How To Mop A Floor: The Expert's Way

Do you scrub and clean your floor daily but still, it does not shine bright and new? There might be a reason behind your floor looking old and dull even after getting cleaned every day. The reason might just be the fact that you are not mopping your floor in the right way.

How to mop a floor

Yes, there is a right way to mop a floor, and we are going to show you how. A few steps right, and you get a pristine, bacteria-free floor. Sweeping and vacuuming alone will not reward you with clean, fresh floors. Mopping is essential to make your house look neat; plus, mopping makes you active

How To Mop A Floor: Step One

What You Will Need To Mop A Floor? A mop and a bucket of water are of course necessary. But if you want your floor to shine brighter and look neater than usual.

How to mop a floor illustration

Here's what you will need:

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Vacuum (optional)
  • Warm Water
  • Floor Cleaner
  • Rag or Sponge 
  • Rubber gloves (precautionary)

Have a look at the directions on the floor cleaning solution and follow the same. You do want to remember that every different type of floor requires a specific kind of floor cleaning solution. What kind of floor cleaning solution is suitable for your floors is mentioned below.

How To Mop A Floor: Step Two

Clear the floor and empty the room. Preparation is necessary to clear your path off any obstruction while prepping to mop your floor. You do not want to be stopping your workflow when mopping to remove pieces of furniture and rug out of the way. Your best bet would be to clear the area ahead of time and begin mopping afterward. 

Room with only floor and windows

Moreover, by removing furniture, you get access to the furthest, previously hidden nooks and corners of your room that were hidden prior. Just because your furniture concealed an area on the floor does not mean it has not come in contact with dust. Bonus tip:- When moving furniture to mop the floor of a room, place the pieces of furniture in the garden or the next room. 

When we say to clear the floor area, we also mean clear the way of any children or pet. You do not want to be stuck with a source of distraction when you are moping the floor of a room. To make mopping a floor easier, remove every source of distraction.

How To Mop A Floor: Step Three

Sweeping The Floor First Is Essential. To mop a floor in the cleanest way possible, you want to start with sweeping the floor first. Sweeping the floor off any dirt and debris makes mopping more manageable. You do not want your mop to pick up and push around any more dirt and debris than essential. It will not only make your mop dirtier but also make your floor appear less than satisfactory and decent.

Sweeping up the floor

Begin with sweeping the dirt and debris off the now empty floor of the room. Sweeping the floor gets rid of the substances that cause serious health issues and also pose a problem for those with respiratory diseases. Sweeping is simple enough to do and effective. Furthermore, sweeping is a great household workout that will aid in burning calories, promote metabolism and muscle strength of your body.  Alternatively, you can also choose to vacuum the room, in case you do not have a broom in your house.

How To Mop A Floor: Step Four

Different Floors Need Different Cleaning Products. Here are some tips on how to choose the best floor cleaning solution for your floor and make them look neat:

Hardwood Floors

In case the floors of your house are covered with polyurethane, opt for a pH-neutral and/or mild cleaning solution to go with hot water. Waxed floors will require a low amount of water and moisture as they tend to warp fast when in contact with liquid. Thus, you may want to use a light and damp, relatively dry mop to clean a waxed floor.

Hardwood flooring

Keep in mind to avoid acidic additives containing cleaning products as they can cause damage to your hardwood floors with time. Also, avoid using ammonia, oils, vinegar, or plain water on your wooden floors. These will give you no satisfactory results given that you want your floors to look neat. Instead, they might leave a residue on your hardwood floors. We do not want that of course. 

Vinyl Floors

Vinyl floors are best cleaned with a homemade floor cleaning solution, involving apple cider vinegar and hot water. Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so rest assured you won't be catching cold and respiratory allergies if you use apple cider vinegar as a floor cleaner.

Vinyl Flooring

Moreover, due to the acidity in apple cider vinegar, dirt won't end up living a buildup in your house floors. Mopping your floor with an apple cider vinegar solution is also makes it more resilient to any damage or scratching. 

