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The O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop is easily one of the most popular mops on the market, but how well does it actually work? More importantly, how well does it rate when compared to other methods and options available?
Keep reading our in-depth, hands-on review of the OCedar Spin Mop & Bucket System to find out. You can also skip ahead using the main bits listed below.
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SPIN MOP vs. OTHER vs. TRADITIONAL
Many factors contribute to spin mops, like the O-Cedar Mop, being the most popular choice for most households, particularly when compared to traditional mops, such as needing to make fewer passes with the mop.
Here are a few other comparisons to consider…
Examples: sponge or string/deck mops.
Traditional-type mops often entail having to continually change a bucket of water and wring out the mop just to prevent dirty water from getting back onto the floor you’re trying to clean.
Because traditional mops usually result in a lot of water getting onto the floor, it often makes it a no-go for most hardwood floor users too.
More water can also mean longer drying times.
Examples: spray, jet, or disposable.
Other mop styles can seem faster and can even be great for maintenance cleaning. However, they’re not always doing nearly as good of a job as one might think. This is because some mops just wet the surface but don’t do as well at picking up grime, dirt, and debris.
Options like some jet mops leave layers upon layers of product and residue behind—none of which is getting sopped back up. Result? More dirt. Wetting a surface with a product doesn’t always mean it’s clean; it can actually attract more dirt—especially when soaps aren’t rinsed clean.
The other issue with some options is that many people feel they only need to do one pass. However, it usually requires more to do a deep clean.
It’s also common for people to not remove whatever solution they’ve just put down, contributing to the residue factor. This can also happen with spray mops unless only water is used, which may not always be enough to clean the floors with.
Spray mops are great for maintenance and quick mopping jobs, which I like to use for quick jobs, but they’re not always going to achieve a deep clean. There is, however, a newer O-Cedar ProMist MAX Microfiber Spray Mop that we hope to get our hands on and cover soon.
Spin mops like the O-Cedar EasyWring Mop often surpass the traditional methods and many other options because they usually offer the best of both worlds—plus a few bonuses.
In fact, the very concept of spin mops is what helps people get their floors cleaner and in far less time and with a lot less effort—the spinning.
Cleaner and More Efficient
The spinning mechanism on the Ocedar EasyWring Mop & Bucket System wrings out and dries the mop heads. That means users can control how wet or dry their mops and the floors are. Because of this, they can be ideal for hardwood floors too.
Like on the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop, spinning mechanisms can help clean the mop head while wringing and drying it out. A clean mop means a cleaner floor.
It’s similar to how a washing machine works—you clean it through agitation and then spin it dry. Some mop systems even offer a 2nd spin agitator inside the bucket to further help clean the mop head, not just to dry it.
Cost-Effective and Reusable
There’s also the benefit of having machine-washable mop heads and refill mop heads. I love being able to have multiple mop heads so that if I want to swap out for a fresh one quickly. This means you’re not putting a filthy mop head back on your clean floor. Keep reading to learn more about washing the heads or skip ahead.
Fewer Passes = Faster Cleaning and Less Effort
Because you’re able to clean and rinse your mop better than with many other options and have the ability to suck up dirty water off the floor more efficiently, you wind up doing fewer passes than with traditional mopping. All in all, you’re left with far cleaner floors and manage to get it done with a lot less effort.
How Does the O-Cedar Spin Mop work?
Using a spin mop like the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket feels a lot like using a traditional mop and bucket, and the mop head is basically like a regular string mop. The main difference between this system and traditional mops is the spin feature and how much faster it is.
Plus, spin mops have the additional benefits of controlled wetness vs. dryness, among other factors. Much of this is thanks to the spin mechanism and the microfiber head, which does a great job of sopping up dirty water and dirt, debris, and other particles better than most traditional options.
As with traditional mopping, the main goal is to go over the floor with hot, soapy water and then rinse afterward using the mop and just plain water until the flooring is cleaned.
This may require changing out the rinse water several times over, depending on how dirty your floors are.
Some people use plain water to mop since microfiber tends to clean well on its own. However, this can depend on how dirty your floors are or what you’re attempting to mop up.
WHAT TO LIKE & DISLIKE ABOUT THE O-CEDAR EASYWRING SPIN MOP
The O-Cedar EasyWring Mop and Bucket System is likely one of the most popular mops in today’s market—especially where spin mops are concerned. Much of this is due to its overall effectiveness, durability, and affordability, along with a few other exceptions.
Here are a few stats, facts, and what we personally noticed:
The Quality of the Microfiber on the Mop Head is What Counts
Oftentimes, microfiber-based products are only as good as the quality of microfiber that’s used on it. The same goes for mopping products that use microfiber, which many spin mops do.
