To get started with the Norwex Mop, you'll need the telescopic mop handle and mop base. The handle is adjustable in height (it should be as tall as your chin for proper use) so that you can expend the least amount of energy while mopping your floors. It's adjustable from 98 cm to 160 cm to accommodate a large variety of users - just twist to the proper height! The mop base is extremely durable and comes in two sizes - small and large - to suit your cleaning needs. It easily snaps into the telescopic mop handle, and can freely rotate or you can use the easy locking mechanism to keep the base firm when washing walls. Velcro® strips secure the Mop Pads (described below) to the base, and rubber edging protects walls and furniture.
|Norwex Telescopic Mop Handle and Mop Base|
The Norwex Mop Pads come in both dry and wet options. Our dry mop pads employ a static charge that attracts dust to the mop like a magnet. They are extremely efficient for cleaning floors, ceilings, walls, ceiling fans, and high windows. The static charge attracts dirt, dust, pet hair, crumbs, and micro particles like a silent vacuum cleaner, and prevents the particles from flying through the air and being displaced.
Dust from outside can enter your home in many ways - generally, the less dust in your home, the fewer allergens you and your family are exposed to. Inside the house, dust is produced by:
- Dead skin cells
- Food and plant fibers
- Pet dander and hair
- Dust mite feces and dead dust mites
Routinely dry mopping will significantly minimize the amount of dust on your floors that could be picked up by airflow and carried to all other surfaces in your home.
|Norwex Mop Pads|
Norwex has two dry mop pads - the Regular Dry Mop Pad, which is made of 100% polyester, and comes in two sizes, small (5"x12") and large (5"x20"). The Superior Dry Mop Pad is great for large flooring areas, especially where there are children and pets. It is 100% microfiber, and will pick up even the smallest particles of dust, dirt, pet hair, and crumbs. It also comes in size small (5"x12") and size large (6"x19"). These dry mop pads have a thick pile, and easily attach to the Velcro® on the Mop Base. You should always use a Dry Mop before using the Wet Mop. Regular use of dry mopping will preserve hardwood and tile floors, and reduce the wear and tear on surfaces. To use it, start by dusting the edges from the furthest point in the room back toward the exit or door, then move the Dry Mop in a figure 8 pattern, keeping the leading edge of the mop forward at all times. The rotating mop base makes this easy and allows you to reach hard to access areas (including under furniture, tables, and appliances)! Following this pattern will keep all the dust collected on the same side of the mop.
Dry Mop Pads can be cleaned by shaking them outside, and using it multiple times before laundering. It can also be vacuumed, or (my recommended method) brushed off in the garbage can using the Norwex Rubber Brush. The Rubber Brush is also great for removing pet hair from furniture! Dry Mop Pads should be laundered with other lint-free laundry, and the recommended detergent is Norwex Ultra Power Plus. You should not use bleach or fabric softener.
The Wet Mop Pad is made of antibac* microfiber and can be used on all washable surfaces such as floors, walls, ceilings, and windows. It also comes in two sizes - small (5"x13") and large (5"x20"). Moisten the Wet Mop Pad under running tap water, and wring out well before attaching it to the Mop Base. The mop can then be moved back and forth over the surface. When the friction lessens, you can move it in a figure 8 just like in the Dry Mop Pad description. For difficult stains, spray water on the surface and rub more vigorously, or place your foot on the base to give additional force if needed. The friction will be the greatest the first time the mop is used since the surface at that point will have more dirt. When mopping, do not use soap!
Use the Wet Mop Pads for:
- Ceramic tiles
- Porcelain tiles
- Porous tiles
- Hardwood floors
- Laminate flooring
For laminate and hardwood flooring, always go with the grain. Putting excess water on mop pads can result in streaking; wood or laminate floors need to be cleaned with minimal moisture as using too much water can cause the wood to swell and possibly crack the finish.
To care for your Wet Mop pads, we suggest rinsing wet mop pads in warm water and using them again before being washed. You will find that one mop head will clean your entire floor! It can be used until the front inch of pad shows signs of being dirty. You can brush it off with the Rubber Brush after use. It can be washed with regular lint-free laundry, just do not use bleach or fabric softener as these products will destroy the ability of the mop pad to clean effectively. We recommend using Norwex Ultra Power Plus as your laundry detergent.
