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Types of Mop Buckets and Wringers

Keeping your business clean is no simple task, but using the right mop bucket can make it easier. Whether you run a small business or large institution, a mop bucket and wringer is a necessary addition for everything from daily cleanings to surprise messes. This guide will cover the many different options for your business.

Parts of a Mop Bucket

Before choosing which mop bucket would work best for you, it’s important to be familiar with the basic parts of one, as well as certain variations and options available.

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With safety being a top priority for any business, keeping excess water off the floor during mopping creates a safer environment for your employees, and your guests. The wringer on the bucket allows the user to easily press excess water out of the wet mop, preventing floors from becoming overly saturated and slippery. While plastic wringers are the popular, economical choice, metal wringers provide a more durable construction for a longer life, but are costly and prone to corrosion if not rinsed and dried properly.

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Use the bucket on wheels to effortlessly transport warm, soapy water without the spills and drips often caused by carrying it by hand. Choose a bucket size appropriate for the square footage of the area you want to clean. The larger the bucket, the less time is needed to drain and refill.

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Rubbermaid FG9C7400RED WaveBrake® 18 Qt. Red Dirty Water Bucket

Dirty Water Bucket

As its name suggests, some cleaning buckets with wringers include a dirty water bucket designed to keep soiled water separate from the clean, soapy water. This feature increases efficiency with less water changes required, making it an ideal option for large, commercial establishments.

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Rubbermaid FG778000YEL WaveBrake® 35 Qt. Yellow Mopping Trolley with Side Press Wringer

Mopping Trolley

Ideal for maneuverability, using a mop bucket with wringer on a trolley provides exceptional control and precision when pushing down long hallways. The high handle allows extra control for employees who have trouble bending over or pushing.

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Types of Wringers

Type Image Overview How to Use

Rubbermaid FG738000YEL Tandem 31 Qt. Yellow Mop Bucket with Reverse Press Wringer
  • Compact design fits inside bucket
  • Comfortable and easy to use mechanism
  • Requires more pressure than down press

To use, pull the lever toward the mop to release water back in to the bucket. This is an economical option less commonly found in commercial and industrial establishments.

Continental 335-39YW 35 Qt. Institutional Mop Bucket with Wringer
  • No press required
  • No metal or moving parts involved
  • Non-metal construction is ideal for institutions where safety is a concern
  • Provides more control over wetness of mop
  • Economical option
  • Ideal for smaller environments

To use, place the mop head in the funnel and twist. Keep twisting until you've reached the desired amount of saturation on your mop head. This wringer fits securely on top of the bucket for easy and efficient wringing.

Lavex Janitorial 36 Qt. Yellow Mop Bucket & Wringer Combo
  • Handle located on the side of the wringer
  • No bending or pulling required
  • Requires more pressure than down press

To use, stand behind the bucket, press the lever on the side of the wringer forward, and watch as excess water from the mop drains out and down into the bucket. The high handle allows for convenient and easy use.

Rubbermaid FG757900YEL WaveBrake® 35 Qt. Yellow Institutional Mop Bucket with Down Press Wringer
  • Handle located above the bucket
  • No bending or pulling required
  • Extremely effective at releasing water
  • Requires less pressure when using

To use, stand behind the bucket and press forward on the handle to force water out of mop. Down press wringers give you a lot of control over how much water is pushed out of the mop.

Metal vs. Plastic Wringers

Use a metal or plastic wringer to optimize your cleaning routine and get the most out of your mop bucket. They differ in construction, but both will allow you to quickly and easily remove water from your mop head while cleaning.

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Overview of Plastic Wringers

Plastic wringers are a more economical alternative than their metal counterparts. Their lighter-weight construction makes pushing a mop bucket around your establishments less burdensome on employees. Plus, they will never corrode or rust thanks to their chemical-resistant makeup. However, they may not last as long as metal wringers.

Overview of Metal Wringers

There are several types of metal wringers currently on the market. The most common include stainless steel and zinc. While more expensive than plastic, stainless steel wringers are more sanitary and boast a longer lifespan. Plus, stainless steel wringers are corrosion-resistant, although it's recommended to take caution when using metal wringers with extremely corrosive chemicals.

