Dry Mopping VS Wet Mopping: Which One Is Better for You?

Is it better to use a dry mop or a wet mopping system? This is a question that many homeowners have in mind, especially when they do not know how to pick the right method for certain purposes. As I have been living and cleaning different types of houses, I am sure the answer to this question will differ for each household.

Both of these two methods are more useful in certain cases but less useful than in other situations. So, dry mopping vs wet mopping, which one will win? Keep on reading because I will share with you my understanding of both of these cleaning methods!


What Is A Mop?

One of the oldest and most basic tools in any home is a mop. It’s used to clean everything from floors, walls (you know those pesky watermark stains!), furniture legs – anything with a firm surface! 

As time has gone by, there have been innovations added like washable microfiber pads or even electric models. Everyone could enjoy them equally, which makes me happy because we all deserve good quality flooring without having sore hands after doing dishes.

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What Is Dry Mopping?

Dry mopping is a great way to keep your floors clean and dust-free for all types of flooring. It is really simple to use a dry mop. All you need is a bar attached to a mop head. It’s designed specifically as an absorption cloth and allows the trapping of small particles from your flooring. 

You can use either fabric weave material that collects dirt within its fibers. However, my favorites are those made out of microfiber due to their durability, ensuring they’ll last longer than other materials such as cotton!

What Is Wet Mopping?

Wet mopping is similar to dry mopping, but the biggest difference is that this method needs water when the other does not. The most popular type of mop for kitchens is a wet microfiber cloth that you can wring out to clean floors. 

This method requires a water or floor cleaner solution (my favorite is homemade ingredients like vinegar.) You’ll want this handy little gadget so make sure it’s within arm’s reach!

Differences Between Dry Mopping Vs Wet Mopping

This section will discuss the differences between the two mopping types regarding their usage and the procedure.

The Use 

Dry mops are a great way to clean up dust and dirt on non-carpeted floor surfaces, such as hardwood. They’re also perfect for cleaning tricky spots that you can’t reach with wet wipes like overhead light fixtures or ceiling beams in your home! 

It is also a great way to keep your floor clean, but when you have spills or stains, it’s important to clean them with the appropriate cleaner, the wet mopping method. Water and an all-purpose cleaner will do wonders in getting these types of messes up quickly!

The Procedure 

When using a dry mop, the best way to avoid leaving dirty water or detergent on your floors is by swiping motions without lifting from the floor until all excess liquid has been absorbed into it. Make sure you overlap each stroke at least 6 inches so as not to miss any areas with dirt. Knock out your mops head every few minutes during cleaning sessions if needed.

When it comes to wet mopping, you will need to mix the cleaning solution in a bucket and dip the mopping head into it. After that, you can start cleaning your flooring and wait until the floor is clean. 

Read: How to Dispose of Mop Water Properly? (Updated 2022)

Dry Mopping: Pros And Cons


  • Convenient and easy to use: You just need one clean microfiber cloth to put on your mop head — no cleaning detergent or chemical is needed. 
  • Reasonable cost: They don’t require water and soap as conventional mopping does. 
  • Prevent allergic issues by minimizing the dust in the air.
  • Reusable mop pads are available. 


  • Does not work with dry dust or liquid stains like spilled juice and oil.
  • Less effective than wet mopping when your floor is really dirty.

Wet Mopping: Pros And Cons


  • Applicable to any surface, from tiles in kitchens or bathrooms up through carpets.
  • Not only does this method leave your floor sparkling, but it also helps eliminate bacteria by applying cleaning solutions and disinfectants!


  • The cost of a mop and bucket can be expensive.
  • It’s always best to purchase supplies before starting wet mopping. Because, without the right tools, you cannot do the wet cleaning work properly.
  • Take more time. 

Which One Do You Choose? 

Both of these two methods are great to use. Depending on your need, one of these two methods will be better:

– If you have hardwood floors, it is recommended that you do not wet mop them because of the moisture in water and how difficult they can become. 

Make sure to only use a damp mopping cloth on these types of floorings when there are kids around. Or else, everyone could get hurt if something slips out from under their feet while walking across one room with freshly cleaned tiles. Granite should also be avoided for this reason alone!

– If you’re looking to eliminate some hair that your dog shed on his way in, then the dry mop will do. For bigger trash pieces, you will also need to dry mop.


So, dry mopping vs wet mopping, which one is better? As I explained in this blog, these two methods are all useful, and we will need to use them all, but up to you and your preferences, one will be more effective than the other. 

Personally, I prefer to dry mop my house most of the time and do wet mopping a few times a week to get rid of oil stains and dry dirt.

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