Why is my Norwex or e-cloth Mop Leaving Streaks?

Pretend I’m you for a moment. You just received your new e-cloth mop in the mail…

I did it! I read Kate’s great reviews of the e-cloth (and Norwex) mop and I splurged and got myself one. After all, I TRUST Kate. She tells it like it is. She wouldn’t lie to me.

My mop arrived in the mail today and here I am, happily putting it together and mopping my floor. La-dee-da, ain’t life grand?

But wait now. What is that? What the heck?! Are those STREAKS on my floor? Kate most definitely didn’t say anything about streaks on my floor! Oh… my… God! Those ARE streaks on my floor!

how to prevent streaks on wood tile floor mop

OK, now I’m Kate again…

So you’ve got your new e-cloth (or Norwex) mop and what you thought was going to be great has turned into a streaky nightmare and you’re cursing me.

Please stop cursing me. I think I can help.

3 Reasons Why your e-cloth® (or Norwex) Mop may be Leaving Streaks

  1. The mop pad is too wet – The damp mop pad should be just barely wet. If you can wring any water out of it, it’s too wet. The pad should be “just damp” so that your floor will dry almost immediately. If you finish mopping a room and the spot where you started is still wet, the mop is too wet (unless the room in miniscule).
  2. The mop pad is dirty – As you mop your floor, the pad will become dirty. It’s important to rinse the pad off as you use it. How often you need to rinse is going to depend on the condition of your floors. In the spring and fall – the “muddy” seasons – I typically have to rinse the pad after I finish every room or two thanks to the tracks my kids and dog bring in. In the summer and winter, I can easily do half of my downstairs area without rinsing. Take a look at the pad as you’re mopping. If it’s dirty, rinse it. Hot water will open the fibers so the dirt can be released. Then wring it out really well and put it back on the mop.
  3. There is cleanser or polish on the floor – If you’ve used any sort of cleanser or polish on your floors in the past, it may take a few uses of the e-cloth (or Norwex) mop to remove it. Each time you use the e-cloth mop, it will remove a bit of that cleanser/polish and the floor will look streaky. Once you’ve used the e-cloth mop enough to remove all the cleanser/polish, you should no longer see streaks and you’ll find that the mop glides more easily over the surface.

3 Ways to Eliminate Streaks from your e-cloth® (or Norwex) Mop

This is kind of a repeat on the info above, but just in case you missed it:

  1. Use the dry mop pad first to sweep the floor and get rid of any loose dirt. If it’s spring/fall (muddy season), I sometimes wait until muddy paw prints have dried on my floors and then I sweep them up with the dry/dusting pad. Getting rid of most of the dirt with the dry/dust pad means you’ll have to rinse your damp pad out less
  2. Wring out the damp pad well before you use it. It should be just barely wet.
  3. Rinse the damp pad regularly as you use it. If it looks dirty, it IS dirty. Rinse it, wring it and continue.

Hopefully this helps. If not, feel free to contact me and we’ll see what else we can do.

And if you haven’t tried the e-cloth mop, what are you waiting for? Did you know it was voted Best Washable Mop by REAL SIMPLE magazine last year?

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5 Responses to Why is my Norwex or e-cloth Mop Leaving Streaks?

  1. amyctilson says:

    Mopping with the grain of the wood, as suggested in the directions makes a huge difference. I think I was spreading dirt, too. It’s so easy and fast, though, that It’ll probably stop after a few mops because I’ll do it much more frequently.

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  2. Erin in MI says:

    This is Exactly what has happened to me today. My thoughts, 1. crud, now my floor is streaky, 2. double crud, my husband is going to come home see a streaky floor and ask why I spent $100 on a mop that leaves streaks. 🙂 Thanks for the advice, I’ll try the tips and hopefully it will help.

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    • Erin – Oh that stinks, doesn’t it? I have faith that you’ll get rid of the streaks. Please do let me know if any of my remedies/ideas worked or not. If they do, great. If they don’t I’ll keep digging for more ideas.

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  3. Beth says:

    I have done all of the above suggestions, but it is still streaky (just like your picture) on my wood floor. Help!!!

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    • Beth, do you have 2 of the damp mop pads by any chance? My latest trick is to use pad #1 until it’s dirty then put it in a sink/bucket full of hot water with a bit of dish soap (like 1/4 tsp). Then I dampen pad #2 and use it until it’s dirty and switch the 2 pads. The extra long rinse seems to work well. Depending on how much floor you have to clean, it may be necessary to change the water in the sink. If that doesn’t work, I’ve had luck with putting some vinegar (maybe 1/4 cup) in with the rinse water. The most common source of streaks on the floor is a dirty pad.

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