Wet vs Dry Mopping – Which is Better?

When discussing mopping and microfiber mops, there are two main different types of cleaning. Those are, of course, wet mopping and dry mopping. Both of them have their advantages and disadvantages, and it’s important to know them before cleaning your home. In this article, we’ll go over those differences, list the pros and cons and give a final conclusion.

What Is Dry Mopping?

Dry mopping is more similar to sweeping than to actual mopping. As the name suggests, when dry mopping, you don’t add any water or chemicals to your mop pad. You just use it as it is. The way it works is as follows. Thanks to its design, the microfiber pad picks up and holds dust, dirt, hair, debris, etc. While regular broom just sweeps the gunk around, microfiber pads will actually pick it up, thus preventing it from spreading or cross-contaminating another area.

This happens thanks to the intelligent design of the microfiber pads that are doing the actual cleaning. Microfiber is built from tiny, tiny synthetic fibers that are highly absorbent. And because they are so minuscule and tightly packed, they can store a bunch of particles between themselves. This is the main advantage of microfiber mops over cotton ones. They will actually remove most viruses and bacteria off your floors, by absorbing them into the fiber itself.

Once you are done dry mopping, you will either replace or wash the microfiber pad that you’ve used. This way you have actually gotten rid of all the nasty stuff that was covering your floors.

Dry Mopping Pros and Cons


The main benefits of dry mopping are that it’s actually very easy and convenient. All you need to do is to slap on a clean microfiber pad to your mop, and you’re good to go. No messing around with water, sprayers, chemicals or anything else. You can just start mopping all the dirt, dust, pet hair, nail clippings, various debris, and much more. And as mentioned, it will actually pick the bacteria and viruses up, so that you can rest assured that your floors are left clean.

Most mops come with special dry mopping pads, ensuring you maximum efficiency when dry mopping. You should opt for re-usable pads because they are cost-effective in the long run. These pads are usable up to 100 times, as long as you properly wash, maintain and store them. If you are very serious about your cleaning or are a professional, you might choose disposable pads which will ensure that there’s no cross-contamination.


Dry dust mops aren’t meant to be used with liquid stains, so you can forget about mopping up that spilled juice or oil stains.

While they do a great job at cleaning, dry mops will still be overshadowed by the effectiveness of wet ones. However, this makes sense because wet mopping needs more preparation.

What Is Wet Mopping?

Wet mopping includes actually dampening the microfiber cloth in water prior to using it. This packs a special punch when it comes to cleaning efficiency. Wet mopping will clear just about any stain that you might throw at it. Wet microfiber pads can be compared with the more traditional cotton mops and buckets. By using the amazingly efficient microfiber fibers combined with water, this type of mopping ensures spotlessly clean floors.

Wet Mopping Pros And Cons


As mentioned, wet mopping will deal with any stain, spill or dirt spot you might need to clean. It doesn’t matter whether it’s spilled oil, some dirt, mud or a bunch of pet hair. Wet mopping will pick it all up so that you can be rid of it in no time. Wet mopping is the optimal way of cleaning your floors, even more efficient than using traditional cotton mops, which just spread bacteria around.

While not as easy to use as dry mops, wet mopping is very simple as well. Attaching and wringing a pad is very simple with most mops, and some even have sprayers, making the whole thing much easier. Once you’ve prepared everything, you’re ready to start cleaning – and it doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

If needed, you can also add your favorite chemical solution to the mix. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions, however, as these types of fibers are very sensitive to chemicals. You definitely don’t want to damage them.


Aside from the higher upfront cost, there really are no cons with wet mopping. It really is the ultimate way of cleaning your floors. And even the upfront cost isn’t that big of a deal when you consider the long-term cost efficiency.

Dry vs Wet Mopping – Conclusion

Both of these types of mopping have their own pros and cons. However, we can draw a pretty clear conclusion at the end. If you are looking to just sweep up some dust and dirt that accumulates on your floors daily, just take the good old dry mop and let it do its thing. For more heavy duty cleaning, pop on the wet mopping pad, rinse it in water and you’re good to go. So depending on your cleaning routine, you might want to mix the two (because you usually get both dry and wet mop pads when you buy a microfiber mop). Do your regular cleaning with a dry mop, and every once in a while, take the wet pad and annihilate all the viruses and bacteria.

Looking to get rid of some hair that your dog shed on his way in? The dry mop will do. Want to get rid of an oil spill in the garage? Get the wet one. That’s actually one of the main advantages of microfiber mops – their flexibility and ease of use. You are always prepared to deal with any type of mess that might appear in the blink of an eye. Now that you know everything about dry and wet mopping, why not check our buyer’s guide or recommended mops? Knowing the theory, it’s best to see it at work!

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