Asked on Jan 12, 2017

Help With My Swiffer Mop Please!

Gloria S
by Gloria S

The slots on my swiffer mop are stretched & when I mop , the pad won't stay on good!! Still plenty of life left in this one, & hate to have to buy a new one ! "I tried putting rubber bands on it but then it doesn't want to glide across the floor !!Anyone have any ideas ??

  36 answers
  • Michelle Michelle on Jan 12, 2017
    I use washcloths for mine, buy a bunch from the dollar and I keep in a pail once I have enough to wash I clean them up/reuse
    • RMLASHUA RMLASHUA on Jan 12, 2017
      I put several pads on about 6, one at a time and they stays on. The Swiffer works better also.
  • Gloria S Gloria S on Jan 12, 2017
    U mean use the w.cloths instead of pads ? That's a good idea but...I bought a 3 pack of swifter pads from Sams & still have over 2 packs ! Need to use them up then..u have give me an idea !! Thanks !!
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    • Rose Maloney Rose Maloney on Jan 14, 2017


  • Olivia mullen Olivia mullen on Jan 13, 2017
    use fluffy socks
  • Marj MRC Creations Marj MRC Creations on Jan 13, 2017
    To use up those Swiffer pads, maybe use them for dusting instead of mopping..? Then you can use these other ideas for the mop instead.
  • Kathy Kathy on Jan 13, 2017
    I also use towels on my Swiffer-like tool....I fold them around the base, then secure them with pony tail holders....the kind made from elastic with a fabric-like feel, not plain rubber bands. The covered pony tail holders do not grab the floor and they glide smoothly across my hard floors. You can get a bunch of the holders for little money at the dollar store, and just throw them away when they lose their stretch. I use old towels, and just wash when they get dirty from use.
  • Gloria S Gloria S on Jan 13, 2017

    Thanks for the ideas everyone !! Never would have thought of all these great ideas!! Now I can still get some more life out of that old swiffer mop !! Have a blessed day !!

  • Sally Cochrane Sally Cochrane on Jan 14, 2017

    Instead of using the regular Swifter clothes, cut pieces of fleece fabric to size. Not only are they thicker they are reusable. Just do not use fabric softener when washing them

  • Karen Reilly Karen Reilly on Jan 14, 2017

    I use micro fiber cloths from the auto department, buy different colors for different things I use bright blue in my kitchen and they clean up everything a bit of soap on one of these things and your hood is clean. Doesn't scratch either. I am currently trying micro fiber dish cloths now to see what they are like.

    • Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson on Jan 15, 2017

      These microfiber cloths are available at Dollar Tree for just a $1. They are larger than the Swiffer base so you can use velcro strips to attach them to your mop. The velcro is available at the same store or by the roll at WalMart. Attach a piece to your mop, one to your cloth and voila!

  • Renee Vlna Renee Vlna on Jan 14, 2017

    I have a Shark, and it uses velcro. Put a a couple strips on the bottom and match to the swiffer or make some spare ones. You can even just put velcro circles on the corners.

  • Marcia Marcia on Jan 14, 2017

    cut up old cotton underware or t shirts

  • Gail Gail on Jan 14, 2017

    If you can crochet, there is a very simple pattern to replace the store bought covers.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jan 15, 2017

    Can you glue parts of it closed and then stick the pad in under area that you glued try duct tape first and if making holes smaller then maybe stick with duck tape.

  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Jan 15, 2017

    Sew SNAPS onto your pads (if they're cloth) & just snap'em on. OR sew in some tie strings to tie around the mop AND to the pole in the center. Those would be the cheapest way to fix it.

  • Kay Moore Kay Moore on Jan 15, 2017

    Put a thick sock on it! Works for me and don't have to buy the cloths.

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    • Grandmasue10 Grandmasue10 on Jan 16, 2017

      Great idea! I was going to say pin a small towel or some kind of terry cloth around it.

  • Jane R. Jane R. on Jan 15, 2017

    Kay beat me to it. That's what I was going to say. You can buy them at a dollar store.

  • Pro15943974 Pro15943974 on Jan 15, 2017

    If you must use the stiffer cloths, stick old small pieces of clothing in addition to the stiffer cloths.

    • Karen James-Preston Karen James-Preston on Feb 10, 2022

      That’s a good idea since the reason for the “grips” not working is because I tried DIY ads from cloth & it stretched the grips & made them too flexible to hold thin pads.

