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This is a review of the Vileda Magic Mop which we now own two of firstly because we rate them highly as a good mop and secondly because I bought the full thing again instead of buying what I should have which was a replacement head as there is nothing wrong with the pole on the first one; the sponge was just getting a bit tired.
In our previous house, half of the ground floor was tiled in granite tiles which needed regular mopping to keep them buffed and shiny. We also had some areas upstairs like the bathroom and en suite that needed a good mop. We moved just over a year ago into a house that has an entrance hall, downstairs loo, kitchen and upstairs bathroom that we use the mop on. Oh, and a new utility room with cushion flooring (it's new so I haven't mopped that one yet!).
What's special about this one?
When I was a teenager I worked as a Saturday girl in a shop and we used a traditional mop to clean the floors. They were so dirty I don't think they made the floors any cleaner after mopping! The Vileda Magic Mop is far better for use in the home and for me the best feature is the push /pull wringer that works with squeeze action that makes the sponge not too wet to work with. The actual sponge is 3D grooved foam and has a non-scratch scrubber area on the ends of the sponge so you can work at any problem areas. The actual sponge is made from long-lasting foam so will do many cleans before it needs replacing.
How we do it
We use a liquid disinfectant mixed with hot water to clean our floors. We pour this in to an old washing up bowl (that we no longer use for washing up!) and the mop head fits in easily. Fully immersing the spongy mop head then using a pump action handle on the mop you can squeeze out the excess water to commence mopping. You can quickly see how effective the mop is or how dirty your floors were as the water grows quite filthy in the bowl and may need changing before you are finished. It's really easy to mop the floor and using the squeeze action helps the floor to dry quickly.
I paid £5.99 for this mop at B&M which seems to be the cheapest price out of anywhere. Generally, you can pick up the replacement heads for around £5 which is worth doing as the poles will last a longer time than the sponges.
I find the Vileda Magic Mop really easy to use and am quite a messy person with little patience so this takes out the hassle of using a mop on the floor. Obviously it needs to be used in conjunction with a product and we get peace of mind using Dettol disinfectant. I think it is more environmentally friendly than using cloths which you might throw away and the mop will last many months of use. I think the push pull wringer system which folds the sponge in half then straightens it out is excellent and makes the sponge damp and ready to clean without saturating the floor. The non scratch scrubber area on the mop is also useful for tackling any sticky bits that aren't shifted with the normal sponge.
Highly recommended although don't keep buying the full kit, just replace the sponge (unlike me!).
Vileda Magic Mop -
Mop with one head around £7.99
Replacement head around £2.75
I hate mopping as I tend to knock over the bucket, which generally ends up creating more mess than there was to start... As such I like to use what my brother lovingly refers to as the 'Man Mop'... As with all good mops it has a pole, and around 1/4 of the way up from the bottom there is a sliding cuff for want of a better word that make two bars roll down the sponge mop head to wring out water. This saves the need to have a mop bucket, and the need to try to force the water out with any kind of wringing motion...
The mop head itself is rather like a dish sponge in that it is spongy with a kind of scratchy side to it for stubborn stains. Now for the man bit of the mop - water being used to mop the floor can be held in any receptacle that will fit the mop head, for me this is a square bucket placed outside my back door - so that when I knock it over all I have to do is refill the bucket, and avoid stepping in the puddle. For my brother this means filling the kitchen sink, and using that (that's the man bit)...
I personally find this design of mop to be robust I have had the handle now for around 5 years, and very handy as it is easy to use. I tend to quickly spray any stubborn stains with a spray product before starting to mop up, which allows them to be loosened before attacking them with the 'scratchy' side of the mop head. This isn't strong enough to actually cause any damage to my lino floor as it is made of a plastic type material - that would probably be safe to use in teflon pans (not that you would the comparison is only for descriptive reasons). It would probably be useful on laminate floors as it can be wrung out well and can be made nice and 'dry' before use to avoid getting them too wet.