As an extra option, Norwex offers Mop Brackets, durable rubber grommets that attach to the mop base, which allow you to convert your Mop to a window or ceiling washer and can be used with a Window Cloth, Enviro Cloth, or Car Cloth to wash and polish hard to reach areas. Please note that when cleaning walls and windows, be sure to use the mop in one direction - push/pull action can flip the mop base, resulting in potentially scratching a surface. For dirty outside windows, clean with a Wet Mop pad first, then follow with the Car Cloth or Window Cloth.
|Norwex Mop Base Brackets|
Advantages of the Norwex Mop:
- No pails
- Use water and a spray bottle
- Mop lifts and traps dirt & debris
- Floor dries very quickly
- Tall, telescopic adjustable handle - no bending!
- No toxic chemicals
- Saves time
- Steam can burn
- Steam does not remove the dirt
- Norwex Mop is quick and easy, it is lightweight and easy to maneuver
- Norwex Mop does not use electricity, so there are no cords to trip over
- Steam mops put out a lot of moisture and can cause hardwood floors to swell
- Floor warranties may be voided if a steam mop is used because it is harsh on the floors
- Norwex CLEANS your floors - it does not leave residue or require chemicals
- Norwex doesn't have a water reservoir that needs to be continuously filled
Need more convincing? Read this article on Consumer Digest about steam cleaners. It states that to sanitize floors, the temperature of the steam has to reach a certain level or it will take longer - and that manufacturers don't always state how long the mop should be in one spot to actually sanitize. On the flip side, if you hold a steam mop in one spot it will discolor and/or warp your floors.
Still have questions? Let me know! I have additional resources on this topic that I am happy to share. Furthermore, if you are local, I am able to travel and demonstrate using my Norwex Mop - I will even use your typical floor cleaning method first, and follow it with Norwex Mop so you can see exactly how much dirt and grime was left behind!
Please note - if you have used other floor cleaning methods in the past, it may take several uses to break down all the residue of your previous cleaners on your floors. A little persistence and time will allow Norwex to bring your floors back to a real clean!
If you have kids at home, the Norwex Kids Mop Package will allow your little helpers to contribute too! Mopping with Norwex makes cleaning fun - and the Kids Mop is in bright colors and appropriately sized for children. The existing small pads will fit the Kid's Mop base.
Is there a proper way to clean with the mop?
Always dry mop with the Dry Mop Pad or Dry Superior Mop Pad prior to using the Wet Mop Pad. The yellow mop pads are for “dry” cleaning, and the blue mop pads which are antibacterial are for “wet” cleaning. Be sure to move the mop in a wide figure-8 pattern from left to right in front of you, bringing the mop towards you as you back up so that you will be moving the dirt and debris in one direction. When wet mopping, moisten the mop with clean water before using. If the mop is too wet, wring it out prior to use.
What is the difference between the Dry Mop Pad and the Dry Superior Mop Pad?
The Dry Mop Pad is made of 100% polyester while the Dry Superior Mop Pad is made of 100% Norwex microfiber and boasts all the benefits of microfiber in its ability to pickup and hold the smallest particles of dust, pet hair, micro particles and debris and hold water.
How do I use the mop to clean my windows and polish hard to reach areas?
Attach the Mop Base Brackets onto the top side of the Mop Base and fasten the Window Cloth, Enviro Cloth or Car Cloth in place by wrapping it around the Mop Base and firmly pressing the cloth into the rubber grommet slits on the Mop Base Brackets. Lock the base by pushing the green lever until it locks into position.
How do I assemble the mop?
Loosen the Telescopic Mop Handle by twisting the upper blue handle to the left. Pull gently to nose height. Tighten the handle by gently twisting to the right. To attach the Mop Base to the Telescopic Mop Handle, depress the green bumps on the Mop Base and slide the Telescopic Handle over until the green bumps fit into the holes. To lock the base for doing walls and ceilings, push the blue lever until it locks into position. Attach the Wet Mop Pad, Dry Mop Pad, Dry Superior Mop Pad, or the Tile Mop Pad to the Mop Base.
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