Truthfully, my house is never as clean as all those styled Pinterest photos. I have dogs, kids, DIY projects, and the general messes of life. I really have to work to keep our home clean. And the floors are the worst!
When I found about the Norwex Mop System, which promised to make cleaning my floors easier, healthier, and cleaner, I was pretty ecstatic. And frankly, after receiving so many questions about my Norwex Cleaning Cloth Review, I wanted to take some time today to talk about another very popular collection – The Norwex Mop System.
I have thoroughly tested the Norwex mop and while I always share my honest opinions, I have chosen to write this post as an unaffiliated post. I am not affiliated at all with Norwex, e-cloths, or any other company. Everyone should be able to read this review and decide if the products would be best for them, because the answer may not be the same for everyone!
My neighbor is a consultant, but I honestly get nothing for this review. For me, the reasons I write these posts are not to make money, I just like helping people with my experiences and after finding very few unaffiliated reviews on the internet, I decided to write my own.
If you are looking for reviews, you probably already have a consultant or know someone who is. However, you can order online here if you don’t. If you do order and use Rachel’s Party, I may one day earn enough for some laundry detergent, haha.
My Floor Cleaning Routine Before
Most of the main floor is dark solid hardwood floors and we have vinyl tile in the kitchen.
However, we have major dirty problems.
We have two sweet, large WHITE dogs that shed everywhere. Every single hair shows on those dark hardwoods floor.
We are a busy family with kids, muddy paws, and cooking every night. We pretty much abuse our floors.
I have gone through several systems of trying to maintain our floors. Of course, I try to brush the dogs daily, but let’s be real here, I would say it’s a 50/50 thing. I use a rhoomba daily, and that picks up about a cup and a half of hair each day. The rhoomba helps to keep the floors good enough until mop day, but there is still a fair amount of dust and hair even with that. I also usually sweep the kitchen every other day and vacuum our rugs weekly with our vacuum (which I highly recommend for hardwood/combination floors!).
I wouldn’t call myself a clean freak, I am just trying to survive here.
Norwex Mop System Products
The Norwex Mop System basically consists of a Mop Handle, Mop Head, and an array of pads for different needs. You can build your collection over time. Here is a list of Norwex Mop System Products that I Own:
- Norwex Mop System – I have both the large and small head
- Dry Superior Mop Pad – small and large
- Wet Mop Pad – Large
- Tile Mop Pad – large
- Chenille Mop Pad
- Rubber Brush
Why do I have both sizes? One of my main complaints prior to Norwex was how awkward it was to get around the rugs on my hardwood floors (pictured in my dining room above). After receiving the large mop system, I got a smaller mop head to make cleaning around rugs easier.
How To Use The Mop
The Mop comes in two sizes (large and small) and 3 different mop pads. The system is easy to use if you follow the directions. When you start out using it, you may notice that the mop has a slight tendency to “flip” if you move it backwards. Similar mops of this design all have this, and you get used to mopping in a loose figure-8 pattern or overlapping loops.
Types of Mop Heads
Dry Mop Pad (Yellow) – This is for sweeping all the dust, hair, or crumbs off the floor. The dry pad seriously works better than my vacuum. For hardwoods, I try to go with the direction of the floor, and it gets the little crevices well.
Superior Wet Pad (Blue) – This is the one I call the “Wiper”. It is soft yet removes almost everything from my hardwood and vinyl floors. (It has a little trouble with dried dog drool, but that’s my personal crusade, I guess).
Tile Mop Pad (Blue/Green) – This mop pad has thicker fibers and a little more scrubbing power. This one works best for textured surfaces like porcelain or ceramic tile.
Chenille Mop Pad (Gray) – This mop pad has little “fingers” that are great at grabbing crumbs, hair, and larger particles from surfaces. It works especially well on grooved surfaces like travertine tile. However, I find this mop pad to have the least use of all of them. It’s nice for dusting baseboards, but I already have a dusting wand.
My secret: For stuck on messes, rather than scrubbing back and forth, I use the Enviroscrub – best scrub cloth I have ever used and it doesn’t scratch!
Rubber Brush – (I get these from Amazon here at half the cost.) To clean the dry mop, I find that shaking it out outside works just fine, but many people use this brush to clean off the mop heads into the garbage. This little brush is a MIRACLE WORKER though for cleaning sofas, dog hair off clothes, crumbs on car seats, and the corners of carpeted stairs or bathmats that can’t be vacuumed. It’s amazing!
Is the Norwex Mop Worth the Cost?
I’m just going to put this out there first. Under current pricing models, buying the complete collection (large mop handle and head, large dry mop pad, and large wet mop head) will cost you $115. But just wait to form an opinion…
Here is a handy comparison for the floor systems that I have used:
After I received my Norwex Mop, I knew right away this was the best mop I had ever used! When compared to my Bona Floor Mop, it noticeably outperformed.