The mop heads themselves are easy to source and wear well. They are easy to replace and the mopping that can be done with them is better than average. I realise it will never be a pleasure to mop but this does at least make it easy, and as pain free a chore as it can be. I have never had issues with wringing this mop out, and the mop has never broken like other mops of similar design that I have used in the past.
I would highly recommend this mop to anyone, as it does it's job well.
I keep coming back to this mop, and although I am tempted to buy other new and exciting brands of mops, each time my Vileda expires, I replace it with a new Vileda.
We have vinyl floors at home and I have found I can apply quite a bit of pressure while mopping and the Vileda can withstand the strain. I usually fill up a kitchen or bathroom sink, pour in a capful or two of floor cleaner and dunk the mop head in. The Vileda mop head is small enough to fit into most sinks, whereas I have found other mop heads a bit too large to dunk in sinks, and I end up splashing water all over the place.
The only difficult bit is that I often find the handle a bit stiff to operate at first. One of my elderly neigbours couldn't squeeze her new Vileda Mop head and asked me if I could do it for her.
The mop heads last quite a long time, and I always know when it is time to buy a new one when the blue sponge in the middle starts to disintegrate and looks like it has been eaten by mice.
The only floors I don't like to use it on is non slip wet floor showers, as the uneven floor surface seems too rough for the mop and I find lots of little bits of blue Vileda Sponge on the floor when I have finished mopping.
We've been using the Vileda magic mop for several years, before I bought this I relied on the old fashioned traditional mop and bucket, or a cloth on my knees using some elbow grease. However having had the dubious pleasure of developing not one but two hernias over the last few years grovelling around on the floor became less convenient, and the old fashioned mop just seemed too wet and time consuming. I hadn't seen any advertising for this particular Vileda mop I just liked the look of it.
I don't often start a review with a negative on a product that I find generally very good but the defining element about my use of this mop is the difficulty I've had finding replacement heads over the years. I can rarely find them in my local supermarkets, when they do make a brief appearance I would like to be able to buy them in bulk to last me during the inevitable mop head famine to come. However at around the £4 mark I can rarely afford to buy more than one at the most two at a time. This led this week to me having to buy a whole new mop. I'd already been keeping my eyes peeled for a new head for 6 months! After the mucky month of December where my kitchen floor resembles a battleground I was really feeling the lack of a mop. Our kitchen and bathroom are the only rooms which have a tile floor, but the kitchen is fairly large (but galley type) at 28ft long and 7 wide so my hernia was not best pleased at all the bending and crawling about I was doing. In the end we caved in and bought a whole new mop. It may sound stupid to go for the same one again knowing the difficulty we have sourcing replacement heads but that just proves I guess how much I like this mop. This may be a local issue and not a difficulty you will experience out of the notoriously disorganised Swansea, LLanelli, Carmarthen triangle.
I have tried one other mop (sponge flat head) during my 6 month search for the Vileda replacement head but during that time the manufacturers of the other mop altered the design so we would have had to buy a new mop to fit the new head design anyway! At least the Vileda has remained enough the same over the years (with few tweaks such as a more pronounced cleaning angle now) that the heads still fit the handle. I have done a quick search looking for online sources of the replacement heads and have found it difficult to find any where the mop head costs less (or significantly less) than the whole mop does in a supermarket. However I've just found it on Wilkinson's website for £3.65 you can order and pick up in store for just the cost of the head or pay a whopping £4.95 delivery.
The mop handle is red, and has a grip near the bottom of the handle which you push downwards to operate the squeeze function, this pushes 'rollers' either side of the head over the mop squeezing out the excess water, I think I've seen this somewhere referred to as a shotgun action which tickled me and I rather like the idea of. As you pull the grip back the sponge should bounce back to its ergonomically shaped soft wedge shape. There is an absorbent piece of what looks like jay cloth backing one side of the wedge, and a nylon scouring section on the front 'side' the wedge is composed of a sponge like material.
The rollers won't budge if you try and push them over the sponge before it's wet, and it does take a little effort to move them even once it is soaked. I think this is a good thing as I don't want them to just slip over the sponge and not wring out enough of the liquid. Although there is resistance it's not a chore or too difficult for even the most feeble amongst us to manage.
