IN A NUTSHELL:
The Norwex Tile Mop Pad rocks my little world. It makes short work of muddy paw prints and dried up milk/yogurt/jam spills that your kids “forgot” to wipe up. It’s not actually better at cleaning tiles than the Wet Pad and it’s pricey, but it will fit onto the e-cloth mop so you can save $$ if you’re in need of a whole mop “package”.
Preamble to Kate’s Review Of the Norwex Tile Mop Pad
F irst off, I’ve GOT to introduce you to our new dog, Ruger. He has adopted the Norwex tile mop pad as his own. Where the mop pad goes, Ruger goes. It’s a strange relationship.
Ruger is a 1-year old rescue that took the long trip up to Canada from Texas. He doesn’t bark often, but when he does, he has an accent. Hardy har! It’s been 3 years since the 2nd of our two Labrador Retrievers died and I’ve been missing the dog-panionship.
My old dogs, Riley and Roxy, were food-obsessed. If my eyes went in the direction of the fruit bowl, Riley started drooling. If we ordered pizza, Roxy started drooling the second we we started discussing toppings. And like clockwork, both dogs started drooling an hour before their dinner every day. There was drool all over our house and do you know what dog drool dries like? Glue! It dries like GLUE! It leaves a solid streak across the floor that is not easily wiped up.
Now you’re asking: “Kate, why are you talking about your OLD dogs when you’ve got that amazingly cute, frisky-looking NEW dog?“
Well… I bring up the old dogs because many moons ago, I was on my hands and knees, using the e-cloth Stainless Steel cloth (or it might have been the Range and Stovetop cloth – I can’t remember) to wipe up some day(s!)-old drool from our tile floor around the dogs’ food bowls. I was so impressed with how well the little scrubby strips in that cloth removed the drool that I stopped mid-job and emailed the head of e-cloth® in the US. I said “you’ve GOT to make a mop pad like this!“
Sadly e-cloth® didn’t go with the idea.
Which brings me to the Norwex Tile Mop Pad.
What is the Norwex Tile Mop Pad?
The Tile Mop Pad is a high-quality microfibre pad that has strips of nylon fibres woven into it. The nylon fibres have a stiff, slightly bristly – but NOT abrasive – feel to them and they are very similar to the scrubby strips in the e-cloth® Stainless Steel and Range & Stovetop cloths.
What is Similar Between the Norwex Tile Mop Pad and Wet Mop Pad?
Overall the pads are very similar:
- Both the Tile Mop and Wet Mop Pads are meant to be used damp.
- The Tile and Wet pads will both “remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface when following the proper care and use instructions” (quoted from the Norwex website)
- The pads are the same size although they appear different in this picture. My Wet Mop Pad (the blue one) is an old version and the edges were finished with a serger. At some point, Norwex changed the finishing and all new pads – like my tile mop pad – have piping along the edges. The piping adds a bit of length.
- Both pads attach to the Norwex mop base with velcro.
- Both pads attach to the e-cloth® mop (more on that later, but remember this fact because it will save you a lot of money).
What is the Difference Between the Norwex Tile Mop Pad and Wet Mop Pad?
There are 2 main differences between the Norwex Tile Mop and Wet Mop Pads:
- The tile mop pad does not contain the BacLock® agent (AKA: silver. Previously known as “anitbac” but Norwex got a trademark on the word BacLock). Some of you may feel this is a deal-breaker, but if you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that in my opinion, the BacLock/anitbac feature is over-rated. If you’re confused – as many are – here is my post on how the BacLock/anitbac/silver works and another post detailing why I don’t think high quality microfibre cloths like Norwex and e-cloth® don’t need silver.
- The Tile Mop Pad has nylon strips of scrubbers (those are the blue lines in the pad). The Wet Mop Pad does not.
- The Tile Mop Pad is cheaper than the Wet Pad.
Kate’s Home Test of the Norwex Tile Mop Pad
I’ve had the Norwex Tile Mop Pad for a couple of weeks now and put it to a number of “tests”. My two boys were very happy to help me out by spilling more than a few things (yogurt, milk, dinner, toothpaste, etc.) and then doing a half-a$$ job of wiping it up. Little surprise “tile pad tests” all over the house.
I hate to say this because I’m afraid to jinx it but… Sadly(?) the new dog, Ruger, is not a drooler, so I have had no dried-up drool messes to challenge the tile pad with.
Tile Mop Pad Test #1 – Muddy Footprints on Tile
Some might consider this the most important test. Cleaning actual TILES with the TILE mop pad.
I only have a small area of tiled flooring in our house – in the mudroom and bath/laundry room. The tiles are brown – to hide the dirt. But you know what?…BROWN TILES DON’T HIDE DIRT! What the what?
