How to Clean off your Norwex or e-cloth Dry (Dusting) Microfiber Mop Pad

ecloth microfiber dusting dry mop pad full of dog hairHmmm. Does this look familiar – or at least disgusting – to you? This is my e-cloth dry (dusting) mop pad after sweeping half of one room. I’ve got a definite dog-hair issue. I do this 3 times a day!

You’re probably asking yourself “who cares how much dog hair Kate has to deal with or how many times a day she has to sweep?“. I know that’s how Mark reacts when I tell him.

I don’t mind the sweeping so much as cleaning off the microfiber mop pad. I usually have to clean it off at least twice each time I sweep downstairs. So I’ve got it down to a science.

Where to Clean it Off:

Some people clean the pad off into the garbage or green bin (that’s a city-collected compost bin for those of you that aren’t lucky enough to have them), but I prefer to clean it off outside. For God’s sake, make sure you’re standing upwind of your mop before you start cleaning it off though or you’re in for a nasty surprise. Occasionally I brush it off into the toilet if I’m upstairs.

How to Clean it off:

All you need to do is brush it off. But if you have a Norwex or e-cloth dry mop pad, you probably already know that “just brushing it off” is easier said than done. There are several things that will work but here are my favorites:

  1. Use your hand – OK, this is not one of my favorites, but I’m mentioning it because it will kinda work. You’ll get the big stuff off but unless you really get your fingers into it, a lot of the miniscule dust is going to stay in there. I never do this.
  2. Pet brush – if you’re dealing with pet hair, chances are you’ve got a pet brush. We have KONG Zoom Groom Pet Brusha rubber Kong one that works great (that’s the blue thing on the right). I also have a brush with traditional bristles that works almost as well. I wouldn’t recommend using anything with wire/metal bristles – I don’t know what they would do to the fibers
  3. Comb – Since I never use it on my hair and it was just sitting around I’ve now designated it as my upstairs mop brusher-offer. (I should probably let Mark know about this 🙂 ). Obviously the finer the teeth, the better and you don’t want one with a a comb works well to clean off norwex and e-cloth microfiber mop padscurve to it (like in the picture to the left). Works well and it’s cheap.
  4. Rubber Brush – I have a Norwex one that I got free. It works well on the mop pad (really well actually, but no better than options 2 and 3, above). If you’ve got one of the Kong pet brushes, it’s essentially the same but with shorter/less bristles. I’ve seen rubber brushes at the Dollar Store.
  5. WARNING: The dry mop pad is not like any other e-cloth. The fibers are woven into it and can be loosened if you brush it off over enthusiastically with any sort of brush or comb. Use a kind of “flicking” motion with the brush/comb rather than a long brushing motion.
  6. Some kind people reminded me via comments that a vacuum also does a great job to clean the pad off. I know, it sounds crazy – you’re using the e-cloth mop to AVOID having to use the vacuum – but sometimes my mop ends up in the same room as the vacuum and I just suck that dirt right off of it.
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10 Responses to How to Clean off your Norwex or e-cloth Dry (Dusting) Microfiber Mop Pad

  1. Carrie says:

    Hi Kate, Thank you again for all of your help with cleaning the dry mop pad – I’ll try the “flicking” technique with the rubber brush from now on and see if that helps. I really appreciate you looking into that and following up – thank you!!! Another question about cleaning the dry mop pad… Whenever you launder it, do you wash it separately from your other microfiber cloths (or put it in a mesh bag or pillow case, maybe?) The last time I washed it, I noticed that my e-cloths had tiny white fibers or something embedded within the microfibers afterwards…and I’m wondering if the fibers from the dry mop pad are the culprit. Maybe the no-towels-or-other-linty-things rule applies to the dry mop pad as well? Should I launder it separately? And in the meantime, should I try boiling the cloths to get the white stuff out of the fibers? (or maybe just laundering them a few more times will do the trick…)

    Also, would this apply to the dust cloth as well, since it’s so fuzzy? And while I’m asking about the dust cloth :), how do you recommend getting the dust off as you’re using it? It’s SO good at holding on to the dust that I have a hard time getting it off during use. Do I just need to launder them to get the dust off? (By the way, I LOOOOOOVE the e-cloth dust cloths – they are better than ANYTHING I’ve ever used… I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually kind of enjoy dusting now! 🙂 They’re incredible.)

    Thank you again so much, Kate!

