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Dry Mopping and Wet Mopping: What are their differences?

Dry Mopping and Wet Mopping: What are their differences?

When it comes to mopping, both dry and wet have their benefits, but in reality they both serve different purposes. Dry mopping, a bit like sweeping, picks up dust, dirt, crumbs and random items that can be found on the floor. Wet mopping is the solution for spills, stains and caked-on debris that cannot be removed with a dry mop.


Dry mops, also called dust mops, have either a fabric-based head or a disposable pad that is replaced after each use. They are designed to collect and trap dust, hair and particles as you swipe the floor. Dry mops are good when it comes to dry surfaces and not for spilled floors.  

How to use a dry mop

  • It is important to keep the head in contact with the floor as you mop and only lift it to empty collected trash or to shake the mop outdoors.
  • For dry mops, remove the pad when covered in debris and either wash it or use a new one.


Wet mops offer a great variety but in general they are consisted of a rag or sponge head that you dip into a bucket with soapy water or floor cleaner, based on the floor type. There are modern versions with a built-in reservoir for spraying the cleaner on the floor rather than dipping the mop into a bucket. This method is ideal for dried spills.

 Wet mop basics

  • Before mopping, you need to make sure that the floor has been swept.
  • Wet mopping requires frequent rinsing of the mop head or re-application of the cleaning solution to get an entire floor clean.