Double Mop Bucket V Single Mop Bucket 

by Ken Buckley on 15-1-2018


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Are you still using single mop buckets for all your contracts?

If you are, read this and then trial a double bucket system. See the benefits and consider changing over, there are many benefits. 

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The main operational advantage of using a double bucket system compared to a single bucket is that you keep the clean water clean and therefore achieve a better, quicker floor clean.

Single Mop Bucket System

Pros- Cheap, lightweight, takes up less space 

Cons- Spreads the dirt around, same rinsing water as cleaning solution. 

The problem with single bucket systems is; the cleaning solution quickly becomes soiled, as soon as you drip the mop back into the bucket. 

Every time you wring out the mop and dip it back into the bucket, the solution becomes more and more soiled.

You wouldn't consider throwing dirty water on a floor to clean it, but in effect this is what you are doing using a single bucket system. 

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The only way you can make this work is by constantly changing the solution in the bucket, which of course few people do. So the net result is a floor that does not look that good and, of course, a less than delighted client. 


Double Mop Bucket System

Pros- Separate rinsing and cleaning solution, takes dirt off the floor 

Cons- More money, takes more storage space

The main advantage of the double bucket system is the separating of the cleaning solution and the dirty/rinsing water. 


This gives you the ability to rinse your dirty mop head out in the rinse water,  wring it out and then dip a relatively clean mop head into the cleaning solution. 



Take care when selecting a double mop system, some have not been designed correctly (,in my opinion). 

You must be able to rinse the dirty mop head out in the dirty water.  Sadly, there are lots of otherwise good double mop systems that due to the design, prohibit you putting the mop head into the dirty water bucket.

This  means you can't rinse out the dirty mop head. All you can do is wring it out and then you are forced to put a semi-dirty mop head back into the cleaning solution bucket. 

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This is little better than a single bucket system. Unfortunately many of the top names in cleaning equipment have got this wrong. 

Examples of good systems

The Unger Smart Mop is the best system we have seen. This is quite a big bucket, so best suited to larger areas. The wringer is open at the bottom, giving you access to the rinsing water for rinsing the mop. 

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Read our review of the Smart Mop 


The Vileda Ultraspeed 2 x 25 Litre, is also a good system. The wringer is a bit fiddly and the mop heads have a habit of coming off the holder, when you are mopping, but at least they have got the basic design right. 

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A Budget system 

Of course, many contracts will not warrant spending £100+ on a mop system.

A simple push & twist double mop bucket is a good option in this case.

Use the Big White PS mop heads with this system , because the dirt rinses out more readily with these.

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How to use a Double Mop system 

It is important that any double system is used correctly, otherwise you will not get the full benefit of the double buckets. 

Follow these simple steps;

1/ Fill the clean water side with cleaning solution

2/ Place a few inches of plain water in the dirty/rinsing bucket

3/ Dip mop into cleaning solution (Use the wringer to control the wetness of the mop) 

4/  Mop the floor,  using figures of "S" 

5/ Rinse the dirty mop head out in the rinse/dirty water bucket 

6/ Wring the mop out

7/ Start at number 3 again


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