  • Who5349983 Who5349983 on Jan 15, 2017

    I suggest using hand towels. They are thicker and washable.

  • Rhonda Hadsall Clark Rhonda Hadsall Clark on Jan 15, 2017

    How about a small cork pushed in on top of your swiffer cloth in each hole?

  • Sierra82 Sierra82 on Jan 15, 2017
    I like to buy microfiber wash cloths or dish rags at the dollar store. I cut them to size for the pad. Because they are thicker and you can push more fabric in them it works. I think the microfibers do pick up more dirt.
  • Lorlq Lorlq on Jan 16, 2017

    I don't know which of my many different kind of floor care items I got this with but it is an elastic ringed white terry cloth cover(like a shower cap) that I fit over the shark steam mop head I have. I hate those thin stick on things for swifers and shark mops it works great and I can see how much dirt I get. I take it off rinse it off and finish the floor no going over the floor with previous dirt .then throw it in the wash If you can't buy one, make one or two out of a terry cloth towel to exact fit. I have purchased all of the New glitzy things that look so easy miracle mops spin mop and this thing is the best. The shark steamer is the best and they keep making them better and better. I have a huge kitchen /dining room floor of hardwood After eight years and dogs cats kids it still looks new and shiny!!!! I hate the mop heads heavy and hard to replace and I don't care how they say they are clean(even after washing them in the washer) they aren't and this is light enough to take off, rinse and squeeze out in the sink I have arthritis in my hands and I can do it Sorry for such a long post !!

  • Carol Carol on Jan 16, 2017

    Go ahead and use your normal pad. But then just tear four pieces of paper towel and jam into the slots. Because the slots have lost their resiliency you just need to take up some of the slack.

  • Ksw17631118 Ksw17631118 on Jan 16, 2017

    Shop towel's from Sams will overlap,works for floors and walls. Wash and you are ready for next time!

  • Dee Dee on Jan 16, 2017

    Use wash cloths they fit perfectly and are washable. If you have some old towels you can cut them to fit.

  • Janet Janet on Jan 16, 2017

    Instead of cork, how about pieces cut from an inexpensive sponge.

  • Day2311501 Day2311501 on Jan 17, 2017

    Use self sticking Velcro.

  • Cas11635894 Cas11635894 on Jan 17, 2017

    Use sponge ear plugs.

  • Julia mcgrath Julia mcgrath on Jan 17, 2017

    i crocheted a cover for mine

  • Renee Vlna Renee Vlna on Jan 18, 2017

    You could also call the company and see how much 4 new little holders would cost.

  • Irene Gronewald Irene Gronewald on Jan 21, 2017

    with out checkin` other comments...i would jam a cotton ball or lint sheets..kleenex into slots to make a tighter fit for cleaning cloth

  • Dfm Dfm on Jan 21, 2017

    i use micro fiber wash cloths on my swiffer mop. i take the eraser end of a pencil to tuck it in to my stretched out grippy holes. the micro fiber may stain, but it holds lots of dirt. its also quick to dry.

  • Linda Williams Linda Williams on Jun 27, 2019

    For those of you who use wash cloths or other items instead of the Swiffer cloths, what do you use instead of the liquid cleaner that is in them?

  • Sue in wy Sue in wy on Jul 04, 2019

    PS.Not an answer to your question, but I accidentally threw a swiffer cloth in the washer with my other rags. Turned out fine. Now I use them four or five times before they start to fall apart. I've used bits of rags to stuff into the stretched out holes in the swiffer head.

  • Linda Williams Linda Williams on Jul 04, 2019

    Thank you Sue. I will have to try this!

  • TINY TINY on Feb 10, 2020

    I just bought a box of 54 wet Swiffer pads and they are too short for this mop. Is there a smaller mop? I opened and cannot take back to Costco. I tried using but cannot keep on, keep falling off. Any suggestions if I cannot find a smaller mop?

    • Becky Sievers Becky Sievers on Feb 07, 2021

      Costco will generally accept anything back, even if you've opened it. I've known people who have taken back produce because it wasn't as fresh as they wanted. Maybe you can try?

  • Pat Pat on Feb 10, 2020

    Swifters come in two sizes....I prefer the shorter size.