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

This is you:

I did it! I read Kate’s reviews of the e-cloth and Norwex mops 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!

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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 Will Leave 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 Prevent your your e-cloth or Norwex Mop from Leaving Streaks

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?