Do a Google search for "the perfect mop" and you'll pull up 40,400 results. Unfortunately, they are mostly posts by home keepers asking other home keepers were to find the perfect mop. So it seems I am not the only one tired of mops that don't work well and don't last.
I admit I'm probably harder on mops than some people. I don't have a mud room - or even an entry way - and while my kids and I remove our shoes upon entering the house, I can't get my hubby to follow suit. I can mop in the morning and by afternoon you literally cannot tell I've just mopped.
I've tried many different mops, because, for me, having clean floors is greatly satisfying. If the floors are clean, the whole house seems much cleaner. I've used rag mops, string mops, Swiffer mops, and sponge mops. (I prefer the latter.) I've also scrubbed on my hands and knees and used floor steamers. (My steamer worked pretty well, but it was a bit of a pain, and I didn't like using it around little people who might get burned on it.)
So while I have yet to find the perfect mop, here's what works best for me: First I "sweep" by vacuuming the floor, as detailed in this post. Then I pull out my Magic Eraser Mop and use it with a little floor cleaner.
Although the mop breaks just before I'm ready to replace the Magic Eraser head (a real frustration), it does clean extremely well. Before finding this mop, I used a regular sponge mop, then got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed scuff marks and other hard-to-clean spots with a Magic Eraser Sponge. The Magic Eraser Mop shortens my cleaning time and is a lot easier on my knees.
What about you? Have you found your perfect mop? What is it?
UPDATE 1/15/11: My new Mr. Clean Eraser mop has already lasted considerably longer than my old one; the design is much sturdier. However, now you can buy Mr. Clean Eraser heads with a universal adapter. So if you have a mop handle you really like, you can easily convert it to use a Mr. Clean Eraser head.