As is normal for this kind of artificial sponge it doesn't soak through immediately and takes a little while to reach a proper saturation for efficient cleaning. I usually use the squirt on mop off type floor cleaners, but will use any type of cleaning product from soda crystals to at a pinch a weak solution of washing up liquid rinsed off with hot water and a dash of vinegar. The mop works well with all these cleaning products and does a good job of getting off fairly stubborn dirt.
I don't get problems with things like plasticine any more as the girls are well out of that stage, or motor oil as there are no motor enthusiasts in the house but I do get dollops of cat food dried onto the tiles overnight, or the occasional kitchen disaster like dropping a hot roasting tin with oil and sploshing it all over the floor. The mop deals with the oil as well as any similar product would that kind of spill is more about the cleaning solution and method rather than the mop. The fossilised cat food is another matter, what is in that stuff!? The mop won't usually deal with that on it's own even using the scouring side, and it usually takes a knife or similar to chisel the bloomin' stuff off.
The mop is very lightweight and easy to manoeuvre and the fairly recent change to a more pronounced angle does make for easier and quicker handling (25% quicker so the cardboard carton that covers the head claims). The head is not large which means it can get into some places which a big flat head sponge can't. However it is deep so on the flip side it also can't easily get into some places a flatter sponge could such as under my free standing work top, which has a 'shelf' only a few inches above the floor. Also as with all mops of this type it cant easily get tight in to fiddly bits, such as around the fridge doors and legs of the aforementioned free standing work thingy. Which means that a cloth has to be employed for the finishing step.... well it does if we are having visitors, I don't bother every time otherwise.
The blurb on the mop claims that the foam is extra absorbent and tear resistant, I would agree that it is tear resistant as the other make of flat head mop that I tried did tear during the normal wear of everyday use. However the other mop was also a little more absorbent than the Vileda, and although you do get a fairly dry clean with the Magic Mop I wouldn't say significantly more so than other modern types of mop. This kind of mop I would imagine is very good for laminate flooring as you are not supposed to get that too wet. I don't find my magic mop hugely absorbent for cleaning up spills, perhaps it is because the head area in contact with the floor is relatively small, but for instance when my daughter spilt a half pint glass of squash on the floor it took several sweeps and three or more 'wringing outs' to clear the spill.
Any dirt rinses very easily out of the mop head and it stays looking quite clean for some time. I do try to keep my mop head going as long as possible (mainly due to the difficulty I've had sourcing replacements), and sterilise it quite often after use in Milton type fluid or other disinfectant. As I use it until it can't be used any more I have noticed how it degrades, and with us the spongy bit starts to turn to mush and disintegrate leaving me with two flapping bits of cloth and scouring pad... of course I don't use it in this state, a little before it reaches this stage when there is still some usable sponge hanging on is when the trusty old cloth or 'Dougal' mop comes out until I can find a new head for my Vileda. Each mop head lasts me between 2-3 months.
Changing the head is easy, just unscrew the handle until it disengages from the head and slide the mop out sideways, then repeat in reverse to attach the new head.
When storing after use as I'm sure you realise it's best not to rest it on its head as it will dry out of shape and this can become a permanent 'deformity' and lead to the head being less effective in use and wearing out more quickly. Because the mop has to be stored head up it pays to get it as dry as possible before putting away, as I've often noticed water mark streaks on my wall where it has been put to rest, even though I thought the head was pretty dry.
My latest purchase cost £7.50 from Tesco which seems about average on the high street, you can often also find these mops in little local 'ironmonger' type places which is where I bought my first one. A good mop that I go back to time and time again.
I like to replace my mop heads every few months because they are a breading ground for germs and having small children and dogs running around i like my house to be as clean and germ free as my son is now crawling and often picks food he has dropped of the floor to eat.
I usually buy vileda refills for my mop but they are quite expensive, this time i bought a new vilida mop the magic mop, i had not tried this type of mop before so i decided to take a risk and try it. I bought it from my local iron mongers for £7.50 and the refills for the mop cost £3.99. It can be bought at most super markets for around the same price.
