How Does a Spin Mop Work

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A spin mop is a convenient floor cleaning tool that usually comes with a highly absorbent circular or triangular head. Most spin mops have microfiber strings/strands that absorb messes and spills quickly instead of pushing mop water around.

In this article, we’ll discuss how a spin mop works and why you should use it. It’ll help you decide whether or not it’s the right type of mop for you based on your needs.

How Does a Spin Mop Work

A spin mop allows you to remove both wet and dry messes from floors. What makes a spin mop better than the regular one is that it features a built-in wringing mechanism. It allows you to clean and wring the mop’s head quickly and easily without touching it.

Most spin mops offer a wringing mechanism attached to the dual chamber bucket they come with. It spins the mop to thoroughly remove excess water. You need to place the mop head in the bucket’s wringer chamber and press the mop handle down. 

The handle will automatically go up as you release the force and you’ll need to press it again. Performing this down and up motion will allow the mop to spin and remove excess water.

However, some models have this feature installed on their handle that allows you to twist the mop head to wring it.

How To Use a Spin Mop

Spin mops are really easy to use. The following steps will have you using this type of mop in not time:

  1. Add about a gallon of hot water to the cleaning solution’s chamber, along with a few drops of cleaning fluid of your choice.
  2. Place the spin mop’s head in the solution to wet it thoroughly.
  3. Now, place the mop head in the second chamber to spin it for wringing and removing excess water. If you have a mop with the wringing feature attached to its handle, consider twisting it for the same purpose.
  4. Place the moist mop on the floor and start the cleaning process.
  5. Once your mop becomes dry, repeat the same steps to continue cleaning your floors.

Why Use a Spin Mop

Using a spin mop is one of the easiest and quickest ways to clean your house’s floors. Not only does it allow you to wring the mop head conveniently but it also keeps your mop water clean for a long time. The following are some reasons why you should use a spin mop.

Unique Wringing Mechanism

One of the most challenging tasks, while cleaning floors with a mop, is to wring the wet mop’s head. A spin mop makes it easy with its built-in wringing mechanism. 

It allows you to remove excess water from the mop head within seconds and reduce mop water wastage.


As the spin mop allows you to control the mop head’s moisture level, you can use it for different types of floors. From floors that require wet cleaning for disinfecting purposes when your dog pees, to delicate ones like vinyl and laminate that need damp or dry cleaning, a spin mop covers everything.

You can also tilt the handle of spin mops to 180 degrees angle to clean hard-to-reach spaces conveniently.


Cleaning floors is a time-consuming task but a spin mop allows you to complete it faster than regular mops. That’s because you don’t need to wring a spin mop using your hands, which saves you both time and energy.


As mentioned earlier, most spin mops offer microfiber strings. They’re long-lasting and can be used for up to 200 washes, as compared to regular string mops that last about 30 washes.

It means that a spin mop head can last for three to four years if you use it to clean your floors every week. Even after that, you’ll need to replace only the mop head, not the entire thing, which will save you money.

Ease of Maintenance

Most mop heads are machine washable, which makes it easy to wash them. Plus, the entire spin mop system, including the basket and wringer, is also easy to clean. You can use any milk detergent to clean them easily after every use.

Important Note: Make sure that you don’t use bleach to clean your microfiber mop heads. That’s because this chemical can deteriorate microfiber and affect its absorbency level.

How Long Do Spin Mops Last?

The lifespan of a spin mop depends on the frequency of mopping, type of flooring, and quality of the product. Generally, if you use a high-quality spin mop with microfiber strings, clean sealed floors weekly, and wash the mop head after every use, it can last for three to four years.

The lifespan of your spin mop will decrease dramatically if you use it for unsealed hard floors and don’t clean it regularly.

What Spin Mop is Best for Wood Floors

If you have engineered or hardwood floors in your house, consider using a spin mop that comes with 100 percent microfiber strings. Make sure that you use a dry to damp mop head while cleaning such floors.

It’ll allow you to minimize the risk of wood floor damage that moisture can cause. Additionally, you’ll also need to use a cleaning solution, which is specially designed for wood floors.

How to Clean a Spin Mop Head

We recommend you remove the spin mop’s head if it’s machine washable. After removing it, you’ll need to set it into the machine to clean it thoroughly, using a mild detergent.

If the mop head isn’t machine washable, consider using the steps listed below.

  1. Add a gallon of hot water to a bucket along with a few drops of milk detergent and one tablespoon of baking soda.
  2. Rinse the mop head using that water and detergent mixture for 30 to 40 seconds.
  3. Leave the mop head to sit in the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. After that, rinse the mop head again for 10 to 15 seconds and wring it properly.
  5. Discard the cleaning solution and hand dry the cleaned spin mop’s head.

You can attach it back to the mop once it has dried completely to start using it again.

Final Words

A spin mop is a convenient and reliable tool that allows you to clean all types of floors, even concrete flooring. It saves you time and energy because of its built-in wringing future.

We hope this guide will help you understand how a spin mop works and how to use it effectively. Make sure that you clean and hang-dry your mop head after every use to maximize its lifespan.

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.