Anyhoo, the Norwex Tile Mop Pad makes quick work of the muddy paw prints. The prints in this picture were maybe 80% dry so they were a combination of dust and mud but the pad easily picked up the damp and dry bits. It was equally great at cleaning purely muddy prints that I did not manage to get a picture of. Oh, and the Tile Mop Pad also easily wiped up some salt stains (it’s winter here in Cambridge).
Unfortunately – and this is a factor for the Wet Mop Pad as well – the fibres in the Tile Mop Pad are not long enough to reach the grout between tiles. The fibres slightly brush across some of the grout but there is certainly no “scrubby-action” on the grout.
Tile Mop Pad Test #2: Dried Milk (and other things) on Wood Floor
My house has a variety of wood flooring – that’s what you get with a 140+ year old house, I guess. We’ve got some hardwood, a room that is 3/4 hardwood and then a weird rectangle of softwood (what the heck is with that?), and some old pine planking that has seen far better days. The “old” dogs did a real number on the pine, as you can see…
In my weekly (or maybe I go longer than that… I’ll never tell) wet mopping of the floors, I came across dried up milk, dried up soup – complete with small chunk of something, and dried ketchup. These are all messes that the boys “cleaned up“. Their words, not mine. One of them had obviously just been spread around with their sock. Boys!
What do all of these spills have in common? They’re glue-like when dried.
The Norwex Tile Pad worked really well on all of these messes. Did the pad clean them in an instant? No. The pad isn’t sprinkled with fairy dust. But with a little back-and-forth, each of the “glue” spots were cleaned up quickly without much effort on my part.
Tile Mop Pad Test #3: Identified Dried Slop Beside Dishwasher on Cork Flooring
You know when you put a cup or bowl in the dishwasher and as you place it down, you notice (because of the splash) there was some liquid left in there? No? Well my husband and kids sure as heck do because it seems to happen to them often. And you know where some of that “splash” ends up and never gets wiped? Right beside the dishwasher, that’s where.
Like the dried messes on the wood floors, the Tile Mop Pad cleaned the dried slop stuff relatively easily, but as with the grout in the tile flooring, the fibres on the pad don’t reach down into all the natural divots in the cork.
Tile Mop Pad Test #4: Greasy Residue
I cooked something the other day that ended up with grease spattering onto the walls and floors (and me). I quickly cleaned the walls, but in the flurry of getting dinner ready, I kind of forgot(?)/neglected to clean the floor. But in thinking about this post, I remembered. My “finger” test (dragging my finger across the floor) confirmed that the grease spots were still there. So, I got the trusty new Tile Mop Pad out and quickly cleaned the kitchen floor. I kid you not, squeaky clean in seconds. Typically I wipe that kind of mess by hand with a General Purpose cloth (see my review here). The Tile Mop Pad worked just as well (and easier) than hand-washing.
How does the Performance of the Tile Pad Compare to the Wet Pad
To my naked, not overly picky eye, the Norwex Tile Mop Pad cleans just as well as the Norwex Wet Pad. Here’s my review of the Wet Pad if you’re interested.
- Like the Wet Pad, the Tile pad left all my hard flooring surfaces streak-free and squeaky clean.
- The Tile Mop Pad equally effective at cleaning dirt, flour, and grease/oil
- Cleaning dried liquid messes like toothpaste, milk and ketchup are where the Tile Mop Pad really shines. The Wet Pad is capable of cleaning these but I’ve always had to put my foot on the mop base to apply enough pressure to properly clean the mess. With the Tile Mop Pad, I am able to clean with only a little back-and-forth motion. No foot required.
- I haven’t tested it yet, but I have no doubt that the Tile Mop Pad will be very good at cleaning dried (or wet) dog drool
- Neither the Tile Pad nor the Wet Pad is effective at cleaning grout between tiles. What the what, Tile Pad?
- Neither of the pads is “great” at getting into corners. I have to push the corner of the pad down with my fingers to clean in corners properly.
- Both the Tile and Wet pads cling onto dirt. I found neither pad will pick up some kinds of debris – like Christmas tree needles – but ideally you’ll have swept/vacuumed or cleaned that up with your dust pad first.
This final picture is of the pad after I cleaned the entire first floor of my house, including living and dining rooms, kitchen, family room, bathroom and mudroom. I didn’t sweep/vacuum beforehand so the pad picked up a good amount of stuff, including some sizeable bits of mud.
Is Not Having BacLock a Problem for the Tile Mop Pad?
Absolutely not. If you have not already read it, please take a look at my post on how BacLock/antibac works. The purpose of the BacLock is to kill bacteria IN the mop pad. It in no way impacts how well the mop pad cleans a surface.
