The Difference Between Household and Industrial Mops

  • September 08, 2020
  • Mops
  • Golden West
industrial household mop difference

Buying mops for your business seems pretty straightforward, right? How hard can that be and how different can your industrial mops be from the regular mops you use at home? You might be surprised to learn that there is a big difference.

Household mops and industrial or commercial mops do not differ much in appearance, but the similarities stop there. Everything from their construction and material to their maintenance needs are different.

Here is the difference between household and industrial mops:


One of the biggest differences between household mops and industrial mops lies in their intended use. Household mops can clean smaller spaces with very light foot traffic well enough, but don’t stand up to commercial challenges. In households, shoes mostly don’t go farther than the entryways. The cleaning capacity of the floor mops match the light, regular cleaning that households need.

Industrial mops, on the other hand, can tackle bigger and heavier cleaning jobs. Commercial floors are an entirely different ballgame; the foot traffic is heavier, the stains on the floor are more challenging to remove, and they need to be cleaned more frequently. In most cases, they also require stronger disinfectants. Small, dainty household wet and dry mops simply cannot measure up and meet the cleaning needs of industrial floors.  

Quality Industrial Mops

While domestic mops have their uses, they just can’t handle the strain that their industrial counterparts are capable of handling. Because industrial mops must be up for any task, they’re designed and built with that purpose in mind.

Some advantages to industrial mop heads are increased head size and increased durability of materials. Additionally, their handles are wider and more durable. When your mop needs to be used multiple times a day with large coverage, this only seems logical. This also means that industrial floor mats have better results, provided that they come from a reliable mop provider.


Domestic use floor mops are designed to be easier to clean. Homeowners do not necessarily have the luxury of time or energy to wrangle with complex floor mops or intensive, deep cleaning. Besides, household floors are not as dirty as, say, restaurant floors, so the mophead washing is going to be relatively easier and quicker. With the type of disinfectants and floor cleaners they are used with, not to mention the type and amount of dirt, soil, stains, and moisture they are exposed to on a daily basis, business mops need to be durable to withstand the repeated washing. The maintenance needs of industrial mops are also different than household ones due to the fact that they are dirtier and are exposed to dirtier surfaces.

Industrial Mops for Your Business

Do not make the mistake of getting domestic floor mops for your business; they won’t do such a great job. That does not mean, however, that you have to jump the gun on buying industrial floor mops in bulk.

Try a floor mop rental service! They require no upfront investments, they’ll take care of maintenance – which saves you time, effort, and money plus ensures professionally cleaned mop heads, and the quality is always great.

Contact Golden West Betterway Today!

Here at Golden West, we take pride in providing fantastic mops and mop maintenance services for businesses in Oakland and surrounding areas. Contact us for more information at (800) 953-9292.

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