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 should own a dust mop. (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.
Do you have cork or bamboo floors? 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 that you can use slightly dampened with your favorite appropriate cleaner or better yet – just plain water. You can swap the pads out and finish your floors quickly. Check out all the floor care products in the Speed Cleaning online catalog.