Sweeping and vacuuming are great ways to keep your floors spotless, but they may not permanently remove all dirt. That’s why it’s essential to learn how to mop your floors effectively.
Maintain the look of your floors by mopping them regularly. Whether you have hardwood or tile, here are some tips for effective mopping.
Start in the Corners
One of the essential steps when mopping a floor is to start in the corner. Doing so prevents you from stepping on wet spots, potentially ruining the mop’s water-repellent properties.
To avoid streaking or tracking of your solution throughout the room, begin in the corner farthest from the entrance and work your way back toward it, always standing on dry ground. Doing this will help prevent streaks or tracking of solution into other parts of the room.
Make it a habit of regularly flipping the mop head around and using its clean side. Doing this helps prevent dirt from spreading around on the floor and streaky results, which is often an error when using a mop.
Pre-Wash the Floor
Before beginning to mop the floor, removing all loose dirt and grit is essential. Doing this will expedite the cleaning process and avoid creating a sticky mess.
To do this, use a vacuum to thoroughly sweep the floor before mopping with your mop. Additionally, take time to remove any light objects that could block access to the floor, such as trash cans, toys, and small chairs.
Once the dust, dirt, and grit have been eliminated, add your preferred floor-cleaning solution to your water. Select a solution that won’t damage your flooring or strip away its finish.
Once you’ve mopped up any solution on your floors, it is essential to rinse away both the mop and water bucket. Do this approximately every 20-50 square feet; doing so helps prevent detergent residue from building up, which can leave your floor feeling sticky and dull.
Choose the Right Mop
Sweeping and vacuuming are great, but they may not always be enough to remove all the sticky residue from your floors. You may need a mop to lift dirt and grime, especially if you have hardwood, vinyl, or tile flooring.
Mops have come a long way since the old stringy, wet swabs. Now they are smaller and easier to use than ever before, plus they clean various flooring types – making it simple to get your entire home sparkling clean!
A flat mop consists of a pad (usually disposable or microfiber) to attract dirt and dust and a spray head to apply the cleaning solution. They can be used wet or dry, with some coming with buckets or pre-moistened pads for convenience.
Rinse the Mop
After mopping a floor, it is essential to rinse the mop thoroughly with water. Not doing so can leave a sticky residue that adheres to shoes, socks, feet, and other surfaces.
If your mop has an integrated wringer, you can squeeze out water without removing it from the bucket; otherwise, don rubber cleaning gloves and gently twist the mop head over in its bucket.
According to Barrett, you should rinse the mop at least once for every 20-50 square feet you clean. Doing this prevents dirty water from spreading around the floor and any excess moisture from damaging your flooring.
Begin by selecting the mop best suited to your flooring type. For ceramic tile or other textured floors, go with a string mop; opt for a sponge mop on hardwoods and other smooth floors.