The magic flat mop comes with the usual vileda red long pole, the pole is a good size even for my rather tall husband and is made from hard plastic and is strong. The pole is comfortable to grip for long periods of time. The magic mop clips onto the bottom of the mop pole and is easy to remove to replace with the refill. The magic mop has a flat sponge base that has grooves along the sponge to remove stains without much effort. It folds in the middle when you pull the handle at the bottom of the pole towards you, this drains the water from the sponges to use again. It works well on laminate flooring, tiles, and other floorings.
I will now only use this mop and buy refills for it when they need replaced, i found the mop flat head to cover large areas better and quicker to clean compared to using a standard. The sponge is hard wearing and does not fall apart at all, the groves make it much easy to trap and picks up crumbs and dirt. My floors look so much cleaner since i have been using this mop, my floors also dry quicker as you can drain alot of water off. I have had nothing but positive experiences since using this mop and will continue to buy the magic mop as vileda is a brand i trust and makes house work much less like hard work.
5 dooyoo stars from me
About Vileda Magic Mop
This review is about the Vileda Magic Mop. The first thing you have to realise is that you can't use the refill without actually purchasing the mop itself! The reason I purchased this mop, is that I used to clean the floors with a single disposable clean damp cloth but after a while I found that using a cloth was too time consuming because it taking me over two hours to cover all the floors.
I have been using the Vileda Magic Mop for one year now and one Vileda Magic Mop Refill lasts about 3 months. The Vileda Magic Mop Refill is made of thick spongy material and the dust/dirt is picked up on the edges of the mop. It is excellent for picking up loose stands of hair! The mop itself is about 5 feet tall. To change the refill, you have pull the top part of the pole of the mop towards you and the teeth of the mop will then open for you to change the refill. I have found that the mop is in excellent working condition after one year and accepts the new refill with ease. Every time I insert a Vileda Magic Mop Refill, the mop feels like brand new. The refill picks up all kinds of dirt like hair, crumbs etc. Its amazing how it picks up all the dust and dirt! I usually give the refill a wash after every five minutes of cleaning. You can also wring out the dirt but pulling the mop handle towards you and the mop refill sponge will be squeezed to release the dirty water. If you continuously use the mop like I do, I don't think one refill will last more than three months and the cleaning will be less effective if you continue with the same refill and it will pick up less dirt and the refill will start to smell and break apart from the mop!
This year I have purchased two Vileda Magic Mops and eight Vileda Magic Mop Refills. I am currently using one mop for the kitchen and one mop for the laminate flooring in the front room. I don't like to mix the two mops as the refill used in the kitchen tends to be more oily due to grease from cooking and I don't like this to be transferred to the laminate flooring so I brought a separate mop for the front room and the laminate flooring is shining after using this !
Value for Money
The Vileda magic mop refill costs £3.12 in Wilkinson. The magic mop costs £7.14. As mentioned earlier, we have two of these so that total amount we spend in a year on Vileda is £39.24 ( for two mops and eight refills). This is definitely value for money for me, because I clean the floor every day because my daughter is only two and I like the floor to be extremely clean all the time.
I would definitely recommend the Vileda Magic Mop as it is an excellent option for fast and effective floor cleaning.
I am a self confessed clean freak. I love poring over the cleaning pages of catalogues like Betterware (even though I rarely order anything) and if you show me a cool (but sensible and logical) gimmick for cleaning then I'm yours. That's pretty much how I felt when I first saw these mops. The sponge head, the scrubby bit, the wringing action, it was all so exciting! There was only one thing for it. I had to make it mine in all its bright red and spongy glory.
I paid just under a tenner for my Vileda Magic Mop from a Focus store about a year ago. The first time I used it I was delirious. It was easy and felt like it was cleaning the floors much better than a cloth mop; I love the downward pressure you can put on these, and with the increased floor contact due to the flat head, it really does work. Removing stubborn marks was effortless compared to my old cloth mop. They leave the floors relatively dry too (though I dry mine with an old towel as I'm too impatient to wait and I detest footprints).
