Professional Plus 24 Palmyra Rough Surface Push Broom is ideal for heavy debris removal. The chemical resistant Pal...myra is great for use in the garage or shop and on decks. The heavy-duty plastic block will not crack, wrap or mildew. 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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Harper
$9.25

Corn whisk broom. 100% corn fiber, wire wound, and 2 sews with metal hang-up cap. 11" length overall. Material: 100% Corn Fiber, S...ize: 11", Sews: 2 read more

Magnolia brush
$49.49

BROOM CORN WHISK BROOM Sewed two times, cad. Plated ring capBest quality whisk broom Trim Length: 11 inBristle Material: Broom Cor...nWt.: 0.33 lb read more

Libman
$6.99

Dust Pan with Whisk Broom, Color: Red/Black, Overall Length: 10"

Lola
$17.82

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
$6.99

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

Butler Home Products
$25.90

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

Esschert Design USA
$23.05

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

Quickie Original
$25.85

Patented design allows you to sweep all-2-gether and store all-2-gether. Angle cut provides access into corners. "Split-tipped" fi...bers pick up smallest dirt particles. 48-Inch powder coated steel handle. Hang up feature on end of handle for convenient storage. 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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Hoover
$129.99 $78.00

The Hoover SteamScrub 2-in-1 renews sealed hard floors with precision and ease. Steam out stubborn, set-in stains with its Trigger... Controlled Steam, Tile and Grout Scrub Brush and Carpet Glider attachment. Then take the power of steam to every... read more

Shark
$149.99 $109.00

The Shark Lift-Away Professional Steam Pocket Mop with removable handheld steamer offers superior cleaning and 99.9% sanitization ...suitable for your hard floor surfaces and cleaning needs. Ready to use in 30 seconds, its Intelligent Steam Control... read more

SALAV
$200.00 $61.99

Clean and sanitize hard and carpeted floors with this powerful steam mop, which maneuvers easily around furniture with a swiveling... head Size: Small/Medium/Large. Color: Blue. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

SALAV
$200.00 $61.99

Clean and sanitize hard and carpeted floors with this powerful steam mop, which maneuvers easily around furniture with a swiveling... head Size: Small/Medium/Large. Color: Gold. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

LEIFHEIT
$200.00 $149.99

Using classic mop press technology to effectively clean without excess water, this set makes mess-free mopping easier than ever. l...arge surface area allows for more efficient cleaning handled bucket is easy to use and maneuver top lifts off for easy filling, emptying and storage press activates by pushing down on the lever with your foot microfiber cleaning pad is washable and reusable ideal for tile, stone and laminated flooring includes mop, cleaning pad, mop press and 5-gallon bucket Aluminum/microfiber. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Imported. read more

FULLER BRUSH CO.
$45.00 $29.99

Utilizing split-end polypropylene bristles, this angled broom captures the smallest particles for an efficient clean. high-quality... riveted steel construction angled head gets corners easily 2-piece steel handle with handy hang-up hook 51x9.5x1.5"H made in America read more

FULLER BRUSH CO.
$45.00 $29.99

Perfect for any hard surface, this durable broom features split-end polystyrene bristles to catch the fine particles. picks up sug...ar, salt, crumbs and more Adjustable Telescopic Threaded Steel Handle included moves from 29 to 52" for hard to reach areas handy hang-up pole for convenient storage 56x10x4"H assembly required steel/plastic made in America read more

FULLER BRUSH CO.
$45.00 $29.99

Using a modern concept, this super-absorbent spin mop has nano technology that cleans up the messiest spills with ease. adjust wet...ness or dryness with handy lever head wrings out easily in bucket spinner outside foot lever allows hands-free use overall: 53x6.375"H; bucket: 6.375x8.5"H polyester microfiber/plastic/metal hand wash imported read more

FULLER BRUSH CO.
$60.00 $39.99

Using a modern concept, this super-absorbent spin mop has nano technology that cleans up the messiest spills with ease. adjust wet...ness or dryness with handy lever head wrings out easily in bucket spinner outside foot lever allows hands-free use mop: 46.75x12"H; bucket: 19x11.5x10"H polyester microfiber/plastic/metal hand wash imported read more

FULLER BRUSH CO.
$42.00 $28.99

Slender, trim and lightweight, this long-lasting slender broom is a combination of stiff and soft bristles. durable polypropylene ...fibers efficiently pushes dirt without scattering steel handle with hang-up hold for storing 52.5x9x1.25"H made in America read more

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