- The dirt literally stuck to the mop head and I watched it pile up in the front as I mopped (which is oddly satisfying I must say).
- I could pick the dry mop up easier to take outside to brush off without hairs flying off as I walked.
- The same mop head can be used for multiple days in a row, if I brush it off outside.
Benefits of Norwex
- Norwex Systems are designed to clean with only water. This is great to keep our kids and pets from crawling on chemical laden floors.
- The mop does seem to hold water more evenly without being sopping wet. It only needs to be slightly damp.
- I don’t worry about water or chemical damage to my floors.
- The Dry Mop is great at picking up even the tiniest dust particles and it seems to get into crevices between our boards well.
- Unlike my previous dust mop, the dirt piles up in the front and doesn’t fall off the sides as you mop.
- I can pick the mop off the floor gently and brush it off outside without dust and hair flying off.
- There are different pads designed to do different jobs, and they excel at those jobs rather than as a one size fits all pad.
- The pads are machine washable and dried on high heat. This is a huge cost savings over disposable pads like the Swiffer.
- The pole of the mop base is FANTASTIC. It’s adjustable height so it works for my son and my 6’4″ husband. You can place the handle against walls and it won’t fall over or mar the wall!
- The telescopic base has an attachment where you can use your window cloths to clean very high windows.
- The mop pads attach with a high quality velcro. I’ve used it for years with no wear over time. It is also very easy to put on and peel off.
- The mop system has a locking mechanism that works with the push of a flip-down button. If you don’t lock it, the base swivels in every direction – handy for getting under your furniture.
- Although my previous mop fits under furniture, you cannot lay it on the floor without the pad popping up. With the Norwex mop you can, making getting under furniture and awkward spaces a breeze!
- I have used this mop exclusively for over 2 years with only 1 of each pad and all have held up great.
- The Norwex mop system is an all-in-one system. Meaning that you will only need one mop handle for multiple different jobs including hardwood mopping, tile mopping, dry dusting, and even high window cleaning if you purchase the accessories.
Negatives of the Mop
- The big one: THE COST. While you will actually save money over disposable mop pads, I balked at it at first.
- Once you get your hands on one, you will probably start collecting accessories. I did at least. The rubber brush is FANTASTIC for pet hair on couches.
- The large Mop Head is very big, meaning it won’t get into tight spaces. They do make a smaller pad for areas like that which I use as well.
- The small pad will not fit on the large base and vice versa. (Yes, I tried)
- I have had some trouble adjusting the telescopic pole for different heights easily.
- I, personally, didn’t find the tile mop to be noticeably better or easier on vinyl tiles than the regular wet mop pad.
Conclusion- Best Mop, but not $100 better. That being said, I do LOVE my mop and I absolutely recommend it in certain instances.
How I got My Norwex Mop System For Free!
I can’t promise that every consultant has the same deals or that the rewards system won’t change, but this method is worth looking into. Norwex is an MLM company similar to Lularoe or Pampered Chef, where people hold in-home parties for their friends and family and the host can earn rewards based on purchases made from that party.
To be honest, I am not a fan of these parties. I feel like hitting up my friends and family to purchase products is, well, a bit tacky. I write more extensively about this is my Norwex Cloth Review Post. (That is solely my opinion and I respect everyone that loves to host them or works for an MLM.)
Despite my disdain for these types of sales tactics, I did in fact host a Norwex home party, mostly because I had three friends who were already wanting to purchase items. I mean they really pulled my arm, lol. As a host, I received rewards from the purchases and, honestly, those rewards were extremely generous. In fact, for about $550 in sales and 5 purchasing friends, I received over $150 in products for free. $150! I received the Norwex Mop System because I had over $500 in sales, and I also received $54 in credit towards my own purchase.
Is it right for you?
In the end, that all depends. It is a very high-end mop, and it will last for many years, plus it has a great warranty. The cost is much less than all those disposable refill pads and floor solution, but I feel that the Norwex Mop is not that much better than my other microfiber mop to justify an extra $100+. That being said, I do prefer my Norwex Mop overall because I only need one mop to do around the rugs as well as large spaces, and to dust and mop all of our floors.
I would recommend the Norwex Mop System to those who –
- Want to eliminate chemicals in their home.
- Want a 1 mop system that can do all types of floors, and both large and small areas.
- Can confidently host a party to receive enough rewards to earn the mop for free.
- Want the best convenience and the bestclean, no matter the cost.
So if you are on the fence, or just tired of spending hours cleaning floors, I truly hoped this helped. Let me know if you have had any experience with this mop system or if you have any questions below!
