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How to clean a mop head and a feather duster

Dusting is an easy cleaning win with a good tool, but if your implement is dirty, you'll just be creating more work for yourself. Read on to discover how to clean a duster or mop head with our easy step-by-step guides.


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Key steps

  • Shake dust from your duster.
  • Use warm water and washing-up liquid to clean the duster.
  • Rinse, and squeeze out excess water.
  • Allow to air dry.
  • Wash a mop head in the washing machine or in a 50/50 bleach and water solution.
  • Hang your mop to stop it picking dirt up from the floor.

There's no sense in trying to get the house clean with dirty cleaning implements; yet mops and feather dusters often get forgotten and end up gathering a lot of dust and dirt which then gets redistributed around your home. Learn how to clean a mop head and feather duster with our guide, so that they're fresh for the next use.

Whether you’re cleaning a mop head or a feather duster, the most important step is to ensure they fully air-dry prior to storage, to prevent bacteria and mould build-up.

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How to clean a duster: your step-by-step guide

Using feather dusters for cleaning is a great idea, but they need to be clean! Learn how to wash your feather dusters – cleaning will be so much easier afterwards:

Firstly, you want to remove excess dust. Take your duster outside and shake it. This should be done after every use. For a more thorough clean, follow the steps below:

  1. Fill your sink with warm water.
  2. Add a couple of drops of washing-up liquid.
  3. Soak your duster in the solution for at least one minute.
  4. Once soaked, swish your duster back and forth in the solution.
  5. Rinse your duster under fresh, clean water.
  6. Squeeze the feathers gently, before shaking to remove excess water.
  7. Allow your duster to air-dry.
  8. One fully dry, turn the duster right-side up and fluff up the feathers with your hand.

How to clean a mop: simple steps and tips

Now you know how to clean a feather duster, here is our step-by-step guide for keeping your mop head clean:

  1. Take care to thoroughly rinse the mop head after each use. Leftover soap and dirt can damage your mop head so ensure you rinse it until the water runs clear.
  2. Some mop heads are removable. Check the manufacturer’s details to see if it is machine washable. If so, use a gentle cycle at the hottest temperature. If the mop head is not machine washable, you can wash it by hand. Soak for 15 minutes in a mix of equal parts cool water and Domestos bleach, before rinsing the mixture off the mop head. Remember to do this in a well-ventilated area and to wear protective clothing and gloves.
  3. Just as with the feather duster, you want to make sure the mop head is fully dry before putting it away to prevent bacteria growth and mould. Wring the mop head out first, then hang it in direct sunlight to dry.
  4. Ensure you store your mop in a cool, dry spot. The best way is to hang it up; that way the mop head doesn’t drag on the floor and get dirty again.
  5. While keeping your mop head or duster clean is important, sometimes it may be beyond simple cleaning. Make sure you replace the mop head every two to three months.

As you’ve seen, learning how to clean a feather duster and mop head is a doddle, and now you’re ready to use these tools to make quick work of your weekly cleaning session at home. However, mops and feather dusters aren’t the only tools you may find yourself using to clean your home. Why not check out our other articles on cleaning tools, such as how to keep your vacuum in good condition?


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