How to Mop a Floor Correctly
As the seasons change, it’s time to start deep cleaning your home. When was the last time you mopped your floors (don’t worry, we won’t judge)? Mopping a floor is a pain, but if you do it the right way, it can be a quick and easy process.
Go grab a bucket and a mop (or your handy wet floor cleaner) and read on to learn all of our top floor moppings tips so you can mop a floor the right way.
Pick Up Furniture and Mats
First, as annoying as it is, you need to remove everything that could get in your way. Yes, it’s tempting to mop around all of your things, but then you’ll leave awkward dirty spots underneath and it will be harder to maneuver around the room.
Any rugs, mats, and furniture need to move. If you’re mopping the kitchen, make sure that you get underneath at least part of the refrigerator.
Get Rid of Debris First
Once all of your things are out of the way, you’re going to have to get rid of any excess dirt and garbage that may be lurking on the floor. Whether it’s crumbs from cooking, cat hair, or anything else that can easily be removed by a broom or vacuum, it has to go.
Do a quick once-over with your debris-removal equipment of choice before you start mopping. It will make the mopping process quicker and avoid the problem of wet debris (which is harder to remove).
Mop In Sections
If you want to cover as much ground as possible, try mopping in sections. Plan out your path so you know that you’ve mopped every surface.
Start on the opposite end of the room from the entrance. Work your way toward the entrance so you don’t have to step on wet floors and ruin your hard work. Try to go in straight paths so you know where you’ve left off.
Keep It Clean
When you’re mopping, your goal is to clean your floors, right? Are you going to achieve that goal by letting your water and mop get dirty?
If your floors haven’t been cleaned in a while, it’s likely that you’re going to have to replace your water and cleaning solution at least once during the mopping process.
This is also true for specialized floor cleaning tools. Check on the cleaning pad and swap it out if it gets too dirty. Otherwise, you’re just moving dirt around.
Hire a Pro
Does mopping seem like too much work? We get it. If you’re in need of a deep cleaning session and you don’t want to commit to the mopping process, have a professional, like the team at Kathleen’s Cleaning Service, handle it for you.
Even if it’s just a one-time cleaning session, it will prepare you for a future of easy upkeep.
Mop a Floor The Right Way
Next time your floors are looking a bit too dingy, mop a floor the right way with these tips. You’ll have squeaky clean and sparkly floors in no time. When in doubt, hire a pro to do it for you.
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