Taking my typical cleaning scenarios as an example, you’ll see that the BacLock feature is not needed:
Scenario 1 – Spot-cleaning during Muddy/wet Season
During the muddy/wet seasons, I do frequent (several times per day) spot-mopping of muddy doggie and kiddie footprints. The Mop is stationed near the door and depending on how dirty the pad is, I may – or may not – rinse the pad out between uses. At the end of the day, I either hand wash the mop pad in the sink with hot water and a bit of detergent or I put it in the washing machine. Since I essentially wash it within a few hours of use, the BacLock feature doesn’t even come into action.
Scenario 2 – Weekly entire house floor cleaning during dry season
During dry seasons, I only wet-mop my floors once a week (or possibly once every two weeks). I mop the entire house (rinsing the pad out periodically as I go) and then put the pad in the washing machine. Since I wash it within a few hours of use, the BacLock feature doesn’t even come into action.
I have mop pads with and withOUT the BacLock feature, but my washing/laundering regime is the same for them all: If I use the pad for light cleaning and it’s not overly dirty, I rinse it in hot water and detergent and then hang to dry. If I use the pad and it’s filthy – I launder it. The BacLock feature would only really come into play if I mopped the floor then just left the pad, wet, on the mop. I can’t imagine a scenario in which I would not either rinse well or launder the pad after use.
Do You Need the Norwex Tile Mop Pad?
Truthfully, unless you have a huge house or mop your floors daily, it’s my opinion that you only “need” one pad for wet-mopping. In a perfect world, I would only have one – because I don’t like having extra “stuff” – but I like to test things so I have a few: e-cloth® Damp Pad, Norwex Wet Pad (these two are almost identical – see my comparison here.) and the Norwex Tile Pad.
Overall, the performance of the two Norwex pads and the e-cloth damp pad is very similar. They are equally effective on tile flooring – and all hard surface flooring – but none of them have fibres long enough to clean grout well. In my opinion, the only advantage of the Tile Mop Pad is that it is better at cleaning sticky messes.
To help you decide whether to purchase the Tile Mop Pad or not, I’m going to run through a couple of scenarios:
Scenario 1 – You already own a Norwex (or e-cloth®) Mop
I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that if you own a Norwex mop, you already have the Norwex Wet Pad. If you own the e-cloth mop, you definitely have a Wet Pad since it comes with the mop. These pads work incredibly well to clean floors and they clean tile flooring just as well as the Norwex Tile Pad.
- If you’re considering purchasing the Tile Pad because you think it’s going to do a better job at cleaning tiles, or the grout between tiles, you’re going to be disappointed. I’d say save your money and pass unless you are constantly having to clean large areas of sticky messes (like dried dog drool, toothpaste, ketchup, etc.). In this case, the scrubby bits on the Tile Mop Pad are going to save you a lot of effort.
- If you’re considering the Tile Pad because it’s cheaper than the Norwex Wet Pad and you would like a second pad for wet-mopping with your mop, I recommend purchasing the e-cloth damp pad instead. You’ll save far more money for an equally great product. If you missed it above, here is my comparison of the ecloth and norwex mops and pads.
Scenario 2 – You don’t already own a Norwex (or e-cloth®) Mop
In this case, save yourself some money and purchase the e-cloth® mop. It is a steal at $39.99 and includes a damp pad! It is very, VERY similar to the Norwex mop and performs identically. See my full comparison of the two here. Then, after you use the mop for a while and find that you’re dealing with a lot of dried, sticky messes, go ahead and get the Norwex Tile Pad.
Pros and Cons of the Norwex Tile Mop Pad
- the Tile Mop Pad will pick up over 99% of bacteria
- the Tile Pad is very effective at cleaning regular dirt and grease in addition to sticky, dried messes from floors of all kinds.
- to my eye, the Tile Pad is safe on all flooring types but if you’ve got some “special” type of flooring you’ll have to either confirm with Norwex or test it yourself.
- it’s expensive, but cheaper than the Wet Mop Pad
- the Tile Mop Pad fits onto the e-cloth® mop.
- the fibres of the Tile Mop Pad are not long enough to fully clean grout between tiles. For a mop marketed for tiles, this seems odd.
Do you have the Norwex Tile Mop Pad? Tell me what you think of it. Your comments will help others!
I have been using Norwex and e-cloth® products since 2009. I was a Norwex Consultant for several years and am an affiliate for ecloth. I try to keep my reviews honest and relatable to help you make informed decisions that will help in your cleaning tasks AND save you money. If I’ve missed something in my review or if you have questions about particular aspects/cleaning tasks that I didn’t touch on, please do leave a comment – I love to hear from you.