Mopping Systems

Overview

High rates of repetitive motion and lifting injuries are associated with the use of traditional hand mopping and bucket systems. Fortunately, there have been some improvements made that include: lightweight mop handles and heads, built-in handles and drains, and bucket inserts for clean and dirty water. Unfortunately, there continues to be a significant amount of physical work involved when mopping by hand. Motorized mopping units are capable of doing the same job while reducing injuries by eliminating repetitive motion and heavy lifting. Motorized mopping units are preferred from an ergonomics and injury prevention point of view.

Decision-makers should review the following considerations.

  • Space: Area(s) where the mopping system will be used. Is the mopping system the right size for the job and will there be obstacles or furniture to navigate?
  • Surfaces: Type of surface(s) the mopping system will be used on. Will you need to navigate bumpy areas or various types of transitions?
  • Users: The physical characteristics of the worker. Can the mopping system be used by different height users?  
  • Storage: The mopping system will need to be stored somewhere. Is there storage space in an existing custodial closet or storage area?
  • Portability: Ease by which a user can get the equipment to the job site. Is there elevator access?
  • Maintenance: What type of regular maintenance is needed? Is a special tool needed for regular field maintenance?
  • Power: Access to power. If using a powered unit, they can be corded or battery-powered. Are there outlets available? Is the cord long enough? Is the battery capable of lasting the entire shift on a single charge?
  • Testing and Feedback: Demo the product. What was the users’ feedback on the unit after trying in the work environment?

Recommended Automated Mopping Systems

Mfr. & Model

Kaivac
Omniflex
Autovac/Stretch

Tennant
i-mop XL

Criteria Rating

★★★★★

★★★★☆

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Kaivac Omniflex
i-mop xl

Review

For medium to large areas and hallways

Eliminates the awkward postures and lifting associated with hand mopping. Suited for areas with minimal obstacles to navigate. The unit has flexible power options and multiple modes of operation: spread only, vacuum only, or spread and vacuum. Most applications do not require a pre-dust or trail mop.

For small to medium-sized hallways and 1-2 stall restrooms.

Eliminates the awkward postures and lifting associated with hand mopping. Can navigate tight spaces and obstacles. Requires minimal physical force to operate. Decreases overall cleaning time. Approximately 60 minutes of operation on a single charge. Extra batteries may be desired to support extended cleaning needs. 

UC Supplier

Waxie Maintex

Specs

CFM: 90

Water Lift: 92"

Airwatt: 974

Weight: 115 lbs

Cord: 100'

Battery: 90 min ♠

Decibel: 75 dB

Solution Tank: 10 gal

Vacuum Tank: 10 gal

Vacuum Hose: 15'

Dump Hose: 26"

Wheels: two 5" rear, two 3" front

Cleaning path: 28"

Down Pressure: N/A

HEPA Filter: N/A

Onboard training tablet: Yes ♠

CFM: N/A

Water Lift: N/A

Airwatt: N/A

Weight: 57 lbs

Cord: N/A

Battery: 60 min ♠

Decibel: 79.6 dB

Solution Tank: 1 gal

Recovery Tank: 1.5 gal

Vacuum Hose: N/A

Dump Hose: N/A

Wheels: two 3" rear

Cleaning Path: 18.1"

Down Pressure: 48.4 lbs

HEPA Filter: N/A

Onboard training tablet: No

Resources

Omniflex Website

i-mop XL Website


Recommended Traditional Mopping Systems

Mfr. & Model

Rubbermaid
WaveBreak 35 Qt
Down Press Combo

Rubbermaid
WaveBreak 26 Qt
Side Press Combo

Criteria Rating

★★★☆☆

★★☆☆☆

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Rubbermaid 7577-88
Rubbermaid FG748000YEL

Review

Long-lasting Down Press Wringer 

This unit has a down press wringer with a bent handle which requires less force than a side press wringer. The wringer will stand up on its own when emptying the bucket. The bucket has integrated handles, sink ledge, pour spout, and WaveBreak technology that reduces splashing. An optional dirty bucket insert is available.

Side Press Wringer

A small step up from traditional mopping buckets. This unit has a side press wringer which requires more force than a down press wringer. The wringer will stand up on its own when emptying the bucket. The bucket has integrated handles, sink ledge, pour spout, and WaveBreak technology that reduces splashing. An optional dirty bucket insert is available.

UC Supplier

Waxie Waxie

Specs

Length: 20.1”

Width: 15.7”

Height: 36.5”

Weight: 21 lbs

Capacity: 35 qt

Wringer: Down press

Freestanding wringer

Molded-in pour spout

Integrated handles

Optional dirty water bucket

Length: 18.88”

Width: 16.63”

Height: 23.50”

Weight: 20.67 lbs

Capacity: 26 qt

Wringer: Side press 

Freestanding wringer

Molded-in pour spout

Integrated handles

Optional dirty water bucket

Resources

WaveBreak 35 Qt Down Press Website

WaveBreak Video

WaveBreak 26 Qt Side Press Website

WaveBreak Video

Products are rated on a 5-star scale based on the Criteria Rating - ★
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