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Hello I purchased the norwex system give or take 10 months ago as I had alot of people telling me how great it is. I bought the large size mop and handle set and I do have some pros and cons to speak of this system. As much as the cost was at the beginning ($155) I found it to pay itself off fairly quickly as I am a professional cleaner and do own my own company. I was trying to find a better way to get through cleans a bit more efficiently but after about 4-5 months my blue wet mop head started getting holes in it and continues to gain fair size holes. I thought for something so expensive it would be more durable with floor washing and yes I did follow instructions and only used water with it. I don’t think spending 45-50 dollars to replace this mop head is worth it for me as a company owner. I also found I still had to use an edging broom before I could effectively use the yellow dry mop head as it did not get in corners and sometimes didn’t get along certain areas of baseboards or where floor meets wall. I have used mine on all types of floors even ones that specify BONA products only and I have found at the beginning it was great but 4-5 months for ($155) to me not worth it!
Bran R. says
Can we become best friends?!? Lol
Oh you, your website, your reviews and your downright honest and down-to-earth vibe is such a breath of fresh air! Thank you!
I was recently at Costco to get my go-to Sprayway cleaner and THEY DO NOT CARRY IT ANYMORE! I immediately went on a rant to my gal pal and asked her what on earth is she going to use now that Costco doesn’t carry our glass cleaner anymore, and she told me she has only used Norwex in her home for years! This sent me on an internet frenzy trying to dig up info and justify the costs. I am so fortunate to have stumbled upon your page!
I have a similar home life! A love of very messy and shedding fur babies, projects galore, not to mention two rambunctious kiddos and an even more-so husband! We also have a farm and the amount of dirt and dust getting dragged into this house is mind boggling. Why I haven’t bought stock in Swiffer yet is beyond me.
I am definitely going to go this route confidently and am happy to go through your consultant! I hope you get your bag of detergent!
I truly appreciate your honesty and for being as busy as you are, finding the time to put this information out there! I am a SAHM and am the most non-tech savvy person. I have taken to Yelp to share some of my experiences when I feel folks have gone above and beyond. I love to share that info in hopes that other people in my situation know they’re not alone and can find some hope or resolve from my own experience. That is what you have done for me and I truly am thankful and so humbled by the grace and poise you take in responding to every comment, even the ones where folks are calling you out. Yuck. Thanks for taking the time, despite all of your mama and wife hats you wear! You rock and thanks for shining your light and being helpful to others!
Cheers and I have never been so excited to clean my house as I am now!
Thank you so much for your very kind words! I really do try to help and answer questions with any and all of my content on the site. Your experience is super important to me! I just got back from vacation and your comment meant the world to me!
I totally agree – it takes a minute to justify the costs on their products, but I have rarely found alternatives that work nearly as well. I have been using norwex for years though and I do know it has ended up saving me money since I don’t have to buy cleaners. We have tons of projects (and lots that I am in the middle of writing posts for now) so if you ever have a question or an idea for something you would like to see, let me know! I hope you are super happy in your new cleaning adventures, lol.
Donna Culbert says
Just purchased the mop system and having a huge issues with streaking, I apply very little water to the blue mop head and wring it out good, I’m doing the figure 8 with it and my floors look aweful
I soak my mop head, then wring it out very well. I can only speak from what my personal experience and what my consultant told me. If you previously used oils or certain cleaning products, they may have left a buildup or film that will take a few cleanings to get off. I had that happen with my appliances when I started using Norwex, the cloth left terrible streaks because I had previously used a polish.
We recently had a new hardwood floor put in our home office and had the rest of the hardwood floors resurfaced. The man who did the work recommended Bona to clean the floor and when I told him I had just purchased the Norwex floor mop he told me that he found that to be hard on the finish and would not recommend using it. I’ve used Bona for years and my floors always looked great, but now I’m confused about which to use. My new Norwex mop is still in the box. Have you heard or experienced any bad results with the Norwex hurting your floors finish? And I’m curious as to why you also use the Bona along with your Norwex. Please reply.
He found Bona or the Norwex mop hard on floors? Ive used Bona and the Norwex on my solid hickory hardwoods for 5 years. Zero problems. I don’t intend to be rude, but if a soft mop is hard on the finish of your floors, then shoes, dogs, and dirt tracked in from outside are more worrisome. I don’t know their methods or processes, but I can’t see this being true. The only thing I can think of is that the mop, when wet, has on a few occasions flipped suddenly upside down, which could scratch. I figured out that I was pushing too hard downward and watched for it until I got the hang of it. I watched my son do the same thing until I taught him, lol.
