What Is This Little Floor Sink For?

A mop sink, also known as a utility sink, butler’s sink or service sink, is a specialized type of sink used for filling and emptying buckets, rinsing mops, and other cleaning-related tasks. Older homes were fitted with these type of sinks with cool fixtures representative of the time period.

Today, mop sinks are typically found in commercial and institutional settings, such as restaurants, janitorial closets, hospitals, schools, and industrial facilities. They serve several important purposes:

  • Mop Bucket Filling and Emptying: Mop sinks are designed with a deep basin that can accommodate the large buckets used for mopping. They make it convenient to fill these buckets with water and cleaning solutions and to empty them when the water becomes dirty.
  • Mop Rinse: After mopping a floor, the mop head may need to be rinsed to remove dirt and cleaning agents. Mop sinks provide a dedicated location for this task, keeping the rest of the facility clean and sanitary.
  • Cleaning Tools and Supplies: Mop sinks are also used for cleaning and maintaining mop handles, heads, and other equipment. They offer a space for rinsing and cleaning tools and supplies like brooms and brushes.
  • Preventing Cross-Contamination: Mop sinks help prevent cross-contamination by segregating cleaning tasks from food preparation or other sensitive areas. They are usually located in areas separate from food service or preparation areas.
  • Large Item Washing: In some cases, mop sinks are used for washing larger items that can’t be accommodated in a regular sink, such as floor squeegees, buckets, or other cleaning equipment.

Can I get One?

Although the sink pictured in this article is vintage, you may be able to find it on Ebay. As an alternative, any good plumber could install a modern version. Try doing a search on Home Depot or Lowes for “mop sink”. The modern ones are not as jazzy but they will do the job!

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