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:
- 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.
- Pet brush – if you’re dealing with pet hair, chances are you’ve got a pet brush. We have a 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
- 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 curve to it (like in the picture to the left). Works well and it’s cheap.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.