For many organizations, a commercial mop is the most used tool for cleaning hard surface floors. That's easy to understand with today's growing emphasis on cleaning and the sheer volume of hard surface floors.
Large buildings and commercial settings require a different kind of mop than a household mop. They must be durable to withstand the rigors of commercial cleaning. In addition, with so much square footage to clean, productivity is another important feature.
When it comes to a choosing a commercial mop, two popular types are the string mop and the microfiber flat mop.
The string mop and bucket is the most widely used method for mopping floors today, even though it was patented in the nineteenth century.
String mops are popular for a few reasons:
- They're relatively inexpensive
- They're readily available
- They're easy to use
Unfortunately, string mops also have some significant shortcomings. Here are several:
- They spread rather than remove soil and germs from the floor
- They can harbor potentially dangerous contaminants increasing the risk of cross contamination
- They're not ergonomically designed and are commonly associated with repetitive motion injuries
- They're slower than other methods
Microfiber flat mops are relatively new to the cleaning world and offer some advantages over string mops.
- The mop heads are easy to change and launder, helping to reduce the risk of cross contamination
- They generally use less water and chemical
- They're more ergonomic, resulting in less fatigue and fewer injuries
- They're typically faster
There are also some drawbacks with microfiber flat mops.
- If not laundered properly they can harbor dangerous contaminants
- Like all mops, they spread soil rather than physically removing it
- They are more productive than string mops, but slower than commercial mop alternatives.
Commercial Mop Alternatives
Fortunately, advances in cleaning science have made have made commercial mop alternatives more practical and cost effective than ever. If you're in the market for a commercial mop, you may want to check out Kaivac's innovative solutions. Kaivac offers a variety of practical, cost effective "no mop" alternatives to address virtually any hard surface flooring in a building.
- Thoroughly remove and capture soils and contaminants that industrial mops leave behind.
- Studies show they're 30 to 60 times more efficient in reducing bacterial contamination than commercial mops, which are more likely to spread it.
- In tests performed by a major university, Kaivac's AutoVac system removed over 99% of targeted soil, while a new microfiber mop removed only 51%
- Built for speed, Kaivac's systems are two to four times faster than mopping
- Actually remove soils instead of spreading them
Ergonomic and Worker Friendly
- Reduce bending and lifting
- Minimize repetitive motion injuries commonly associated with mopping
- Insulate workers from unhealthy exposure to harmful contaminants and chemicals
- Easy to learn and use with interactive video training
- Extreme cleaning and instant drying mean immediate availability and reduced slip-and-fall accidents
- Certified by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) for providing high traction
- Workers are protected from unhealthy exposure to harmful contaminants and chemicals
- Ergonomic design reduces repetitive motion and other injuries associated with mopping
- Reduces chemical usage by as much as 90%
- In tests performed by a NELAP-accredited lab, Kaivac's No-Touch Cleaning® systems removed more than 99.9% of targeted microbes with plain water
- Some models reduce water consumption by 75% or more
- Unmatched productivity, multipurpose capabilities and significant chemical savings add up to a very rapid return on your investment
- Reduce costs associated with injury, strain and fatigue
- Reduce the need for costly project cleaning
Stop the Mop
You wouldn't try to remove paint from a canvas using a paintbrush. So why do we try to remove soil and contaminants from floors with a mop? Mops are spreaders, plain and simple. They're perfect for painting your floors with soils and contaminants, but they're horribly ineffective at removing them. In fact, study after study shows that even brand new microfiber mops only remove about 50 percent of surface soil. The rest is spread across every surface that is touched until the contaminated mop head is next laundered. Until then, the wet mop heads become breeding grounds for disease and odor-causing bacteria. And to make matters worse, they're not only ineffective, they're also painfully slow.
Fortunately, Kaivac offers a number of patented science-based industrial mop alternatives designed from the start for rapid, complete soil removal. And studies show that they can clean 30-60 times better in one-half to one-quarter the time.