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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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Unisan

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

UNGER ENTERPRISES

Flat Mop, Basic Material Microfiber, Material Microfiber, Dry Weight 8 To 16 Oz., Yellow/white, Launderable Yes, Length 16 In., Wi...dth 5 In., For Use With Mfr. No. Ez25g, Sm40g 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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Rubbermaid
$86.13 $212.35
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Dust Mop with FringeIf you are looking to clean more environmentally friendly, this Rubbermaid 18 Microfiber Dust Mop with Fringe ...is the perfect green cleaning tool for you! Delivering superior cleaning results, its high pile, dense, ultra-fine microfiber collects and holds dirt electrostatically, removing more dust, dirt and bacteria than conventional mops. The mop head is machine washable and can withstand more than 500 washings. Fits Rubbermaid 18 Wet or Dry Microfiber Quick-Connect Pad Holder Frame (RCPQ560, sold separately). Dust mop heads are sold as a case of 12. Dimensions: 20L x 8W x 1/2H.Rubbermaid 18 Microfiber Dust Mop with Fringe, Green, 12 Dust Mops per Case read more

NexStep Commercial
$71.28 $156.00
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A great mop for industrial and institutional application in dust control maintenance. Yarn is made from traditional long, stapled,... tightly twisted virgin natural cotton. Heavy canvas backing. Strong cotton yarn is highly absorbent. 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
$199.99
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Find steam cleaners and floor polishers at Target.com! The dynamopro steam mop and sweeper is the first steam and sweep unit combi...ning the cleaning power of 3 levels of adjustable superheated steam control optimized for each type of floor surface at... read more

Shark
$129.99
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Find steam cleaners and floor polishers at Target.com! The shark steam & spray mop system is the first fully integrated cleanser &... steam cleaning tool on the market. . When combined with steam energized cleanser, the shark steam & spray provides an... read more

Sienna
$119.99
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Find steam cleaners and floor polishers at Target.com! The aqua laser steam mop is an amazing lightweight unit that puts you in to...tal control of your cleaning with its many essential features, including trigger driven steam control to clean most sealed... read more

Bissell
$59.99
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Find steam cleaners and floor polishers at Target.com! Bissell s steam mop select features a triangular head that allows you to ge...t access to more space within your home. additionally, bissell has included two distinctly different triangle shaped mop... 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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Laitner Brush

CQLC1017: Features: -Push broom.-4 palmyra bristles.-Polypropylene block.-Use on patios, driveways, sidewalks and other rough surf...aces.-60 Coated metal handle.-Swivel hang up hole.-Made in the USA. Dimensions: -18 Wide broom head.-61 H x 5.25 W x 3.5 D, 2.93 lbs. read more

LIBMAN CO
$100.00 $138.35
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Libman 24 Rough Surface Push Broom This 4 long, stiff polymer non-flagged fibers are sturdy enough to get both heavy and large par...ticles in a 2 foot wide sweep. 1x 60 long steel, nylon thread handle with 5 handgrip, hanger hole and locking bolt is both rugged and easy to store. Resin bolt locks handle in place. Polymer block for durability and hygiene.Libman 24 Rough Surface Push Broom, 4 Brooms per Case Lead Time: 2-4 Business Days read more

LIBMAN CO
$95.64 $132.37
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Libman 24 Smooth Surface Push Broom3 long, soft polymer stapled fibers for sweeping fine particles. 1x 60 long steel, nylon thread... handle with 5 handgrip, hanger hole and locking bolt for ease of storing. Resin bolt locks handle in place. Polymer block for durability and hygiene. 24 wide broom covers 2 feet of floor in one sweep. Libman 24 Smooth Surface Push Broom, 4 Brooms per Case Lead Time: 2-4 Business Days read more

LIBMAN CO
$91.20 $128.74
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Libman 18 Rough Surface Push Broom These 4 long, stiff polymer non-flagged fibers are for durable sweeping projects of heavy or la...rge particles in a foot and a half wide sweep. 1, 60 long steel, nylon thread handle with 5 handgrip, hanger hole and locking bolt is both rugged and stores easy. Resin bolt locks handle in place. Polymer block for durability and hygiene.Libman 18 Rough Surface Push Broom, 4 Brooms per Case Lead Time: 2-4 Business Days 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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LIBMAN CO

Libman Whisk Broom(Red)This whisk broom has an 8 wide sweeping surface made of 42 tufts of flexible, split tip polymer fibers tha...t pick up fine particles. Polymer handle with hanger hole for ease of storing. 6 whisk brooms per case Lead Time: 2-4 Business Days read more

LIBMAN CO

Convenient 8 whisk broom for all cleaning chores. 42 tufts of flexible, split tip polymer fibers pick up fine particles. Ergonomic... handle and hanger hole. read more

Quickie Manufacturing

100 percent hurl broom corn. Convenient hang-up feature.CornSize In=10-1/2

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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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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Unisan
$100.34 $201.96
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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). Head Type: Wet Mop; Application: Floors; Mop Head Style: Looped End; Mop Head Size: Medium. read more

Super Loop Wet Mop Head, Cotton/Synthetic, Medium Size, White
Unisan
$68.90 $136.80
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Clean up quicker with a high-quality, ultra-absorbent mop head. Cut-end design minimizes snags. Heavy-duty headband ensures secure... attachment. For use with clamp-style mop handles (sold separately). Head Type: Wet Mop; Application: Floors; Mop Head Style: Cut End; Mop Head Size: #24. read more

Cut-End Wet Mop Head, Rayon, #24 Size, White
Boardwalk Paper
$40.17 $81.53
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Absorbent natural cotton fiber for general mopping. Heavy-duty, 1 1/4 cotton headband. For use with clamp style mop handle (sold s...eparately). Head Type: String Mop; Application: Floors; Mop Head Style: Cotton Mop; Mop Head Size: #24. read more

Boardwalk Banded Cotton Mop Heads, #24, White
Boardwalk
$54.47 $108.75
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Absorbent natural cotton fiber for general mopping. Heavy-duty, 1 1/4 cotton headband. For use with clamp style mop handle (sold s...eperately). Head Type: String Mop; Application: Floors; Mop Head Style: Cotton Mop. read more

BWK CM20024 Boardwalk Mop Head, Cotton, Cut-End, White, 4-Ply,24 Oz.
NexStep Commercial
$71.28 $156.00
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A great mop for industrial and institutional application in dust control maintenance. Yarn is made from traditional long, stapled,... tightly twisted virgin natural cotton. Heavy canvas backing. Strong cotton yarn is highly absorbent. read more

Dry Dust Mop Head
HAMBURGNEXSTEP COMM PROD
$32.76 $201.60
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UPC: 079188102097• Broom for industrial use, for warehouses, garages or any large area.• Industrial fiber broom for la...rge areas.Ingredients: White Polypropylene, 10 Trim, Riveted Metal Cap, Wire Band, 1 1/8 Clear Lacquered Handle.Color: CLEARDimension: 54x9.25x1.125NOTE: This item can only ship to the continental US (including Alaska and Hawaii). read more

POLY BROOM W/METAL HEAD - 580090
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