Mopping Your Floor
Mopping is a pretty simple task. It is however
one that is often dreaded and done as quickly as possible. Here are a few
tips to help you mop more efficiently and effectively.
Soil is easier to remove when it is dry. Sweep and/or vacuum your floor
before you mop it. Once you get dirt wet, it is harder to clean. Clean
carefully around furniture and under cabinets. The more time you spend
here, the less time you will spend mopping.
If you are using a rope or rag type mop, flip it over often. Take
advantage of all of the sides of the mop. so that you are not depositing
dirt on clean areas.
Keep your mop as clean as possible. Rinse it often. No use contaminating
clean areas with a dirty mop. If necessary, change out your mop water and
if you have time, do a final pass on your floor with clean water that is
free of detergent. Removing as much detergent residue as possible will
keep your floors cleaner longer.
Use the proper amount of floor cleaner. Read the directions on the bottle
of floor cleaner you are using. More is not better. If you use more
cleaner, you may leave a residue behind causing your floors to get dirty
Make several passes over each area. Your first pass will wet the area and
begin dissolving soil. Your next pass will begin removing the soil. You
may have to make three or four passes over very dirt floors. Using a
figure eight pattern is more effective than going straight forward and
back if you are using a rag or rope style mop.
To speed dry your floor, place a portable fan at one end of the room when
you are done mopping. Turn on nearby ceiling fans to further speed drying,
your goal is to move as much air around as possible.