People often wonder if they can clean a mop head in the washing machine. After all, it is made of fabric and appears to be washable.
But before you put your mop head into the washer, there are some important points to consider.
Not all mops are designed to be washed in a washing machine; some may shrink or lose their shape when exposed to such high temperatures and agitation.
Eeven if your particular mop is safe for the washing machine, you need to make sure that you use the right type of detergent and settings so as not to damage your machine or shorten its lifespan.
Keep reading to find out more!
What Mops Can Be Washed in Washing Machine?
You may be surprised to learn that some mop heads can actually be washed in the same way you would wash clothes:
Most cotton looped end mop heads
Microfiber dusters and cloth pads
Cut-end wet mops
Towel looped end wet mops
Flat mopping systems with removable cloth pads
These mop heads are all safe to put into your washing machine.
Don’t put a sponge mop head in the washing machine, as it can release particles into the water and potentially clog your machine’s drainage system.
However, it is important to check the manufacturer’s instructions before throwing any type of mop head into your washer.
Some manufacturers may advise against putting certain materials into the washing machine due to their fragility or the type of material used.
Tips for Using Washer to Clean Mop Heads
Once you’ve confirmed that your mop head is suitable for washing in the machine, it’s time to get started.
Here are some tips on how to wash mop heads in a washing machine:
Dilute detergent with water before adding mop heads. This will help to avoid discoloration and increase efficiency of the wash.
Choose a mild detergent or one specifically designed for machine washing delicate fabrics.
Set the washing machine to the gentle cycle, with warm water (never hot).
Do not mix different types of mop heads in one wash to avoid color bleeding.
Air-dry mop heads on a clothesline or in the dryer on low heat setting.
Avoid overloading the washing machine, which can cause discoloration and reduce its lifespan.
How to Clean Your Washer Afterwards?
After washing your mop heads in the machine, it is important to clean the washer itself. This will help to prevent bacteria and mold from building up on its interior surfaces.
To clean a top-loading washer, first use a damp cloth to wipe away any built-up residue from the drum and rubber door seal. Then, set the machine to a hot cycle and add a half-cup of white vinegar or baking soda.
Once the cycle is complete, wipe down all surfaces with the cloth. This will help to remove any remaining soap build-up and help keep your washer clean for future use.
For front-loading washers, you can use a washing machine cleaner. Follow the instructions on the package to make sure that the washer is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
Should You Dry Mop Heads After in Washing Machine?
Yes, it is important to dry mop heads after washing them in the machine. This will help to eliminate any moisture and prevent mold or mildew from forming on the fabric. If possible, hang mop heads up to air dry. You can also use a low-heat cycle in your clothes dryer for this purpose.
It is perfectly safe to wash mop heads in the washing machine as long as you take the necessary precautions. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions and use the right type of detergent and settings for your mop head. Finally, don’t forget to clean your washer afterwards!