7 reasons why you should immediately drop the mop and bucket.

(and choose for i-mop)

When it comes to cleaning floors, many businesses still choose for the traditional mop and bucket. Why? Often spaces are obstructed, meaning that auto scrubbers can’t efficiently serve them because of their size or maneuverability. This results in an inefficient and labor-intensive cleaning process. Moreover, due to the amount of water used and the needed dry times (up to 15 minutes), slip and fall hazards are right around the corner. Not to mention the fact that you’re probably mostly moving dirty water around. Yikes.

Time for a change

Not to toot our own horn too much, but the i-mop really is the best choice when it comes to cleaning floors. If you like it easy, hygienic, and efficient, that is. You don’t have to carry it around and you can use it with the same ease as walking. With the i-mop you can clean with the power of an auto scrubber and the agility of a flat mop (really!)

Drop the mop and bucket. Now.

The mop and bucket are very possibly the worst choice when it comes to cleaning floors. Even though you may have grown accustomed to it and think that it (eventually, after a long time of mopping) leaves the floors clean: it doesn’t. Here are 7 reasons why you should immediately drop the mop and bucket (and choose for i-mop).

1 Labor-intensive 
Working with a mop and bucket costs time and effort. It’s hard work, with a real possibility of putting too much strain on the cleaner. 

Why you should choose for i-mop: you can clean with the maneuverability of a flat mop and the power of an auto-scrubber (350 RPM dual counterrotating brushes; in comparison, a standard single-disc scrubber only has 160-200 RPM).

2 No perfect fit
A mop and bucket can hardly be the perfect fit for a space. Yes, maybe you can choose the right cleaning detergent and a quality mop, but still. Is it designed specifically for the space you need to clean? Didn’t think so.

Why you should choose for i-mop: in the i-mop family there’s plenty to choose from. With the imop Lite and several editions of the i-mop PRO, there’s a suitable i-mop for every space, even obstructed and small spaces. You can even customize your i-mop with brushes, squeegees, pads, wheels, detergent pods, and more. 

3 Dependent on the stamina of the cleaner
Don’t get us wrong. We think cleaners are indispensable and that they have a very important profession. More reason to cherish them (and don’t put unnecessary strain on their bodies). Cleaning with a mop and bucket is hard work and it (practically) never leads to perfect results.

Why you should choose for i-mop: unlimited runtime if you want. Modular rechargeable battery design allows 24/7 operation. You can choose the batteries and chargers that best suit your needs. 

4 Wasting water
We should be careful with our water, as it’s one of our most important natural resources. Now with that in mind, realize that a traditional mop and bucket uses from 6,5 liters (flat mop) to 17,4 liters (spaghetti mop) of water to clean 300m2. That’s a lot. And even worse, the water gets dirty immediately when you clean with a mop. 

Why you should choose for i-mop: the i-mop retains solution within the scrubbing area, reducing water consumption by 75% to 90%. For cleaning 300m2, the i-mop only uses 1 liter (i-mop XXL) to 2,2 liters (imop Lite). See the difference with the mop and bucket?

5 You’re not helping developing countries
Okay, admitted, this one isn’t necessarily only applicable on the mop and bucket. But in general, most cleaning methods don’t result in clean water for developing countries.

Why you should choose for i-mop: for every liter of water used by i-mop, i-team makes another liter of water available elsewhere through the Made Blue foundation. In January 2021, i-team realized a total of 803.947.500 litres of water. This means access to clean drinking water for 11.013 people for at least 10 years.

6 Not really productive and not really safe either
Mops just spread around rather than removing the soil and contamination. Average dry times vary from 7 minutes (flat mop) to 15 minutes (spaghetti mop). This means slippery floors, fall and slip hazards, and the need for signage (caution: wet floor). 

Why you should choose for i-mop: The i-mop works up to 10 times faster than traditional cleaning methods and leaves the floor dry within 30 seconds, dramatically reducing the risk of slip and fall hazards. Bonus: the i-mop always generates clean water, so you’re not just mopping dirty water around (as with the mop and bucket).

7 Not the RLU for u
Never heard of RLU? No worries. Many haven’t. ATP (Adenosine Tri-Phosphate) is the name of an energy molecule that indicates biological contamination invisible to the naked eye. 
Detection of ATP is recognized as the most reliable quantitative monitoring and inspection method to measure the effectiveness of cleaning procedures. ATP is measured in RLU’s (relative light units). The lower the score, the cleaner the surface. Average mopping results in an ATP of 200 RLU. FYI: to pass the reading requirement for a clean floor you would need a score of less than 50 RLU.

Why you should choose for i-mop: on average, the i-mop has a 20 RLU ATP score for cleaning with just water (no detergents added yet). 

With higher standards and expectations, the time has come to adopt the processes and technologies that will enable you to increase productivity, clean more effectively, promote sustainable practices, protect the people in your facility, and make things better for everyone including building occupants, visitors, and (especially) your critically important cleaning staff.

Goodbye mop and bucket.