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    • Hi Carrie – The thing about the dry mop is that the fibers are woven into a mesh fabric so they can come loose. To be honest, I always wash mine with my other microfiber cloths but have not noticed the fibers but then, I don’t look at them really. I’ll have to take a closer look next time. I wouldn’t worry about them – at the very least, they’ll help the cloths attract a bit more dust. If it concerns you, you could wash it separately or in a pillow case. But I wouldn’t bother doing an extra wash of the cloths to get the fibers out. They’ll come out over time and I don’t expect they’ll impact the performance of the cloths.

      The dusting cloth is different because the fibers are actually part of the fabric so they won’t come loose. I give mine a good shake outside and brush-off with my hand (or comb, or brush) and only wash them every couple of weeks. I get MANY uses out of them before I actually launder them. I do recommend shaking as much dust off of them before laundering them.

      Glad to hear you’re still loving everything!

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      • Carrie says:

        Thank you, Kate! I’ve laundered them a couple more times and I think the little white fibers are starting to wash out. Also, thank you for the helpful info and tips on the dust cloths. I got my husband to try them out the other day, and he was very impressed. In fact – and I’m not kidding here, this is really true – he sheepishly said to me afterwards, “This will sound crazy, but I actually LIKE dusting with these.” He added that he even wouldn’t mind dusting the whole house for me since the dust cloths make it so easy & quick and work so well. (Yeah, I did a double-take on that one – “Um, can I hear you say that again?”) Go ahead, honey, be my guest! 🙂

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        • Thanks for the smile, Carrie. Very glad to hear that you AND your husband are impressed by the dusting cloths. My own husband used to laugh a lot and roll his eyes when I said how great they were – until he tried one. He still doesn’t dust :(, but he was pretty darned impressed.

          If you have the time, I’d love it if you copy and paste your comments as a review on my website for the dusting cloths. Many thanks!

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  2. Carrie says:

    Hi Kate, I love the e-cloth mop!!!!!! And I so much appreciated your “how to clean” post here–very helpful. I have a rubber pet brush (it’s just like the Kong one) that I used to brush off the dry mop pad, right after my first floor cleaning with it (did I mention how much I love this mop???), and it does indeed do a wonderful job of getting the dirt, dust, etc off the pad – just like you shared. Problem is, it also does a wonderful job of getting off some of the mop pad fibers… Is this okay? I was outside “brushing” the pad, and I kept seeing little white tufts of fuzz flying off my pet brush. At first I thought it was just dust from my very dusty hardwood floors, but then I realized that the brush was actually brushing off some of the fibers themselves (or “fuzz” from the mop pad, which I assume are the fibers…?) Will this be a problem over time? I don’t want to erode the pad or “brush away” the effectiveness of it over time, so should I switch to something gentler for brushing it? Maybe even bite the bullet and go ahead with ordering the Norwex rubber brush? (since the rubber bristles on the Norwex brush appear a lot less “stiff” than the thick rubber pet brush ones? It doesn’t look like it would brush off the mop pad fibers as much.) Thanks for your help!

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    • Carrie – This is interesting about your dry mop pad. I’m trying to remember when I first got mine if something similar happened. Your comment spurred some sort of memory for me but I could be off. I’m thinking that a bit of fuzz came off the first couple of times I used it. I racked it up to loose fibers. Certainly nothing has come off since and I’m pretty aggressive with my brush-off. Would you mind trying it a couple more times and letting me know? I wouldn’t resort to the Norwex brush yet. There are certainly cheaper alternatives. Did you try a comb? Definitely let me know what happens over the next few days, please.

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  3. Kris says:

    I own a cleaning business and usually just vacuum up the stuff the mop picks up. Most of the places we go to have both carpet and hard floors, so it’s easy to take care of that. I will remember the rubber brush and comb ideas, though!
    I have a question for you, Kate. I found your blog, have read much (I’m so impressed!) and am interested in both the Norwex for the products that ecloths don’t have, and ecloths for the price! I’ve been pretty happy with the Costco cloths, but they do leave fibers on glass. Could you email me? Thanks!

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  4. Cloth Diaper Guru says:

    We vacuum ours to get it clean. Usually I have the vacuum out to do the rugs, and it’s pretty easy to buzz our mop around the hardwood floors. I can’t imagine having to do this 3 times a day (I clean once weekly). Our dog is small but she still sheds a lot, so we have her trained to stay in the kitchen or basement.

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    • Cloth Diaper Guru – Thank you for adding this. I had meant to but forgot. I only rarely use the vacuum but if it’s ever handy when I’ve just swept, I also vacuum the pad off.

      Our dogs – (I should say dog, now) – have the run of the house – EXCEPT the kitchen. Although they both have had their bouts of sneaking in there and grabbing stuff off the counter while we’re out.

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