A Review of Norwex’s Superior Mop Collection
Mop vs “Mud Soup”
Is Norwex’s Superior Mop Collection worth the investment? My five-year-old accidentally helped me answer this question. This spring she was making “mud soup” in a flower pot, and not realizing that a flower pot has HOLES in it, she carried a leaking vat of mud into our house and across our entire downstairs, through three separate rooms. She sloshed mud across the carpet, then through the kitchen and hallway and all over the bathroom. I grabbed my new Norwex mop system and put it to the test.
The mop’s thick microfiber pads quickly sopped up all of the muddy water and dirt clumps left in the kitchen, hallway and bathroom. I rinsed the wet pad in the sink, wrung out the water, and then used it damp to be sure the floors were clean. It was surprisingly fast and effective. I would have been at this for much longer if I’d first had to sop up the mess with towels, then get set up with a traditional mop and bucket.
Then it was time to tackle the mud sloshed all across the living room carpet. It took me about 5 minutes and one wet Enviro Cloth to remove all of the mud stains from the carpet and to quickly wipe down the muddy bathroom sink. We didn’t need any carpet cleansers or detergents. After this experience, I was very glad to have an Enviro Cloth and an excellent mop!
Routine Mopping — Does my floor have glue on it?
When I first had a “routine” mopping session (not for mud soup), I made an odd discovery: the mop kept sticking to our floor. At first I thought I was being a klutz, and the problem resolved after the first two or three mopping sessions. Then I figured it out: We’d previously used a Swiffer Wet Jet, and its residue was all over our floors. The water was making the Swiffer liquid sticky again, causing my mop to get stuck. That meant there was a LOT of that cleanser left in place. Eww! Swiffer’s cleanser is rated “D” by the Environmental Working Group for “High Concern — Likely hazards to health or the environment.” My kids were crawling around, playing on a floor coated in that cleanser, and my parents’ puppy was spending time there, too. With little ones playing in there every day, I’m glad to not be using Swiffer anymore!
I’ve since used the mop for more routine clean-ups and to prepare for a real estate house showing. The job has been quick and easy, especially because you don’t have to get your floors very wet to get them clean – just a spritz of water on the mop pad does the job. The floor is clean and dry quickly.
Here are the differences I’ve noticed between the Norwex Superior Mop System and the mops I’ve used before:
- Norwex’s microfiber mop pads are quite a bit wider and thicker than the washable mop pads we’ve used before, so I finish mopping faster. They also can sop up a LOT of wet spills if you’re cleaning up from a 5-year-old’s “mud soup” experiment.
- I spray my wet mop pad with a little bit of water when mopping, instead of using a sink or bucket full of water. If there’s a particularly “tough” spot of dirt on the floor, I spray extra water right on it. Then I place the mop over that spot, put the tip of my foot on the mop pad, and shimmy it for a sec, and it scrubs the sticky spot clean easily. That’s all that’s needed — no detergents, no buckets, no sloppy sink. I don’t have to wring-out the Norwex mop pad during the job, so the process is much simpler and easier than “traditional” mopping.
- I’m not leaving wetness and chemicals all over the floor, as happened whenever we used our Swiffer Wet Jet. People can walk through the kitchen and not slip on a wet floor.
- The silver in the Norwex mop pads keeps them from getting smelly as they hang to dry, so I can rinse them after each use and only launder them once a week. They’re ready to clean the floors the next day, so there’s no reason I can’t quickly mop every day.
- The Norwex mop handle adjusts its height far more than our previous mops did. It can be short enough for my 5-year-old to use, yet also could be tall enough so that a tall adult could use it without stooping.
- The Norwex mop base swivels, so you can use it dry to quickly sweep and gather debris into a pile. I think the dry mop works better than my broom did.
- If you add brackets to Norwex’s mop, you can attach a Window Cloth to it. Then you can extend your mop as tall as possible, and use it and the Window Cloth to clean high windows and other hard-to-reach surfaces.
The Superior Mop Collection comes with a Dry Mop Pad and Wet Mop Pad. There are a few separate purchases you may wish to consider:
- The Rubber Brush for cleaning your mop pad — To me this is a “must buy”
- Mop Brackets, if you’d like to attach the Window Cloth to your mop and wash high windows
- The Tile Mop Pad — I think the standard pads are great, but the Tile Mop Pad adds a bit of extra scrubbing power for cleaning tile floors
At first, I balked at spending $112 to buy the Superior Mop System, but felt I should test it out for my customers. Would it really be worth it? As it turns out, I LOVE it. I chose to host a Norwex party, earned about $55 towards a Norwex shopping spree (as well as a hostess package), and then put my “spree money” towards the mop. If you’d like to get the mop half-off, as I did, hosting a party is a great way to do it. Once you have a high quality mop, you won’t regret the purchase….especially if you have a child who brings mud soup into your house.