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Choose the Right Wringer and Mop Bucket for Your Establishment

Number Use
  • Ideal for small establishments with less square footage and minimal foot traffic
  • Great for daily cleaning such as handling spills in hallways or break rooms
  • Metal-free option for institutions such as healthcare or correctional facilities
  • Provides more power than a funnel-type wringer
  • Economical alternative to other press wringers
  • Ideal for larger businesses with more ground to cover or larger spills and messes
  • Great for larger establishments
  • Areas with high foot traffic are prone to more unexpected messes in need of immediate attention
  • Effective for handling heavy, commercial use
  • Ideal for institutions and restaurants subject to food safety and sanitation guidelines
  • Provides the most durability and power out of all the press wringers
  • Great for cleaning between meals, getting rid of large spills, outside contaminants, bodily fluids, and keeping kitchens sanitary

Q: How much square footage can each mop bucket cover?

Rubbermaid FG757788YEL WaveBrake® 35 Qt. Yellow Mop Bucket with Down Press Wringer

There is no set amount of square footage per gallon a mopping bucket will cover. Often, the determining factor is how dirty the water gets before needing changed.

There are several reasons why it's hard to estimate how much space can be cleaned before needing to refill your bucket with clean water. The larger the cleaning mop bucket, the more warm, soapy water there is to dilute the dirt and grime. However, a routine, low-risk cleaning will get more use out of water than a high-risk, or heavily soiled mess or spill. This is because you'll want to empty the bucket much sooner to avoid cross-contamination while cleaning up heavily soiled messes.

Rubbermaid FG757788BRN WaveBrake® 35 Qt. Brown Mop Bucket with Down Press Wringer

For smaller establishments, using too large of a bucket can cause unnecessary water waste. Plus, more water requires more cleaning solution, which is costly and inefficient. With smaller establishments, there is likely less distance needed to travel between water sources, which puts much less burden on the user when a water change is necessary.

Larger establishments typically see more day-to-day foot traffic, which allows for more outside contaminants or messes to occur. With larger area to cover, a higher-capacity bucket could allow the user to travel a longer distance before needing a water change. This, however, is still dependent on the type of cleaning being done and what type of mess is being cleaned up.

Cleaning Industry Color-Coding System

Lavex Janitorial 36 Qt. Red Mop Bucket & Wringer Combo

Red Mop Bucket

Use this mop for places with a higher risk of contamination and bacteria. This includes toilets and urinals.

Lavex Janitorial 36 Qt. Yellow Mop Bucket & Wringer Combo

Yellow Mop Bucket

Low-risk areas include the rest of the bathroom, such as below sinks and mirrors, or specialty areas such as labs and gyms.

Lavex Janitorial 36 Qt. Blue Mop Bucket & Wringer Combo

All-Purpose Cleaning
Blue Mop Bucket

Use this bucket for everyday areas including office floors, hallways, and day-to-day work areas.

Lavex Janitorial 36 Qt. Green Mop Bucket & Wringer Combo

Food Service
Green Mop Bucket

Dedicate this bucket to food service areas including the kitchen and behind the bar.

Lavex Janitorial Black 36 Qt. Mop Bucket & Wringer Combo

Front of House
Black/Gray Mop Bucket

Front of house areas of food establishments include lobbies, hallways, and offices.

Mop Wringer and Bucket Accessories

Although you have might the perfect mop bucket with wringer for your establishment, you need to consider the right accessories and cleaners to complete your cleaning process.

20 inch Pop-Up Safety Cone Wet Floor Sign

  • Wet Floor Sign - These allow you to alert other employees and guests of a possible slipping hazard. These signs give others notice when a floor is being cleaned so that they can avoid potential injury.
  • Wet Mop - Choose the best wet mop to meet the needs of your establishment. Use this wet mop buying guide to learn more about each type.
  • Mop Handle - Complete your wet mop with an appropriate mop handle depending on your preferred length, material and personal needs. Learn more with this types of mop handles buying guide.

Mopping Chemicals and Cleaners

It’s crucial to use the right floor cleaner with your mop bucket and wringer to get your floors clean, sanitized, and looking just like new.

Noble Chemical 2.5 Gallon / 320 oz. Step & Shine Floor Cleaner - 2/Case

  • Disinfectants - Use these products to disinfect, clean, and deodorize hard, non-porous surfaces in your hospital, medical office, healthcare facility, nursing home, restaurant, or school facility.
  • Cleaners - To maintain your floor’s shine and finish, use a cleaner. Cleaners eliminate day to day grime and dirt and can even dissolve ice melt while restoring your floor’s natural shine and luster.
  • All-Purpose Cleaner - Use an all-purpose cleaner for every day cleaning. Being both an odor eliminator and grease digester, this is ideal for food service areas in your bar or restaurants, schools, shower areas, hotels, and hospitals.

There are a number of combinations of hard floor cleaners to best meet the needs of your establishment. Take a look at these Hard Floor Cleaning Chemicals and Polishes for additional cleaning options to use with your mop bucket with wringer.

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