There is a strip of coarser white sponge along the leading edge of the head, this is for extra scrubbing power! I love this feature, it's easy and comfortable to maneuver the mop to use it and it really makes short work of dried on marks. You can even flip it upside down to use the plastic to scrape as well, but not too hard mind and careful you don't damage your particular flooring. The wringing action is simple and very effective, all you do is push against the protruding section on the handle, down near the head and this folds the sponge n half, pushing excess water out. The handle itself is pretty long, and I find this really helps save me getting an aching back. It even has a little hookable bit on the end, so you can hang it up if you so wish.
I do have a couple of grumbles though, namely the price of replacement heads. I feel they are so expensive, even though they do last a fairly long time. It just seems like an awful lot to put out for a mop head. The best price I've seen them locally was in an independent shop and they were £6.50 each. I couldn't help comparing this to a Tesco own brand sponge mop I saw, the same basic idea as this but it had a lever action wring feature, the mop itself was about £4 and the replacement heads were £2.50 each. If I'd seen that before buying the Vileda I would have bought it instead to be honest! I'm not a brand slave in the slightest, it was the wring action and sponge head that sold the Vileda to me, and the Tesco one had the same features.
Another thing, is the staying power of the extra coarse scrubby strip. I have found this tears and detaches really easily (or am I just too obsessively rough?) which is a shame as it works so well when the head is new. I have also had the entire sponge break off from a couple of the plastic clips that hold it on the mop itself. This was extremely irritating as the head wasn't finished otherwise but this wasn't salvageable. I must admit though, there is a strong possibility I'm just a bit 'hash bash'. My darling fiance has accused me of similar on more than one occasion (usually regarding Dawn style DIY), and I am very like my mother. Come to think of it.....
Apart from when things like the above happen though, the heads stay in place perfectly; the clips are snug and changing the head isn't the easiest of tasks, but far better than being loose. Further to my tightwad tendencies, another winning credit to this mop is the fact you don't need a specialist bucket. Any old 99p hardware shop bucket will do.
Overall, I would say this mop is fantastic. It is easily wipe clean, simple and effective to use and, despite me, pretty robust. Apart from the issues I have had with the heads, the mop still looks like new (after a wipe), it's not dented or scratched or anything. I would have went cheaper if I saw a suitable alternative beforehand, but I didn't. I still have 2 spare heads in the cupboard (£2.75 each in a closing down sale) so until then, yes it certainly is magic.
We have lots of linoleum in our house and a wet room so a mop is somewhat of a necessity for us. About a year ago our mop that we'd had for years completely gave up and I couldn't avoid replacing it any longer! Vileda is a name I'd heard a lot of good things about but never actually had any experience of, I also liked the idea of the wringing action of this mop as in theory this should prevent the lino getting too wet and make drying the wet room easier.
Vileda say that this mop has an angled head which allows for more floor contact, it scrubs and dries the floor and absorbs water - quite how absorbing water is different to drying I'm not sure. Anyway, they also claim that the foam the mop is made of is "tear resistant" which should mean that the mop head should last longer.
The mop itself is made of red plastic, just below half way down the handle is a slightly protruding circle. This is the part that you slide up and down in order to wring out the mop. The mop head is mainly blue sponge with a thin white scrubbing part and a thin cloth on the other side of the sponge. I'm not entirely sure why the cloth is there, it looks just like a multi-purpose household cloth and it's not going to be very useful in drying since there's no way to avoid getting it wet with the rest of the mop.
As you insert this into a bucket of water the sponge and all other parts of the mop absorb the water well. You then need to wring the mop head out to ensure that it is as dry as possible. This is done by sliding the lower part of the handle down and then back up. When you're using a new mop head this is very stiff to move and could cause a problem to those with poor mobility in their hands/arms. However, with repeated use this becomes much easier and eventually becomes no problem at all. The only thing that is worth pointing out here is that you do need to wring out the sponge at least twice in order to ensure that all water is removed since the sponge is still quite wet after the first squeeze and as the sponge gets older you may need even more then two squeezes but as you use the mop more you do learn to tell when the sponge is dry enough to use.
