Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Mop Bucket

Cleaning floors is a breeze with the right mop and bucket setup.

Cat sitting in mop bucket.
Mop buckets do more than just hold water and can help extend the life of your mop and floors.Marina Khrapova

A modern mop bucket isn’t going to make you jump for joy, but it can help you get your cleaning chores done quicker, more efficiently, and with a lot less backache, and that alone is worth the upgrade to a high-tech, well-designed wringer bucket. But not every mop works for every floor, and there are specific bucket designs tailored for different types of mops. Here are three things to consider when stepping up to a modern mop system.

O-Cedar Easywring Microfiber Spin Mop & Bucket Floor Cleaning System with 3 Extra Refills
This setup includes a pedal-driven wringer.O-Cedar

Before you buy a mop bucket, take a look at the type of mop you plan to use. There are a lot of high-tech mop buckets made for traditional string mops, but more and more people use flat mops that can get into tighter spaces. Some flat mops use reusable fabric strips to pick up grit and grime, so make sure you choose a system that works for the mop you own and the floors you will clean.

O-Cedar Easywring Microfiber Spin Mop & Bucket Floor Cleaning System with 2 Extra Refills
This product has a splash guard to prevent spills.O-Cedar

For the most cleaning power, choose a mop and bucket system that comes with a bucket outfitted with a foot or hand pedal that spins an agitator inside the bucket. The cleaning head on a spinning string mop is often a bit small, but a wringer is a quick and tidy way of rinsing dirt and water from a mop and keeping it in the bucket where it belongs.

TETHYS Flat Floor Mop and Bucket Set for Professional Home Floor Cleaning System with Aluminum Handle/2-Washable Microfiber Pads Perfect Home + Kitchen Cleaner for Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles, Vinyl
The head on this product rotates 280 degrees.Tethys

A flat floor mop is a great choice for working around tight corners and under furniture. This type of mop typically includes a swiveling head that allows the handle to fold out of the way for deep cleaning under sofas and chairs, and some come with telescoping handles for a custom fit for multiple users.