Mollie White says
Rachel, I noticed you did not compare the Norwex to Bona, but in comments stated you use your Norwex w/ Bona spray on your wood floors. What is the reason? I have a Bona my neighbor gave me who swears by the Norwex and i wanted to see the difference. I enjoy using the Bona and the time difference in cleaning my new wood floors vs, cleaning tile and carpet is unbelievable. Home is 2400 square feet and it took me about 20 minutes just to dust the floors, all of them. In the past w/ the other floors it would have taken much longer. So i really like the Bona floor system. I have invested in the spray and looking to get newer floor pads but if the Norwex is better then i would not need to do this. Appreciate your honesty on the products.
Penny Jo Cesternino says
I found your articles on Norwex products very informative and appreciated your honesty. I was doing research since I was considering becoming a consultant. (Which I did) I was very sceptical about how well the products worked as I had never heard of Norwex before. Thank you for sharing !
I was told not to use water on my hardwoods. I have dark wood which shows foot prints from stocking feet and smudge marks. I would like like to try your mop with my current product. Is that possible?
I completely understand your pain with dark hardwoods, as I have them too. I have solid hickory hardwood floors, and I use Bona or a light water spray with my norwex mop. It’s not that you don’t want to use water on hardwoods, it’s that most people would use an excessive amount of water, like a mop and bucket. If the water seeps down the sides, then you have a problem. What I usually do is walk around with a sprayer bottle on a light mist setting and spray as I mop. The mop head is misted as well to start with, but not soaked. Hope that helps!
I do have one question. I borrowed one to see if I liked it. I found it very hard to push. Are there tips for ease, like which mop for wood, tile and laminate? Wet or dry? I used it damp. It worked great but found it to be a real workout
They have several different mop heads. I do find the orange head can be hard to push damp if you put pressure on it. I generally use the orange head dry and the wet mop (blue head) very lightly damp on my hardwood floors. The blue head is easier to push but sometimes if I pick up the head and move it, the head will flip over so I am a little more careful of that. It’s not bad, I just have to pay attention. I use the tile mop on my tile floors, but honestly I don’t find any extra benefit to that one over the regular blue wet mop. The tile mop isn’t super scratchy but you could ask about that one. It doesn’t seem to have as much suction as the regular blue wet mop head.
FYI, Norwex is Direct Sales not MLM. So obviously she isn’t a consultant or she wouldn’t have stated the wrong type of company.
I think we have a difference of opinion, although I am definitely not a consultant. According to Norwex’s own FAQ – “You can earn Norwex shopping sprees by sponsoring new Norwex consultants! And if you build a team of consultants, you’ll earn a percentage of their sales, as long as you are still actively selling Norwex and working your business, too.” Earning a percentage from consultants (usually referred to as a downline), is, in my opinion a multi-level marketing company. However, Norwex does require that you continue direct sales, not just recruit.
Susan Kollars says
I had my last Norwex mop for 20 years. It’s awesome. I just recently bought a new one, so with that being said, it is definitely worth the money. Thank you for taking the time to write this.
Wow! It’s actually reassuring to hear that Norwex has been in business that long, because I hadn’t heard of them until about 18 months ago. It also means they have been standing behind their products for a long time. I was surprised I hadn’t heard of them before then, because some of their products are borderline magic. Thank you for teaching me something new!
I find it hard to believe that you are just a consumer that found a great floor product and was so happy about it that you put together this entire “add” just to share your joy of this product.
It sounds like you have a very busy household yet you find the time to write this article, insert links etc., and rant and rave about this product line!
I gather this is one of those “Party Products” and that you are somehow affiliated with the company or receive kickbacks.
Ouch, but I understand. There is so much on the internet that is not what it seems, but I can assure you that I must conform to Federal Trade Commission standards in reporting any relationship that I have with a company. I have no affiliation with Norwex, and purchase my own products at full cost. While my neighbor is a consultant, I wrote this review because I had trouble myself deciding what to purchase when I first heard of Norwex. I do honestly rave about several of their products to my friends and family (and even list a few I don’t like in another post). I also buy them as Christmas gifts. That being said, I felt this review of the mop system was very balanced. In fact, in this very article, I conclude “The cost is much less than all those disposable refill pads and floor solution, but I feel that the Norwex Mop is not that much better than my $20 microfiber mop to justify an extra $80-90.” I appreciate your honest viewpoint and skepticism of articles on the internet- we need more who think like that! However, I am a very real person, a mom and wife and I keep so many balls in the air for my busy home-remodeling family, so I appreciate products that can help me with all my juggling efforts. Thank you for your comment.
Debra Keibler says
Hi Rachel, first of all….thank you for your honest review. It helped me to decide if I should purchase the mop system or not.
Secondly, you can purchase Norwex products on eBay. I have seen some very good buys on there. A lot cheaper than buying from a consultant.
good to know!