Running this over the floor is easy, it doesn't stick or feel like it's dragging at all even over uneven or sticky floors. The scrubber works well at removing stains and the mop is easy to turn on its side in order to use a corner of the scrubber for the most stubborn stains. I've never had any problems in removing dirt and grime when using this mop and I've never felt that the floor is too wet which proves to me that the wringing action works. It does come up damp, but not wet. It also works fairly well at mopping up spills, when trying to use this to dry the wet room I simply run this over the floor and then wring it out into the bucket, whilst this works to a degree it does seem to struggle if the floor is very wet and it won't dry the floor completely so not the best choice if this is what you want it for.
Height wise, I'm 5'7" and find that the handle is just about the right height for me, if a little on the short side and so I don't think that it would be long enough for anyone taller then me, especially when it comes to wringing the mop out as this action is fairly low on the handle to start with. (According to the Morrisons website the actual height is 138cm)
I bought my mop from Morrisons for £7.14 and mop head refills are £3.12. The mop heads themselves last around 6months when used every 1-2 days, although I do tend to use it until it literally falls apart on me so you may need to replace them slightly more often if you prefer them in slightly better condition but then I guess for £3.12 you could forgive that. I have also seen these mops for sale in ASDA's at a very similar price so it's worth shopping around.
Recommendation wise I'm going to give these 4 out of 5 stars, losing a star due to the fact the sponge disintegrates so quickly. That said it is a good mop and easily removes even the most stubborn stains so I am recommending it.
One product that I couldn't live without is my mop, with me having laminate flooring throughout the entire ground floor space, I find (especially with two children too!), that the necessity to mop at least once a day is essential.
Now I had been advised that when mopping laminate flooring, rather than the linoleum I had to ensure that the mop head used had the ability to squeeze as much water out as possible, as if mopped with a very wet head there was always the chance of the water bowing the wood in the floor, also with having kids in the house being unable to walk on a wet floor for any length of time is purgatory!
After a quick perusal when shopping I found that the best looking one, and the better branded one too, was the "vileda magic mop" which not only had a mechanism for squeezing water from the head itself (via the handle), but also had an angled head for easier and more effective cleaning, with it even going as far as boasting "25% faster cleaning" and a scrubby strip, perfect (if you have flooring like this in your kitchen!), to get coffee grains off the floor, I never realised how hard they set onto the floor, they are like concrete!
To start with I did buy the handle and head together, though you can buy either part separately, but due to there being an offer on all cleaning products at Asda last week I managed to get the handle and head, with me only paying the price of the head....bargain!
The set is easy to set up, with you simply inserting the head between the squeezy rollers, and screw the threaded end up into the handle, then you are ready to start.
When I first tried it I was happy with the use and finished results, the mop initially was a little stiff to use, due to the rollers needing breaking in and the sponge part of the head being still very full, so after a few roller squeezes the sponge compacted enough to make the squeezing element much easier.
The method of using the rollers to extract water from the head is all located on the handle of the mop, easy to reach and even easier to use, with it simply being part a tube over the top of the handle, and it being a push me pull me mechanism.
The angled element of the head again makes this a much easier mop to use, the head seems to pick most of the loose dirt up on the first brush, with more stubborn stains taking much less scrubbing than with previous mops owned, the scrubby part is again a life saver, with you simply flipping the mop over to access the scrubby strip.
After squeezing the mop out you will find it is probably still a little too wet to use on laminate flooring, so a second squeeze is essential, and after that you will find that you are effectively damp mopping the floor, but it is still enough to clean the floor completely.
Downsides...well due to the head being a sponge it will end up disintegrating much faster than any other type of mop head, and also it can sometimes leave a streaky effect on the floor, though I have found that does depend on the detergent used and also if you mop against the grain or with it!
Price wise this is available for £4.97 from www.asda.com, which for how long it lasts for is good value, with me being able to keep the head for around 6 weeks of use.
For more information visit - www.vileda.com
This is a good mop head that I will keep using, recommended!
Thanks for reading x