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As with most people, mopping is probably one of my least favorite chores. However, I eventually learned that we tend to hate certain cleaning tasks partly because of the methods and tools we might use, which may not always be the best solution.
This is why it’s key to find a mop—or any cleaning tool—that’s easy to use, efficient at cleaning, promotes a faster clean time, and lessens as much mopping effort as possible. The more convenient the tool, the less likely you’ll mind the task.
So, how well does the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop work? More importantly, how well does it rate when compared to other options available? Continue reading to find out, or skip ahead using the Table of Content above or skip to the main bits listed below:
Why Use A Spin Mop
One of the most appealing things about a spin mop for even the “laziest” of cleaners is the fact that you don’t have to bend down and touch the dirty, wet mop head during the floor-cleaning process. However, other factors might be beneficial too.
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 very floor you’re trying to clean. Because traditional mops usually involve a lot of water getting onto the floor, it often makes it a no-go for most hardwood floor users. More water also means longer drying times.
Other mop styles may seem faster and can undoubtedly be great for maintenance cleaning, but they’re often not doing nearly as good of a job as one might think. This is because some mops only wet the surface but don’t do as well to pick stuff up, and a lot of people feel that they only need to do one pass to keep things clean when it usually requires more effort. In many cases, the lack of cleaning is only evident when we need to wipe something up off the floor with a paper towel, or when we get out the old mop and bucket to do a deeper clean.
It’s also common for users to not remove whatever solution they just put down. Over time, this just builds up and attracts more dirt. Wet doesn’t mean it’s clean, but rather can attract more dirt.
Spin mops often surpass the traditional methods and many other options because they tend to 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 mechanism works to wring out, and even dry, mop heads. That means users can control how wet or dry their mops are as well as the floors they’re using them on. Because of this, they can be ideal for hardwood floor owners too.
Spinning mechanisms, like on the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop, can also help to clean the mop head while wringing and drying it out. Some mop systems even offer a 2nd spin agitator inside the bucket to help clean the mop head, not just to merely dry it. It’s a lot like how a washing machine works—you clean it through agitation and then spin it dry.
All in all, you’re usually left with far cleaner floors and manage to get it done with a lot less effort.
The Mop Head Is What Counts
Oftentimes, a microfiber-based product is only as good as the quality of microfiber involved. The same tends to go for mopping products that use microfiber, which many spin mops do.
This is where I found the O-Cedar Spin Mop did pretty well when compared to other mops that I’ve used in the past—or even currently grab now and then for quick cleaning or a bit of change. The quality of the microfiber mop head itself seems far better and more efficient at picking stuff up.
It also tends to leave a cleaner-feeling floor as a result, aside from the far more expensive Mopnado that I’ve previously owned. Ever since I started using mops like this on our old vinyl wood plank floors—where grit is particularly noticeable—that clean under-the-foot feeling is something I’m always looking out for.
What There’s To Like 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 and affordability. However, it also has other features that factor into why it’s so popular when compared to others within the same price range.
What Could Use Improvement
Can O-Cedar Mop Heads Be Washed?
Yes, they 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.
Even so, it’s good to wash them alone or with other microfiber products to avoid lint from getting onto the material. You’ll also want to avoid using any kind of fabric softener (liquid or sheet) since this can impede the performance of microfiber.
I also find it helpful to occasionally soak them in vinegar water after washing them—especially if I use anything but plain water on them. Sometimes, I may even do a rinse cycle in the washing machine with just vinegar. This helps to reduce soap and detergent buildup, which in turn keeps the microfiber working well and lasting longer. It’s a good practice and something that I like to do with any microfiber product.
How Does The O-Cedar Spin Mop Work?
Using the spin mop 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, of course, the spin feature and how much faster it is.
As with traditional mopping, the main goal is to go over the floor with hot, soapy water and then to rinse it 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 may skip soap altogether and just use water or water and vinegar, which generally requires fewer passes. I sometimes use vinegar as a rinse and following soapy water to help remove any soap residue or just skip the soap and use a vinegar-water mix or plain, hot water.
GENERAL STEPS TO USE THE O-CEDAR MOP
- 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 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 completely 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 mop in the bucket and run it through the agitator during this phase, or as needed. With the 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.
I’m someone who loves gadgets and likes to mix things up when it comes to cleaning, rather than just sticking to one tool. It’s also a lot less boring and allows me to experiment with my time or the task at hand. As a result, I’ve used anything from the O-Cedar spin system to our Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop, iRobots, Mint robots, industrial string mops, an E-Cloth microfiber mop, Scentiva and Swiffer mop cloths, steam mops, and traditional sponge mops.
I do like to use our Rubbermaid Reveal Spray and E-Cloth mops for quick, weekly cleanings, and even let my old school robots run if I’m feeling particularly lazy. However, while it’s not perfect, I generally find that the O-Cedar EasyWring system seems to perform better in the long run and is my go-to choice for regular, deep cleaning. At least until I find the next gadget to obsess over!
Why? It cuts my mopping time in half. It’s Simple. It requires fewer steps. It’s also kind of fun—well, as fun as mopping could possibly manage to get, but no matter.
Would We Purchase the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop Again?
Short answer: yes. In fact, that’s exactly what happened when I moved last year and was one of the first things I felt I had to replace. While there are equal or slightly better options out there, the O’Cedar works great for what it is and is marked at a fairly reasonable price when compared to other options that are twice as much. We don’t plan on switching anytime soon unless I decide to do another review. We’ll see!
Would We Recommend It?
The O’Cedar isn’t 100% perfect and I wouldn’t mind seeing a less expensive price tag. However, some of the “best mops” also tend to be the most expensive and may not have everything a person could want either. In my experience, I had a great one that performed better but also cost twice as much (the Mopnado). Adding further to the painful pricetag, the mop eventually broke and I (along with the rest of their customer base) wasn’t able to resolve the issue without forking out another $60.
The O-Cedar may not be the most attractive or even the “best” out there, but it does the trick and when it comes to both deep cleaning and the faster, 5-minute kind of maintenance cleaning. This is why I would and have recommended this to a number of people, especially when they ask me “What is the best mop?”
These days, there are so many options out there these days that can be thought to answer, which is I always like to stress doing your research. A lot often comes down to personal preference and overall need. Some less expensive options may do just as well, too. But if you’re looking for one mop in general and nothing else, I would definitely suggest this handy mop.
The O-Cedar Spin Mop and Bucket System is a great choice, regardless if you’re an avid cleaner or someone who avoids it at all costs. While not the cheapest in the world, it’s still affordable and good enough to make it worth the investment. Above all, it’s great for lazy people and those who adamantly hate mopping.
Final Tip: Just make sure to purchase extra mop heads. 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.
Comparisons are based on the Mopnado Spin Mop; string and sponge-style mops (traditional); Swiffer-style mops pads microfiber mops like E-cloth; and the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop. Check out our review on Scentiva Mop Pads if you’re on the lookout for easy floor disinfecting.
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O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket System
- Can get into corners
- Good flexibility/maneuverability
- Above-Average Microfiber Head
- SplashGuard Technology
- Great no-slip bottom
- Typically only comes w/ one mop head
- Lack of 2nd bucket agitator/spinner
- No wheels
- Doesn't get grout
- Some w/ high-gloss laminate reported streaking