There are three basic types of mops out there that all could be causing an odor:
- Cotton String Mops
- Sponge Mops
- Microfiber Mops
Cotton String Mops are the common picture that comes to mind when you hear the word “Mop”. These mops tend to be the main offender when it comes to the damp smell. In order to keep these types of mops clean and useful for long amounts of time it is very important to thoroughly clean them after every use, as they acquire bacteria very quickly. Parish Supply recommends rinsing the mop extremely well with hot water after every use, then ringing it out as best as you can and leave it to dry (strings hanging down) in a well ventilated area or outside if possible. NEVER leave a mop in its bucket overnight. This is essential if you want your mop to stay fresh, considering these kind of mops handle that dirtiest floors.
Sponge mops are different because they basically are sponges on the end of a mop handle. Though these mops have been around for a long time, their cleaning ability does not compare to the cotton mop or the microfiber mop. Nonetheless, if you do use one to clean it is recommended to keep them fresh by rinsing and completely ringing it out so that it is able to dry all the way. Salt water soaks overnight are also suggested as well to keep them clean, restore them, and to make them last longer.
Lastly, microfiber mops are your best choice for easy cleaning and maintenance. These mops are easily cleaned with warm water and a gentle detergent, either hand wash or in a washing machine, no fabric softener or bleach. After washing they should be entirely rinsed and then can be put in the dryer on low heat. Clean Link also suggests air drying in order to prevent dryer lint from accumulating on the microfiber mop head.