The Difference Between Dry and Wet Mops

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Hygiene is paramount in any healthcare operation and floor care is an integral part of attaining that cleanliness. Though simple in theory and practice, proper floor maintenance requires considerable understanding of the cleaning process. Knowing the difference between dry and wet mops and how to use them effectively is an essential part of that process. 

Dry and Wet Mop Differences: Everything You Need to Know

Dry mops and wet mops achieve different yet complementary goals. Here are the main differences between dry and wet mops:


Dry and wet mops are distinct from one another, and that difference is clear in their design. Wet mops are typically made up of yarn or cotton that hangs loosely. Dry mops are made up of microfiber materials and generally have a flat, long design. Wet mops tend to be similar in size to other wet mops, but dry mops can vary in length depending on their function or size of the facility they’re used in. 


Wet mops absorb dirt and dust, disinfect the floors, and clean liquid or sticky messes. They’re useful for wet floors or areas of your facility where spills occur such as bathrooms or kitchens. Dry mops remove loose debris and by gliding along the floor’s surface, catching and holding contaminants as they go. They are a superior substitute for brooms as they don’t disturb settled dust or allow it to reenter the air. 

Dry mops generally prep flooring before a wet mop is used, but should also be used as a primary measure in environments adversely affected by liquids or airborne dust. For example, areas with sensitive electrical components, operating rooms, and patient rooms. Properly used, they control airborne contaminants while limiting bacterial growth.  


Since both types of mops have different designs and functions they require individually specialized maintenance. Wet mops should be rinsed thoroughly when no longer needed, left in a dry environment and never left in a cleaning solution. Doing so will adversely affect their absorbent qualities.

Similarly, dry mops should be left in a dry environment when no longer in use. However, it’s important to shake out, vacuum, or brush each mop head to remove particles and even launder soiled mop heads.

Medico Has Professional-Grade Dry and Wet Mops, along with the Healthcare Accredited Service to Maintain Them

Now that you know the primary differences between dry and wet mops, get the right ones from Medico! Our products are:

  • Well-Made. Regardless of the kind of mops you need, Medico takes pride in providing only the best products. Our quality mops have long, useful lifespans due to high-quality materials and superior craftsmanship that you can trust!
  • Reliable. Medico’s mops will withstand the worst that your facility has to offer. They’ll get the job done quickly, efficiently, and affordably where other mops falter!
  • Maintained By Us. Medico ensures that every mop retains its high-quality design and reliability with maintenance service. With us, you don’t have to worry about the nitty-gritty of mop maintenance because we’ll take care of it all.

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