Over the years, just about every place we’ve lived has had hardwood floors. They’ve ranged from prewar bleached and polyeurathaned oak to white “pickled” new oak and lately, off-white, high-gloss painted slightly rough plywood. For all those years, we’ve searched for the best way to clean our floors without damaging the protective surface. Since New York City is a fairly dirty place, a simple dry-mopping won’t do; the dust that settles on the floor needs to be washed away or it will get ground into the surface (and our bare feet). The classic string mop is hard to wring out and doesn’t seem able to handle shoe marks very well.
Last week we came across an awesome combination: a Starfiber Star Mop whose heavy-duty chenille mop pad is made of hundreds of tightly twisted soft microfiber strands. It adheres to the flat base on the mop handle via velcro. When you want to rinse the pad you just rip it off, swish it around in soapy water and wring to achieve just the right level of barely-damp that wood floors need. We found it able to clean off marks, and get into the tiny grooves of our slightly rough floor with much less effort than we used with a string mop.
We use it in tandem with Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap (we love the lavender, but it comes in several fragrances) which cleans well without stripping or degrading the surface. We buy it buy the gallon and use it for other purposes as well: it makes a fragrant hand and shower soap (we fill a pump dispenser). A little goes a long way.
Starfiber Star Mop Pro Microfiber Cleaning Kit comes with the chenille cleaning pad so you’re good to go for about $22.
The Starfiber Star Chenille Cleaning Pad can be used damp for mopping, or dry for dusting. It can be thrown in the laundry for washing. And if it wears out, a new one costs about $10.
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