The Norwex Mop – Is it worth the price?
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this yet, but I really don’t like cleaning. Hate it actually.
Probably one of my least favorite jobs in the house is cleaning the floors. One reason is because it’s such a BIG job – such a large expanse of space with so many obstacles… it’s daunting. It also feels futile. I sweep, and there are still crumbs and hair where I just swept. While I’m sweeping, a little breeze blows and the pile of hairy dust bunnies scatters. After sweeping, I wash the floor, and I’m dragging clumps of wet hair around, that my broom missed. It never really feels like I’m getting it clean.
I would rather wash toilets.
As much as I dislike cleaning floors, I LOVE the way clean floors feel. Nothing screams “Deja, your house is filthy!”, like grit, crumbs and hair sticking to my feet. And do we have hair! We don’t have a dog, but we do have a cat, and even worse, 3 girls with long, thick hair. There are hairy dust bunnies everywhere in this house.
Generally, I like to get every room in the house done in one fell swoop – both the sweeping and washing. None of this, “one room today, and another room tomorrow”, otherwise I’d never have that “Ahhh, clean floors.” feeling. This is a problem though, because it’s a BIG job, and I have a tendency to get distracted… usually by one of 4 kids needing something from mommy.
I also like to have a quick way to clean my open concept kitchen/living room/crumb covered dining room floors, when a friend phones and says “I’m coming for coffee in 5 minutes!”
I need a floor cleaning system that will help me get my floors clean FAST. I like efficient cleaning.
In a Nutshell
The Norwex Mop is a definitely a 5 star product, but there’s a catch… it has a 3 star price tag. It REALLY works, but it’s expensive. Let’s face it, paying between $90 and $130 for a MOP seems mildly ludicrous, when there are so many other lovely, enjoyable, yummy things that I could spend that money on.
Despite the cost, I DID buy one, and I don’t regret it one bit. I seriously LOVE this mop… I almost like cleaning floors now because they actually get clean, and I can get it done FAST.
I bought (and recommend) the Superior Mop collection, which comes with a plush microfiber dry mop pad (for sweeping), and an Antibac wet pad (for washing). The dry pad picks up everything off my floors including stuff that I didn’t even know was there, and it’s great at gathering up all my dust bunnies, hair, crumbs & other miniscule bits of “floor yuck”. It’s even better then my Dyson vacuum cleaner at getting the dust off my hardwood.
The wet washing pad cleans everything from my hardwood and tile floors; all smudges, foot prints, drops, smears, grease spatter, dried milk & juice drips… you get the point. It also picks up hair, BUT after using the dry microfiber mop, there is really no hair left on the floor, besides a few scragglers – YAY! No more wet hair clumps to drag around while mopping! In terms of its ease of use, the Norwex Superior wet mop pad is easy to use if you follow the directions. You’re supposed to move the mop over your floor in a Figure-8 pattern. If you do this, it moves easily. If you just scrub the mop back and forth, the “grab” in the microfiber can make the mop hard to move because it feels like it’s sticking to your floor, and the base can “flip”, as happens with other similarly-constructed mop bases.
- the wet mop cleans with JUST water – NO cleaning solutions needed, which means that my kids aren’t crawling, rolling, or being dragged around (yes, they drag each other all over the floor) on chemical covered floors. It’s also great for the health of my floors… my floors aren’t getting a coating of waxes or other harmful chemicals.
- you don’t have to worry about water damage on your hardwood, bamboo, or cork flooring because the wet mop pad only has to be damp – not sopping wet – to wash the floor.
- the dry mop pad is FANTASTIC at picking up all kinds of hair, dirt, and dust bunnies. The dry mop is microfiber which has a natural static electricity so it really holds onto the dirt… you can dry mop a very large area before you have to shake it out or clean it off with the rubber mop brush.
- unlike a traditional broom, you never have to lift the Norwex mop off the floor while sweeping, which means the wind can’t catch and blow the hair and dust bunnies that you’ve collected, across the room where you’ll have to go retrieve them.
- the dry dust pad is better than our vacuum at getting the fine dust off our floor.
- both the dry and the wet mop pads extend beyond the base, folding up when washing along walls, and preventing the base from gouging holes in your walls or scratching your baseboards.
- both the dry and wet mop pads are easy to clean, and can be used at least 2 or 3 times before having to throw them in the washing machine… which leads me to my next point;
- both the superior dry mop pad and the wet mop pad can be washed in the washing machine, and dried in the dryer. This is a huge improvement over my old mop which would sit wet for a looong time after using it. I can’t even imagine what grossness was growing in there!
