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How To: Use a Swiffer to Clean Floors (and So Much More)

Follow these tips to keep your floors—and the rest of your house—sparkling clean. 
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Swiffer Sweepers hit the market in 1999 and have become a staple in many homes around the world in the years since. While there are a number of different models available, the Swiffer Sweeper 2-in-1 Dry and Wet Multi Surface Floor Cleaner is perhaps the most versatile of the brand’s offerings because it functions as both a broom and a mop, cleaning up dry and wet messes alike. Read on to learn how to use a Swiffer properly and how to get the most out of this multifunctional product.


Here we explain how to use the Swiffer Sweeper 2-in-1 Dry and Wet Multi Surface Floor Cleaner. Instructions vary for the brand’s other models, such as the Swiffer WetJet, which is a spray mop that requires a cleaning solution.

You can use the Swiffer Sweeper on any type of finished floor, including hardwood, laminate, tile, and vinyl. It’s not compatible with carpeting, unfinished wood flooring, or unfinished tile.

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STEP 1: Assemble the Swiffer Sweeper extension pole. 

Swiffer Sweeper kits come packaged in several parts and require assembly. But putting the Sweeper together is a breeze and takes only a minute or two. Each package includes a 360-degree swiveling head, a three-part pole, and an easy-grip handle.

Snap the first piece of the pole into the head and then snap in each additional piece. Finally, snap the handle onto the top of the pole. Now you’re ready to attach a sweeping cloth.

STEP 2: Attach a dry cloth and sweep up loose debris. 

For sweeping up dust, pet hair, and other debris, use a dry cloth. Swiffer makes two kinds of dry cloths: Dry Sweeping Cloths and Heavy-Duty Dry Sweeping Cloths. Both styles are textured in order to pick up and trap dirt, but with its thicker pad and 30,000 fibers, the heavy-duty version is two times as effective as the standard Dry Sweeping Cloth.

Push the cloth of your choice into the corner grippers to secure it in place, and you’re ready to start sweeping. The 360-degree swiveling head makes it easy to sweep in corners and around furniture. When you’re finished, remove the cloth and throw it in the trash. You can even try machine-washing the cloths on gentle cycle after placing them in a mesh laundry bag. They should be durable enough to hold up through multiple washes. For an even more eco-friendly option, reduce waste by using thin microfiber cloths that are washable and reusable.

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STEP 3: Attach a wet cloth and go over the entire floor.

With the Swiffer Sweeper, you can skip the mop and bucket and instead use a wet cloth for spills, stains, and stuck-on gunk. Depending on the task at hand, choose either a Swiffer Sweeper Wet Mopping Cloth or a Swiffer Sweeper Wet Heavy-Duty Mopping Cloth. Attach the cloth by securing it into the grippers on the Sweeper’s head. Because the wet cloths leave floors slightly damp, it’s best to start in one corner of the room and work backward to prevent yourself from stepping in wet areas.

Both the wet and dry cloths are reversible, allowing you to get twice as much use out of them.

STEP 4: Use the scrubber edge of the wet cloth to clean stubborn spots.

Swiffer’s wet cloths feature a green scrubbing strip that is designed for getting rid of hard-to-remove stains. Flip the mop head downward and use the scrubber edge to rub at the spill or stain until it’s gone. When you’re done, your floors will look as clean as the day they were installed.

Other Brilliant Uses for Your Swiffer Sweeper

While Swiffers are marketed primarily as floor cleaners, they actually have a number of other uses. Consider grabbing a Swiffer for one of the following tasks:

  • Cleaning walls before painting
  • Dusting shelves with the dry cloths
  • Removing cobwebs on the ceiling
  • Cleaning plant leaves with the dry cloths
  • Dusting light fixtures
  • Cleaning mildew from kitchen and bathroom ceilings
  • Dusting your car’s interior
  • Cleaning lint out of the dryer
  • Cleaning blinds with a handheld dry cloth
  • Dusting ceiling fans

Now that you know everything a Swiffer Sweeper is capable of, it’s time to get cleaning! If you stick to these steps, you’ll have every nook and cranny of your home looking like you hired a professional.

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