In fact, it’s the microfiber that tends to make spin mops, along with the spin mechanism, shine the most.
Check for quality.
Regardless of which mop you choose, always investigate. It might be worth it to pass if the microfiber feels cheap, thin, or like there isn’t much bulk on it.
This is where I found the O-Cedar Spin Mop did pretty well when compared to other mops that I’ve seen and/or used in the past—or even currently grab now and then for quick cleaning or a bit of change.
The microfiber mop head’s quality seems far better and more efficient at picking stuff up than most options out there.
A cleaner feeling.
The O-cedar Easywring Clean Spin Mop & Bucket leaves a cleaner-feeling floor as a result, aside from one product that was a lot more expensive and eventually broke on me (see Conclusion).
Ever since I started using spin mops like this on our vinyl wood plank floors—where grit is particularly noticeable—as well as wood and tiled floors, that clean, under-the-foot feeling is something I’m always looking out for and have come to expect.
Is the O-Cedar Spin Mop the Best Microfiber Mop?
Is it the OCedar Microfiber Spin Mop best microfiber mop out there?
Performance-wise, we’d have to say no. But it’s still pretty close to some of the best (usually double the price) and certainly better than many others within its same category.
One of the best microfiber mops that I’ve used was on the Mopnado, which was a lot more expensive and a little less reliable, despite its many bells and whistles. But I’ll touch on it later in the post.
The O-Cedar head is a pretty close 2nd. It does a fantastic job at cleaning and picking up debris—especially for a mid-range spin mop.
When it comes to its affordable price, effectiveness, durability, longevity, and being a close 2nd to some of the best spin mop performers out there, we’d have to say yes. So far, anyway! It’s certainly one of the most popular, if not in the Top 3 spin mops to date.
1. What floor cleaner solution do you use with the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop?
O-cedar Easywring Rinse Clean Spin Mop & Bucket doesn’t mention a specific type of cleaner to use with the O’Cedar Spin Mop. However, they do mention that you should not use any bleach or fabric softener, just as with most microfiber products since it can ruin the microfiber itself. So that likely includes any cleaning product with bleach.
You’ll also want to avoid fabric softeners and try to keep the heads separate from other items in the wash to avoid lint.
2. Can O-Cedar Mop Heads Be Washed?
Yes, OCedar mop heads can definitely be washed in your washing machine, and this happens to be one of the most appealing things about spin mops in general. It helps to save money while also helping the environment a little bit more at the same time.
3. How do you wash Ocedar Mop head refill?
The O-Cedar website recommends washing your mop heads and mop head refills (same thing) in the washing machine with warm water. As with most microfiber products, O-Cedar firmly states not to use bleach or fabric softener. They recommend laying the microfiber mop head on a flat surface to air dry.
While O-Cedar does not suggest a specific amount of detergent to use with their EasyWring spin mop heads or other mop head options, the general rule of thumb for microfiber is that less is more—meaning don’t use too much. I don’t ever go beyond a “1” on the measuring cup for HE detergent while washing several at a time, and typically do less.
In fact, we often do an extra rinse with ours using a little vinegar once in a while to help remove excess residue from laundry detergent and cleaning products so that they perform better.
To learn more tips about washing and maintaining the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop heads or refills and other microfiber products, check out our how-to 14 Tips on How to Wash and Maintain Microfiber Cloths, Towels, and Pads tutorial.
4. How Do You Remove an O-Cedar Mop Head?
Performing an O’Cedar microfiber mop head removal is quite simple.
- Put the mop head on the floor with the microfiber strings splayed out as much as possible.
- Place your foot on a large section of the string as well as the floor to hold the mop head in place.
- Pull the handle up to detach the mop handle from the head, making sure you don’t accidentally hurt yourself.
This is the best way to avoid having to grab the mop too much. Otherwise, you can grab the mop strings with your hand and simply pull the head off.
5. How Do You Replace or Attach an O-Cedar Spin Mop Head?
To attach or replace an O-Cedar Spin Mop microfiber head:
- Place the replacement or clean head on the floor so that the plastic part of the mop pad is facing upward.
- Hover the handle and red triangle mop head cap above the mop refill/head until the mop head’s triangle portion on the handle and the mop head are lined up.
- Place the mop head and hand portion onto the pad/refill.
- Press down on the red plastic head until it snaps in place. Try to make sure that the entire red triangle is snapped firmly into place.
- You may need to press down on it using your foot once or twice more until it snaps firmly and completely in place.
6. How to Get the O’Cedar Spin Mop Head to Lie Flat on the Floor?
To get a spin mop, or the O-Cedar spin mop head, to easily lay flat on the floor so that it runs smoothly against the surface, you need to allow the microfiber strings to splay out.
