A mop is a textile mounted on a handle used in cleaning. It is generally used for cleaning floors. To clean a floor, the mop is soaked in a bucket of water, into which some cleaning solution has usually been added, and swept against the floor surface. This bucket includes a wringer to strain excess water from the mop, to control the amount of water transferred to the floor.
Government Printing Office The Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1895)
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