My Review of the Norwex Mop System
Confession: I really, DO NOT like cleaning.
I know that I sell cleaning supplies, so you’d assume that I LOVE it. But I hate it, actually.
Probably one of my least favorite jobs in the house is cleaning the floors. One reason I dislike cleaning the floors is that it’s such a BIG job. It is such a large expanse of space with so many obstacles, and it just feels daunting.
Floor cleaning changed for me when I discovered the Norwex Mop System.
I still don’t love cleaning the floors, but now I don’t dread it as much. And I don’t put it off for weeks. I’ll show you why the Norwex Mop System helped me clean the floors more often and what features I like best. You’ll discover all of the cool accessories available that can go with it. Even better, I’ll show you why the Norwex Mop is completely, totally and utterly worth its high price!
Why I Needed a New Mop
As much as I despise cleaning floors, I LOVE the way clean floors feel. Nothing screams, “Your house is filthy!” like grit, crumbs, and hair sticking to my feet. 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. However, since it’s such a big job, this is a problem.
I also like to have a quick way to clean my open-concept floors when a friend phones and says, “I’m coming for coffee in 5 minutes!” I needed a floor cleaning system that would help me get my floors clean FAST.
Is the Norwex Mop worth the price?
After getting my hands on the Norwex Mop for the first time, I knew RIGHT AWAY that it was definitely a 5 star product. But there was a catch… it has a 3 star price tag. It REALLY works, but it’s expensive! Let’s face it: paying well over $100 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 they get done FAST!
How It Works
The Superior Mop collection is available in three sizes. Small, Large, and Extra Large.
Each mop system comes with a plush microfiber dry mop pad (for sweeping) and a microfiber wet pad (for washing).
The dry pad uses a static charge to pick up everything off my floors, including dust bunnies, hair, crumbs & other tiny bits of “floor yuck”. This dry pad is even better than my Dyson vacuum cleaner at getting the dust off my hardwood floors.
The wet washing pad needs to only be wet with water. That’s right – no bottle of cleaner is needed. If you want to know more about how that’s even possible, read more here. This pad cleans everything from my hardwood floors: smudges, footprints, drops, smears, grease spatter, dried milk & juice drips… you get the point. 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.
These pads can clean all non-carpeted floor types! These pads are ESPECIALLY life-saving for hardwood floors that show everything and need constant wiping!
Which size should I buy?
I personally prefer and recommend the Large or Extra Large Mop Systems for anyone who has primarily hardwood and/or tile throughout their home. You can cover so much more floor space in less time. If you have a small home, mini home, or apartment, or if most of your home is carpet (and you only need to mop the kitchen and bathrooms), you’d likely prefer the small mop system since you only need to mop small areas. But if you have a standard or large home, go with the Large for sure.
Pros and Cons of the Norwex Mop System
What I Love:
- The wet mop cleans with JUST water. NO cleaning solutions are needed, which means that my kids aren’t crawling 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. 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 clean it off.
- Unlike a traditional broom, you never have to lift the Norwex mop off the floor while sweeping. This 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 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. This prevents the base from gouging holes in your walls or scratching your baseboards.
- Both the dry and wet pads 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 long time after using it. I can’t even imagine what was growing in there!
- You’ll save money if you’re currently using a mop system that has disposable pads!
- 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.
- It 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 lock down, the base doesn’t swivel anymore, making it great for cleaning walls and shower stalls.
- It has an amazing warranty! I love that all parts of this mop system come with a two-year warranty! You are investing in a quality product that will last you. Based on customer experiences, this mop lasts much longer than just two years though. The average user has their original mop system a minimum of five years. After that time, they may need to replace the pads, as they become worn down, but their mop is still going strong. All parts can be purchased separately, so any other broken parts can be replaced if needed!
Just a Couple of Cons:
- It’s expensive. This is the biggest complaint I hear about the Norwex mop. In the mop’s defence, it will last you for years and years, and it comes with an EXCELLENT warranty. Think of the years that you won’t have to buy a floor cleaning solution, replacement sponges for your mop, or Swiffer pads and cleaning solution (Swiffers are NOT cheap to use!). This mop will pay for itself sooner than you think.
- It’s not great for hardwood stairs. It’s a little 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.
- Some customers say that it’s not ideal for super-shiny, high-gloss hardwood: the Norwex wet mop can leave streaks behind. But there’s a special trick for this problem; if you get your dry microfiber mop pad wet (yes, you read that correctly, get your dry mop head wet) 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. Clean the dirt off the pad by either shaking it outside or brushing it with 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 – Get the mop pad wet by running it under warm running water. 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, take it off, 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.
Extra (and amazing) Norwex Mop Accessories
Chenille Dry Mop Pad
The original dry mop head is not great at picking up larger items, like cheerios or pebbles. If I sweep in a figure 8 pattern the way I’m supposed to, 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. This is where the Chenille Mop pad comes in handy. This dry pad is better at grabbing the big crumbs, and a great accessory for your mop! It’s not included in the Mop Starter Kits, but it’s worth purchasing, especially if you have little ones and big messes.
The Chenille Mop Pad comes in Large and Small. It does NOT come in XL size.
While the wet pad is wonderful for smooth floors like hardwood, it’s not as great on uneven or floors with texture, like tile, or pitted linoleum. Enter the Tile Mop Pad! It 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. And while it has the additional scrubbiness, it won’t scratch and damage your smooth or shiny floors. I often use it on my tile then move right to my hardwood without switching to the original wet mop pad. The tile mop pad is seriously fantastic.
The Tile Mop Pad comes in Large and Small. It does NOT come in XL size.
I mentioned the Rubber Brush earlier. This is another “totally worth it” purchase for cleaning off your dry pad, as it simply makes it easier!
This mop accessory is an absolute game changer. I’ve already reviewed it in another post if you want all the details for why I love it with all my heart, but here’s the basics – it’s a water reservoir for when it’s needed. No need to constantly rewet the Mop Pad – simply use the mop attachment to spray and continue mopping!
So, is the Norwex mop worth the price?
Yes, 100% it is, and give it 5 Stars! ★★★★★
It’s an extremely high-end mop, and it will last for years and years; I just talked with a friend who has owned her Norwex mop for 15 YEARS and it’s still going strong!
The up-front cost is comparable to just 1 YEARS COST to purchase refill pads and/or cleaning solutions for other mopping systems! Let that sink in. In comparison, after the first year, the Norwex mop system doesn’t cost you a dime.
You’re not constantly throwing pads or empty solution containers in the trash to clutter up our landfill space. Plus, it’s got that awesome two-year warranty, if anything goes wrong!
I can confidently say that you won’t regret purchasing the Norwex Mop System, so if you’re reading this because you need a new mop, what are you waiting for?! Click the links below to purchase the mop and any of the mop accessories I talked about above!
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