Researching the potential cost savings of using a microfiber mop, you may be asking: how many washing cycles do microfiber mop pads last? And what are the cost savings over alternatives?
The obvious disclaimer is that the longevity of your microfiber mop pads will depend on the types of chemicals used during cleaning and during washing. For instance, excess waxes and polishes can get lodged into the microfiber to the point that it will not clean as well. Also, solvents, chlorine, and bleach damage microfiber and reduces its effectiveness and lifespan. To learn how to get the most out of your microfiber mop pads, have a look at our other posts: Caring for your Microfiber: Things to Avoid & Washing Instructions for Microfiber Mop Pads.
Assuming normal use of a few times per week and machine washing once or twice a week, your microfiber mop pads will last about a year and much longer for infrequent users.
Under heavy use and frequent washing cycles, the fibers can wear down to a point of ineffectiveness after 1/2 a year, at which point new pads should be purchased.
Number of Wash Cycles:
Your microfiber pads will last roughly 40-60 wash cycles assuming reasonable care is taken during use and washing.
Cost Analysis and Eco-footprint:
As always, the value associated with microfiber mop pads depends on how the eco-footprint and dollar cost compares to alternative cleaning methods.
- Compared to disposable sheet sweepers, using a microfiber mop has great ROI both in real dollars and reduced waste. Given that throw-away sheets cost about $10+ for a supply that lasts most people only 3-4 months, it's very normal for people to spend $30-$50 per year on the their disposable sheets alone. This also means that 100+ sheets will be thrown into the garbage each year.
- Compared to sponge floor mops we find that microfiber mop pads last much longer than mop sponges because they do not dry out like the sponges do and are easier to clean and change out than sponge mops. (A lot of consumers will throw out their entire sponge mop even when the mop holder itself may still be functional.) From a dollars point of view, a plastic sponge mop costs about the same as new microfiber mop pads. The real savings come into play when you consider the added life of the microfiber pads as compared to a sponge and the fact that you would not consider throwing out the handle of a microfiber mop simply because you need a new pad. (This is cost analyses and does not even contemplate the added cleaning capabilities of the microfiber system.)
- Compared to classic long strand, wring-out mop we again tend to find that microfiber mop pads last longer, or at the least clean better for much longer than the classic mop - and again, its mainly because its much easier to clean the microfiber pads than most classic mop heads. You will spend about the same for a classic mop vs. a microfiber mop in terms of replacing the cleaning pads / fiber mop head, but the classic mop has much more fiber so when thrown again it contributes more waste. Both offering a reduced eco-footprint compared to a disposable sheet sweeper / mop.
To put it simply, microfiber mop pads tend to last a long time compared to alternatives. Average users will get a year or more out of a single mop pad, making them an investment that has long term cost savings and a reduced eco-footprint.
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