If you have wood or other hard-surface floors in rooms besides the kitchen and bathrooms, and if you have one or more dust bunnies of any species, you do. (Kitchen and bathroom floors should be wet-mopped.) The floor attachment to a vacuum does a pretty good job of removing dust and debris from hard floors, but the vacuum doesn’t “wipe” the surface of the floor the same way a dust mop does. Imagine vacuuming the top of a dusty glass table instead of wiping it with a cloth, and you will understand the difference between vacuuming and dust-mopping a floor. Also, a vacuum doesn’t restore the floor’s shine the way a dust mop does.
The best treatment for floors is a combination of both: vacuum the floors most of the time, and dust-mop only occasionally. If your home has a rug over most of the hardwood, the hardwood is usually exposed for a foot or two around the edge of the rug. In such rooms a dust mop isn’t as effective as a vacuum. If you get a dust mop, though, make sure it is small enough to fit into that border without touching the carpet. This works usually if you just turn the dust mop sideways and push forward as usual.
Our microfiber wet/dry mop is perfect for this use. It comes with a microfiber dry dust mop pad, and four microfiber wet mop pads, so you can swap them out and finish your floors quickly.