- it’s lightweight, the handle is adjustable, and it’s very easy to use. I love that the mop pads attach to the mop base with Velcro… so easy.
- it doubles as a wall washer, because of the telescopic handle. I can reach to the top of my vaulted ceiling walls with it. It’s also great for washing extra large shower/bath stalls.
- has a handy-dandy little flip-down locking mechanism that you lock and unlock with a mere push. If you don’t lock it, the base swivels in every direction – handy for getting under your furniture. If you flip the locker down, the base doesn’t swivel anymore, making it great for cleaning walls and shower stalls.
- Norwex offers an additional wet mop pad made specifically for tile & linoleum floors which has scrubby nylon fibers woven throughout the pad to add a little more “elbow grease” for when you come across dried on maple syrup or cemented Rice Krispies. It’s seriously fantastic. If you have super high gloss hardwood, I wouldn’t use it, but I’ve used it on all my floors, including my low-luster wood floors and laminate, and haven’t had any problems with scratching.
- if you buy the little brackets (they look like the Swiffer cloth grabber) that allow you to attach a window cloth to the end of your mop, you can clean those high, huge windows that haven’t been washed since you moved in to your house.
- yup… it’s expensive. This is the biggest complaint I hear about the Norwex mop. In the mop’s defense, it will last you for years, and it comes with an EXCELLENT warranty. Think of the years that you won’t have to buy a floor cleaning solution, or replacement sponges for your mop, or vacuum bags for your vacuum, or Swiffer pads and solution (swiffers are NOT cheap to use!). This mop will pay for itself sooner than you think.
- it’s not great for hardwood stairs. Definitely, the smaller mop works better than the big mop on stairs, but I still find it awkward and fumbly. For my stairs, I’ve discovered that the Norwex Dusting Mitt works SO well for “sweeping” – it’s kind of like wearing a mitt shaped dry dusting mop pad on your hand – and a damp Enviro Cloth is easier for washing the stairs than the wet mop pad.
- although the dry mop pad is easy to clean, it’s not AS easy as dumping dirt from a dust-pan into the garbage. When I first got my Norwex mop, I would clean it outside by hitting it against our deck railing to knock the hair and dust from it – it worked. Just make sure you’re standing up-wind from it or you’ll be covered in mop dirt! However, if you buy the mop, you should absolutely spend the extra few dollars and purchase the rubber mop cleaning brush. It works at brushing off all the dirt, hair, and dust bunnies from the dry (and wet) pads, right into the garbage, without the mess of beating or shaking it outside.
- the dry mop head is not so good at picking up larger items, like cheerios or pebbles. If I sweep in a figure 8 pattern the way I’m supposed to, then generally, the bigger things stay in front of the mop, but they don’t stick to the mop when I lift it up to clean it off.
- for super-shiny, high-gloss hardwood: The Norwex wet mop can leave streaks behind. BUT – if you wet the dry microfiber mop pad and use it to wet-mop your high-gloss hardwood, you’ll find it dries streak-free.
How To Use the Norwex Mop:
Dry Mop - Attach the dry mop pad to the mop base, and using a figure 8 pattern, sweep your floor. When you’re done, clean the dirt off the pad by either shaking it outside (or hitting it against your deck railing), or preferably, use the rubber brush to brush the dirt into the garbage can. For the little bits that didn’t stick to the mop when you lifted it up, you can use your old fashioned broom and dustpan, or wipe them up with a wet Enviro Cloth.
Wet Mop – Under warm running water, get the wet mop pad wet. Ring it out, and attach it to the mop base. Wash your floors in a figure 8 pattern. This should do a fairly large area of your floors. When the pad starts to dry out a bit, you can either take it off, to rinse and re-wet, or you can use a spray bottle filled with warm water to mist the floor. When you’re finished, remove the pad from the mop base, and rub it against itself under warm (hot) running water to clean it. If it’s not too dirty, hang it to dry and use it again later. If the floor was really dirty, wash it in your washing machine.
Washing Instructions: CLICK HERE
Is the Norwex mop worth the price? In the end, I believe it is, and give it 5 Stars. It’s an extremely high-end mop, and it will last for years and years. The cost is comparable to the first year’s cost to keep stocked in Swiffer floor-dusting and Wet Jet equipment. After the first year, the Norwex mop system doesn’t cost you a dime, and you’re not throwing Swiffer pads and empty Wet Jet solution containers in the trash to clutter up our landfill space.
Do you like the Norwex mop, and if you have one, do you think it was worth the price?
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