Let’s start with a mop demo from Sonya Eckel (a senior Norwex leader in the US, who also has a background as a physical therapist, so good advice on protecting your back as you mop!) (And right down the bottom of this post there’s a trouble shooting video for mopping grippy floor surfaces.)
Telescopic Mop Handle and Base
The adjustable, ergonomic aluminium handle (adjusts from 98cm to 160cm) allows you to clean with an upright posture by having the mop handle adjusted to chin height. Rubber edges at both ends protect skirting boards and walls from marks and scratches. The base also features an easy-locking mechanism at (green lock) to hold the base firm when washing walls.
HOW TO USE: Once the mop base it attached to the handle, attach fibre to the bottom of the base. Place your foot on the base and undo by holding the coloured part of the metal pole and turning it in an anti-clockwise direction. Bring it up to chin height and lightly tighten the handle by turning it in a clockwise direction.
IMPORTANT: If the handle loosens while mopping, tighten a little bit more. Over-tightening can cause the handle to jam. If it does get over-tightened, with shoes on, place your feet on either side of the handle base, with your soles as close to the bracket as possible to support it while twisting. Then give the handle a strong twist in an anti-clockwise direction. Also, refrain from extending the handle out fully. If longer handle is required, extend handle out fully, then back in at least 5cms before tightening.
When cleaning walls and windows, use mop in ONE DIRECTION – push-pull action can flip the mop base, resulting in potentially scratching a surface.
Dry Superior Mop Pad
Made of 100% microfibre, this fibre is excellent for cleaning for large flooring areas, particularly where there are children and pets. It picks up even the smallest particles of dust and dirt, and being microfibre, up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria on your floor with a dry sweep! Employing static electricity, the mop attracts dust, dirt and hair which stay in the mop instead of circulating through the air. Vacuum or use dry mop before using wet mop.
WHERE TO USE: On floors, ceilings, walls and high windows. Extensive use of dry mop will preserve your hardwood and tile floors.
HOW TO USE: Begin mopping around edges of the room and walk your way backwards, moving the mop in a ‘figure 8’. This allows one side of the mop to fill with dirt first. When it is no longer picking up dirt, turn to other side and continue. Pick or sweep up larger debris from the floor.
MAINTENANCE: To clean the pad, take the mop outside or to a bin, and use rubber brush to remove particles from mop. The pad does not require laundering after every use – use the rubber brush to remove dirt and hair from the pad. DO NOT BOIL.
Wet Mop Pad (including Recycled Wet Mop Pad)
The blue colour is the identifier as the Wet Mop Pad. It removes dirt, scuffmarks, grime, sticky messes, grease, micro-organisms and build-up of old floor cleaners. Made from 100% microfibre it removes up to 99.9% of bacteria from the surface with just water!
WHERE TO USE: On all smooth washable surfaces – hardwood, laminate, marble, tile, vinyl, slate, windows, ceilings, walls etc – for mopping floors, cleaning surface mould or marks off ceilings and walls, cleaning wall tiles in the bathroom, or with the Mop Brackets and Window Cloth attached to clean high windows.
HOW TO USE: Use after using a Dry Mop. Simply moisten the Wet Mop Pad under running water, wring out well and attach to aluminium base. Ensure you wring out fibre well as excess water on the pad may result in streaks on the floor. For high-gloss or polished floors however, you may find it best to leave the fibre dry and attach to the aluminium base, then spray water onto the surface to be cleaned, and clean off & dry with the Wet Mop Pad. This will prevent streaking.
As the fibre dries out simply spray more water with the Norwex Spray Bottle or spill a small amount of water on the floor from a water bottle and keep going. Start by mopping around the edges of the room from the furthest point and mop toward the door, keeping the leading (long) edge of the mop forward at all times. Rinse the Wet Mop Pad in the sink, if necessary, however you will be surprised to see that one mop head will clean your entire floor.
MAINTENANCE: Rinse well after use, wring out, and leave to dry. The Wet Mop Pad does not require laundering after every use – only when front inch of pad edge becomes dirty. Brush Wet Mop Pad with Rubber Brush after use and before laundering. DO NOT BOIL.
Tile Mop Pad
The Tile Mop Pad gives you extra cleaning power on hard surfaces, but it isn’t just for tiled floors! Special nylon fibres are woven into our blue microfibre pad to minimise effort while removing dirt and debris from hard floors. The zig zag pattern maximises cleaning power on hard surfaces – it’s perfect for those cleaning jobs where you need a little extra scrubbing power.
WHERE TO USE: Tiled floors, textured linoleum flooring, boats, and difficult to clean hard surfaces.
HOW TO USE: Simply moisten the Tile Mop Pad under running water, wring out well and attach to aluminium base. Ensure you wring out fibre well as excess water on the pads may result in streaks on the floor. If the fibre dries out simply spray more water with the Norwex Spray Bottle or spill a small amount of water on the floor from a water bottle and keep going.
Start by mopping around the edges of the room from the furthest point and mop toward the door, keeping the leading (long) edge of the mop forward at all times. Rinse the Tile Mop Pad in the sink, if necessary, however you will be surprised to see that one mop head will clean your entire floor. When finished, brush pad with Rubber Brush before laundering in washing machine.
DO NOT BOIL MOP PADS
Chenille Dry Mop Pad
The Chenille Dry Mop Pad is made from extra-long nubby chenille microfibre and is statically charged and great for cleaning dry floors, walls and baseboards.
Where to use: On all smooth washable surfaces: hardwood, laminate, marble, tile, vinyl, ceilings, walls, baseboards etc.
How to use: Begin mopping around edges of the room and walk your way backwards, moving the mop in a figure 8. This allows one side of the mop to fill with dirt first. When it is no longer picking up dirt, turn to other side and continue. Pick up any particles not trapped in the fibre with a dust pan and brush or with a Norwex EnviroCloth.
Maintenance: This fibre can be cleaned quickly using the Rubber Brush. Brush the collected dust and hair out of the mop fibre directly into the rubbish bin. Launder as required.
Trouble shooting: Grippy floor surfaces from Linda Pearce (senior leader in Australia and one of the upline leaders in my team 🙂 ):