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Merry Mopping: How to Give Your Old Mop New Life

Joanie.Demer

I love a clean house, and I especially love a clean kitchen. With a bit of elbow grease, it was easy sailing until recently when the handle of my old mop decided to launch itself free from the sponge section. I had only enough money to get a replacement from a local discount store. To say the mop sponge was pathetic would be to say that Herman Melville wrote a little pamphlet about fishing.

I looked for some “mop covers” tutorials online, but they all required a sewing machine. Those were out! I found a way to make my own with items I had around my home. This method prolongs the life of a sponge mop, saves money, and prevents buying those expensive disposable covers.

You Need

  • Sponge or Swiffer-style mop
  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Ruler or straight-edge
  • A sheet of paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • An old towel

 Step 1: Measure

  • Place the starting point of the tape right in front of the handle and stretch the tape around the mop, encircling it. Reference the picture below.
  • Measure the distance between the front of the handle and the front edge of the cleaning surface.

 

Step 2: Draw a Paper Template

  • Draw a rectangle on a piece of paper. The rectangle’s width should equal the width of your cleaning surface, while the height should be the same as the measurement around the mop. For example, my mop is 8.5 inches wide and 4 inches around, so my rectangle is 8 inches wide and 4 inches high. Reference the picture below.
  • Draw two “legs” on your rectangle, each about 2 inches wide and 4 inches long. The legs should share a side with the edges of the rectangle, so that the template now looks like the side view of a table.

 

Step 3: Check Your Template

  • Cut out your template and wrap it around your mop. It should cover the entire surface of the mop and the “legs” should overlap the rectangle on the top.

 

Step 4: Make Mop Covers

  • Unfold your towel and lay it out on a hard surface.
  • Lay your template on top of it and trace the template with tailor’s chalk, a fabric pen or a washable marker. (Make as many covers as your towel can fit.)
  • Cut out the covers.

Step 5: Attach

  • Wrap the cover around your mop head just as with the paper template.
  • Secure with safety pins.
  • When the mop cover gets dirty, just throw it in the laundry.

  This has been a guest post by Melanie
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