Mop handles can house bacteria that cause odors, stains, and create a harmful environment for the user if not properly maintained. Prohibit the growth of bacteria with a model that has an antimicrobial layer of protection. It is wise to wash mop heads frequently or purchase mop heads that are disposable after use. By doing this, the chances of bacteria growth are minimized. Handles with reusable mop heads should be hung and left to dry in a ventilated area. If there is no ventilation, a wet mop will stay wet and harmful bacteria will begin to grow. If this happens, do not bleach the mop handle, frame, or head, as this can cause erosion and shorten the lifespan of the entire mop. Instead, thoroughly clean the mop with soap and water. If bacteria or mold growth is clearly visible, you may want to dispose of the mop. Cleaning your mops after every use is a sure way of increasing their longevity.