Best Mop for Cleaning Ceilings [2024 Review]

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When searching for a ceiling cleaning solution, you come across several options that can do the job. Brushes and dusters do the trick, but a deep clean using a wet mop is necessary for some homes.

So let’s go over the best mops for cleaning ceilings and walls.

Our Wet and Dry Ceiling Mop Reviews

Best Overall: MR.SIGA Professional Microfiber Mop

The Mr. Siga Professional Mop has one of the most innovative designs we’ve seen. The cleaning pads clip on the mop head, providing a quick and easy way to attach them.

This is unlike the other options on this list, which have more traditional attachment styles, like velcro and hooks.

The head is made of aluminum alloy to drive down weight, and the handle is made of stainless steel for sturdiness. There’s also a flexible plastic buffer between the aluminum head and the cleaning pad to avoid harsh scratches or uneven mopping.

The Mr. Siga pads work for both dry and wet cleaning and have a reverse side for floor waxing. If you use the microfiber pads dry, you’ll catch any dirt or fine particles that stick to the corners. As for wet mopping, the pads are super absorbent and won’t leave streaks on your walls. Win-win!

As for reusability, the pads are machine washable 100+ times, and the set comes with three pads, which should last you for a good while.

Product Specs:

  • A 15.5” by 5” mop surface for easy, fast cleaning
  • Telescoping handle with a double-locking system
  • Sturdy design for heavy-duty mopping

Feature Highlights:

  • Clipping mechanism for easy mop pad installation
  • Pads come with a wet/dry side, a floor waxing side, and a dirt-removing scrubber for easy cleanup


  • 360-degree rotating head for easy access to corners and molding
  • Plastic buffer on mop pad side prevents streaks


  • The clipping mechanism for the mop pads can fail sometimes
  • The stainless steel handle can be heavy for some users

Best Budget: Bona Premium Microfiber Mop

The Bona Microfiber Mop is one of the most versatile products on the market. It has an extra-large head that allows for 40% faster cleaning than other mops on the market, roughly 1-inch larger than its closest competitor, the Mr. Siga mop.

It also has flexible corners to minimize damage to surrounding objects. This feature is especially great for cleaning ceilings because you’ll want to move carefully around light fixtures, corners, and molding.

The pole of the Bona mop is made of aluminum, which makes it lightweight and durable, two things you need in a ceiling mop. After all, you wouldn’t want to prop up a heavy mop for long periods of time.

This product comes with two pad options: the dry dusting pad and the wet cleaning pad. The dusting pad is designed with electrostatic technology to trap dust, pet hair, and cobwebs. The wet cleaning pad has two different textures, which they call the dual zone cleaning action.

Both pads are reusable and machine washable up to 500 times, which is an excellent feature for environmentally conscious customers.

Product Specs:

  • Extra-large 16.5” by 4.5” mop head that covers a large surface area
  • A telescoping, extendable handle to easily reach ceilings and high walls
  • Lightweight design to avoid arm fatigue

Feature Highlights:

  • Locking strips that allow for easy attachment of the mop pads
  • Reusable pads that last for 500 machine washes


  • 40% faster than most other competing products
  • The electrostatic dusting head attracts dirt and grime easily


  • The velcro strips that hold the mop pads don’t extend to the flexible corners.
  • The aluminum handle can be a little weak.

Best Value: TETHYS Flat Mop and Bucket Set

The Tethys Flat Mop and Bucket Set is a great investment because, for a few extra bucks, you get a complete cleaning system for your ceilings, walls, and even floors.

The mop and bucket set is excellent because it takes the guesswork out of what style of the bucket to use for wetting and wringing your mop. And this can be challenging in the case of a large mop head, like the Bona mop.

The mop head is designed to swivel 280 degrees, which makes corner cleaning a breeze. The telescoping handle comes in several parts you can adjust based on the ceiling’s height without weighing the handle down.

The set comes with two microfiber pads that work for different surfaces, like stone, tiles, laminate, hardwood, vinyl, bamboo, cement, baseboards, and drywall. This is especially important if you have exposed wood beams on your ceiling you want to keep clean.

The whole system stores very easily inside the bucket, which is super convenient if you have limited storage space.

Product Specs:

  • 12.4” by 4.7” mop head for easy access to tight corners
  • A 51” extendable handle that comes in several parts
  • Bucket dimensions are 16″ x 7” x 9”

Feature Highlights:

  • Drainage holes in the buckets allow for easy emptying
  • Compact storage as all parts can fit inside the bucket


  • 280-degree rotatable head for easy maneuverability
  • Microfiber pad cleans different surfaces with ease


  • The swiveling head can be hard to control sometimes
  • The drying side of the bucket can be too narrow for the mop head

Best Design: Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop

The Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop is a wonderful substitute for bucket-and-mop sets that require hauling around a bucket full of water, like the Tethys system. With this mop, you can just spray the cleaning solution of your choice and wipe it off very easily.

The great thing about the Rubbermaid Reveal is that it’s not battery-operated. Instead, you use a trigger on the handle to spray the cleaning solution, or pure water, on the surface. This allows for better distribution of the cleaning product that doesn’t oversaturate the ceiling.

The design is also great because it doesn’t have super heavy components that can strain your arms when lifting them up. Just be careful that the spray bottle adds 22 fl. oz. to the final weight of the mop.

The handle is made of durable plastic that doesn’t rust or bend on pressure, which is a plus when you’re cleaning ceilings. The set comes with a microfiber pad that can be machine washed up to 100 times.