To do this, hold the mop several inches above the floor and give it a slight twisting motion back and forth using your wrist. As you see the strings splay out, quickly rest the mop head onto the floor as you see me doing in the gif below. Voila!
This should keep the mop head flat as long as you don’t lift it while moving around on the floor. It should also help prevent the plastic portion of the mop from scraping against the floor while providing efficient cleaning.
This is also the position you’d use for spin mop head removal, before stepping on it and detaching the mop head.
HOW TO USE THE O-CEDAR MOP
Keep reading for instructions on using the O-Cedar mop, including tips, or scroll further down to watch their video.
- Start with a freshly vacuumed or swept floor ( a surprising number of folks skip this step—please don’t).
- Fill the bucket with hot water and a little bit of soap to the Max line (soap is optional).
- Place a mop head on the floor and align the mop on top of it. Press firmly into place.
- Wet the fully assembled mop inside the bucket and rotate it gently in a side-to-side motion, similar to a washing machine.
- Place the mop head flatly inside the bucket’s EasyWringer at the top (spin agitator).
- Make sure to hold the mop loosely in your hand and that no strings from the mop head are sticking out.
- Pump the pedal at the base of the bucket until the desired level of dryness is reached—generally 2 to 5 rotations.
- Clean the mop head in the soapy water and wring it out again as necessary.
Quick Tip: To flatten the mop head onto the floor, give the handle a quick twist with the mop head a few inches above, using a flick of the wrist. Quickly lower the mop head to the floor as the strings are splayed outward.
- Once you’ve finished washing the floors with soap, empty the dirty water.
- Refill the bucket with plain water to rinse the soap off the floor.
- Continue to mop as you were during the Wash Phase.
- Repeat step 7 as desired and/or until the water is clear—you may need to switch out the water entirely for clean water every now and then if the floors are particularly dirty.
Quick Tip #1: add a small amount of vinegar to the water to help further remove any remaining soap residue.
Quick Tip #2: It’s usually a good idea to rinse the Ocedar mop in the bucket and run it through the agitator during this phase or as needed. With less water in the microfiber, you’ll be able to pick up more dirty water from the floor rather than continuing to move it about on the surface. This will also reduce the cleaning and drying time.
- Try rinsing the mop head a final time in water only during your final pass. Then spin it dry as much as possible to go over the surface again. (Optional)
- Empty and rinse the bucket clean.
- Unless the flooring is really dirty, you can reuse the mop head again next time without cleaning it first or wash it, if desired or necessary.
You can find O-Cedar’s other videos here.
I had to buy the O-Cedar spin mop when my other, far more expensive mop (Mopnado) broke before its first year was up, and no way to fix the situation without having to fork for a completely new one.
While the O-Cedar didn’t have all the bells and whistles of the Mopnado, such as wheels, soap dispenser, and a 2nd agitator inside the bucket, it ended up being more durable, longer-lasting, better priced, and worked almost as well performance-wise.
And the Mopnado cost twice its price.
It would be a great choice for pretty much any household—especially when it comes to getting a deeper clean than what other options can achieve on their own. I like to use ours as my go-to for deep cleaning the floor, and our Rubbermaid Reveal for quick maintenance cleanings once a week.
Above all, people who traditionally hate to mop might also enjoy the benefits of having a spin mop, and the O-Cedar manages to highlight many of those perks at a fair price.
So far, we don’t plan on switching anytime soon unless I decide to do another review. We’ll see!
Would We Purchase the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop Again?
Short answer: Yes. In fact, I’ve purchased it twice now.
It was actually one of the first things I immediately replaced my original Ocedar when I moved and left my old O-Cedar mop behind. I realized then how much I liked it when I found I hated mopping with my mother’s various floor tools and mops in comparison, including ones I’ve previously owned too.
Make sure to purchase extra mop head refills. This way, you’ll be able to wash more at the same time and will always have a clean one available each time you mop.
And regardless of which mop brand you get, we always recommend spin mops. Just make sure to check reviews, particularly video ones, and that the microfiber mop head is of good quality.
Keep scrolling or skip to the official Neat-ish rating and the Pros and Cons section.
Have a favorite mop or cleaning tool that you love to use? Let us know in the comments down below! And if you liked our OCedar Spin Mop review, keep scrolling for some of our other options down below.
O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket System
Ease of Use4.4/5
- Can get into corners
- Good flexibility/maneuverability
- Above-Average Microfiber Head
- SplashGuard Technology
- Great no-slip bottom
- No soap dispenser
- Lacks 2nd agitator/spinner for bucket
- No wheels
- Doesn't get grout
- Some w/ high-gloss laminate reported streaking