How Do Rotary Mops Clean Better Than Manual Mops?

Sep 29, 2022 | Narwal Robot
How Do Rotary Mops Clean Better Than Manual Mops?

Utilizing a high-speed rotary motor that creates friction and lifts dirt, rotary mops have revolutionized the cleaning industry. But not all rotary mops are created the same, as some merely push the dirt around rather than lifting it up. Let's look at some of the ways that motorized rotary mops, like the Narwal T-10, stack up against a traditional manual mop.

How do rotary mops clean floors?

Rotary mops clean using the same principle as a mechanical rotary toothbrush: a rotary motor spins brush pads at high speeds and creates friction. These brush pads have hundreds of durable bristles which create friction with surfaces, filling every nook and cranny, and lifting hard-to-reach dirt out.

Mopping is a mixture of chemistry–the cleaning solution that you use to clean your floors– and physics–the force of friction you apply to the surface to lift dirt. Although other types of mops can apply some downward force, rotary mops use oscillating bristles to apply equal pressure along a large diameter of cleaning space.

 Manual mops versus rotary mops

Wet mopping with a manual mop and bucket cannot create as much friction as a rotary mop. The painstaking task of using a mop and bucket can't match the power of motorized rotary mops. Even manual spin mops, which twist with each push, are only a little more effective than manual mops.

The triangular mop pads on the Narwal T10 spin three times per second, whipping through tough stains and dirt. This high-powered motor allows the T10 to clean floors effectively.

How the Narwal T10 stacks up against other rotary mops

Whether you're using a manual spin mop or a motorized rotary mop, using a rotary mop can create a whole mess of issues when it comes to cross-contamination. Although spin mops create more friction, they may also disperse dirty water over a larger area than simple push mops. The problem lies with the design of the mops themselves, and not the function of the rotary action.

What type of water are you cleaning with?

Some rotary mops collect dirt and debris, pushing around dirty water. What you end up doing is spreading around dirt and bacteria.

But the Narwal T10 uses a specialized dock that rinses the pads with fresh soapy water with every cycle of your floors. It only takes 75 seconds for the T-10 to dock up, spray clean all leftover dirt, and remove the dirty water through a nozzle at the bottom of the dock to be stored in a special dirt water compartment.

Unlike other spin mops, you're not pushing around dirty water, and the T10 automatically detects when it's too dirty to continue. And once it's done being cleaned, it returns to its route at the place that it left off with fresh pads ready to sanitize and clean.

The magic is in the triangular mopping pads

Another advantage of the T10 is the triangular mop heads, which reach farther into corners and other hard-to-reach places that other robot vacuums and mops have issues with. In fact, these pads cover 30% more surface area than the competitors, and more surface area translates into more friction and cleaning power. In addition to this, the T-10 applies 10N of force in downward pressure to clean surfaces.


Rotary mops provide superior mopping ability when compared to manual mops. The T-10 is the pinnacle of motorized mopping technology, using a high-speed rotary motor that spins triangular mop heads three times per second with 10N of downward force. The Narwal T-10 will make quick work of your mopping chores.

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