Product Specs:

  • 15″ x 4.5″ large mop head for good coverage
  • 54.5” single-length handle
  • 22 fl. oz. non-battery-operated spray bottle with a trigger on the handle

Feature Highlights:

  • Plastic handle that doesn’t tarnish, rust, or bend on pressure
  • Machine-washable microfiber pad that lasts for over 100 washes


  • Great substitute for bucket and mop cleaning sets
  • Allows you to use your own cleaning product


  • The handle is non-extendable
  • The final weight of the mop with a full spray bottle can be too heavy for some users

Best Accessibility: CHOMP! Long Handle Dust Mop

This CHOMP Dust Mop has a uniquely shaped head that sets it apart from competing products. The teardrop design can reach into tight corners, window trims, and unusual moldings, making it a handy choice if your ceiling isn’t completely flat.

While it’s smaller than the other options on this list, especially compared to the huge Bona or Mr. Siga mops, it makes up for it with clever design.

The handle is made of 3 pieces that fit telescopically and can extend to a whopping 60 inches. This makes it the longest of our choices for a ceiling mop and adds to the mop’s ability to clean walls and high ceilings.

The Chomp mop comes with two reusable microfiber mop pads that can be used moistened or dry. Just spray the walls with any cleaning solution you like, or wet the mop head with it, and use the mop to spread it evenly and dry it.

Product Specs:

  • 10″ x 10″ teardrop-shaped mop head for better accessibility
  • 26”–60” telescoping handle for high ceilings
  • Can be used wet or dry

Feature Highlights:

  • Heavy-duty plastic handle
  • Two machine-washable, reusable microfiber pads


  • 2-year guarantee to replace any defective products
  • Made in the USA


  • The mop head is small and requires a longer time to finish cleaning
  • Some users experienced handle locking mechanism failures

What to Consider When Buying a Mop for Ceilings

There are things you should put in mind when choosing a mop for cleaning ceilings, and they are:

Kitchen with white ceilings and wood furnished countertop with a white table and matching chairs

Handle Length

When it comes to cleaning ceilings, you can’t use a mop with a short handle. That’s why you should aim for a handle that’s at least 50” long and can reach narrow corners and can even clean the surface of your ceiling fans.

Not only will this help you scrub inaccessible areas, but it will also prevent muscle fatigue when you’re cleaning the ceilings of the whole house.


This is another crucial point for cleaning ceilings. The movement of your arms pushing and pulling against the ceiling is already tiring, but it gets even more so if the mop is unnecessarily heavy.

Lightweight mops range from 1.5 to 2 pounds. Heavier than 2 pounds, we’re talking heavy mops.

If you have a heavy-duty mop, better save it for cleaning floors and opt for something more portable and lightweight.

Wet/Dry Option

Most mops that are used for ceilings are dry, fluffy dusters that are meant to collect cobwebs, and dust, as well as pet hair that flies everywhere. These are all fine, but you should also have the option to use a cleaning solution or a mop water mixture if you have to.

If you do a lot of indoor grilling or live in the same home as a smoker, you know that smoke can discolor walls and ceilings. That’s where a wet mop is invaluable. It can get into the grime and scrub away the discoloration. And this brings us to the next point.

Mop Pad Material

Mop pads are usually made of cotton, microfibers, or artificial sponge material. The best option for both dry and wet mopping is by far microfiber.

Woman wearing a light gray dress holding a mop with a red colored mop head

Aside from having good electrostatic properties that attract dust and small fibers when dry, microfiber is also usually extremely absorbent in wet conditions. And with current fabric technologies, microfiber pads are reusable and machine washable, which makes them extra convenient.

Surface Area

Surface area is a bit of a double-edged sword here. If you go for a large mop head with a large surface area, you can finish cleaning faster and with less effort. However, the larger the mop head, the less it’s able to slither in tight corners and get into awkwardly-shaped trims and moldings.

Consider what your home requires; a large mop that will cover large surfaces in no time or a smaller mop head that will get into the areas you want it to get into with no fuss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few recurring questions regarding cleaning ceilings with a mop:

Is It Necessary to Clean My Ceiling With a Mop?

The aim behind cleaning your ceiling is to have a dust and insect-free environment that also looks neat and pretty. If cleaning with a duster provides you with that, then that’s great!

However, for some people, mopping the ceiling is necessary to get the house to look, smell, and be its best. In those cases, using a mop is super beneficial to the process and yields much nicer results.

How Can I Clean My Ceiling With a Flat Mop?

There are a few steps to the process, but it’s fairly easy:

●  Use a dry mop first to dust off any cobwebs, dirt, or pet hair
●  Go over the entire ceiling in a pulling motion to minimize fatigue
●  Clean the pad using a scraper or detach and dust it off between rooms
●  If there’s grime or discoloration, use a mop pad soaked in a cleaning solution, then wring it out to scrub the ceiling.
●  If the paint is absorbent, make sure not to linger over the same spot for too long to avoid oversaturation
●  Leave your ceiling to dry and check if you need to go over any spots once more

How Do I Handle Streaks From Wet Mopping?

Streaks are usually the result of a very wet mop hitting the drywall paint and oversaturating it. The answer here is actually more water, believe it or not.

This time, try to wring out your mop head pretty well before going over the streaks gently to blur the harsh water lines. These mop streaks should disappear when the ceiling has sufficiently dried.

Wrap Up

The best mop for cleaning ceilings is one that can handle both dry and wet cleaning. For our picks, we chose options that can suit your needs; whether you want fast cleaning, intricate accessibility, a bucket and mop system, or a built-in spray bottle.

Just remember that technique goes a long way here and that the tool should make your job easier, not more difficult!

Allen Michael is the Founder and Editor of Home Viable, a website that he started to provide readers with tips on home efficiency and automation. He draws on his engineering background combined with his family-of-four experiences for his articles.