Linoleum Floors

Linoleum Flooring

To mop a linoleum floor, choose a milder floor cleaning solution. Create a floor cleaning solution with a few drops of dish soap and hot water and blend it in before pouring the same in a spray bottle. The spray bottle will allow the floor cleaner to reach every corner of the room and make the floor mopping process much easier for you. 

Stone Floors

Take recommendations from where you purchased the stone furnishing for your floors as there may be specific conditions to get the floor mopped crystal clean. The cleaning solution for a stone floor will contain pH-neutral and nom-chelating chemicals as they do not react negatively with the stone minerals.

Stone floors

Keep in mind to prevent yourself from using vinegar, lemon, bleach, and ammonia-containing cleaners. These liquids can damage your stone floor appearance, stain the grout and damage the stone sealing on the floor. 

Tiled Floors

 Tiled Flooring

You can rest assured with using simple water (preferably hot water) to clean tiled floors. To see a more positive effect in terms of neatness, you can use white vinegar to mop your tiled floors. Mopping with white vinegar will not only remove stains and make your floor shine bright but also make eliminate any odor on the floor. Mop the floor with a dash of white vinegar as it is non-toxic and you can use this floor cleaner whenever there is a spill or stain, as it does not damage your tiled floor. 

How To Mop A Floor: Step Five

Bucked filled with soap water

Use Warm Water To Mop A Floor. Always remember to use warm water when mopping a floor. After sweeping your floor, take about 2 gallons of water and blend the suitable floor cleaning solution in a bucket. The bucket must be only half-filled so when you dip the mop in, water doesn't spill on the floor. Keep the mop dipped in for about 30 seconds or so to soak in the cleaning solution. Wring excess water out and make the mop damp. 

In case, you need to use a dry mop, it is better to spray the mop with water or wring water out of the mop with your hands. 

There are two kinds of mops available in the market. The most popular is a string mop, also called a yacht mop. You can consider a sponge mop for your hardwood and linoleum floor as they soak in less water, compared to string mops.

How To Mop A Floor: Step Six

Now that the whole preparation for the mopping process is done, let's get to the real work. Take the bucket of water blended with the floor cleaning solution and dip the mop in for a few seconds. Do not use too much floor cleaning solution that is needed as it will only make your floor more slippery and harder to rinse off. 

Woman mopping a floor

To maintain more hygiene in the house, use another bucket. Fill half of this bucket will water alone and use it to rinse the dirty mop. This way your cleaning bucket remains uncontaminated and the debris your mop picks up gets washed out in the other. 

Do not continue to use a bucket or mop to clean when it gets visibly dirty. Replace the water in the bucket and wring the mop clean. Make sure to throw the mop water down the drain as it is full of dirt and debris. You can not reuse the same mop water in the kitchen or wash your vehicle with it. 

How To Mop A Floor: Step Seven

As for mopping the floor, mop in sections and follow the right way. First, divide the whole floor you are going to mop into sections. This will make the mopping process easier as you will only need to mop the area three to four times. After you are done with one section, dip the mop in the clean water to rinse off the build-up and debris collected, and then dip the mop again in the bucket with the floor cleaning solution. Do not forget to wring out the water after dipping the mop in the clean water. You do not want to contaminate the floor cleaner bucket.

How to mop a floor

Pick up the mop after soaking it in the cleaning solution and imagine yourself to be painting a wall with the mop. Do not stop mid-ways while mopping. Mop in strokes, going from left to right and back again. Remember to maintain distance from the area you are mopping to avoid stepping on it. 

Prevent excess water from dripping on the floor while mopping unnecessarily. It will make the drying process harder and more time-consuming. When you are mopping a hardwood floor, run the mop along the wood grain on the ground.  As for textured floors, opt for drawing a small figure eight patterns on the floor. 

When you are mopping a room, better start with the corners of the room, opposite the door. This will prevent your chances of stepping on the wet when you are done mopping the room. When you are mopping foyers or corridors, finish mopping the sides first and then mop the center last to make your job easy.

How To Mop A Floor: Step Eight

Drain both the buckets of water, one with the cleaning solution and another filled with dirt and debris after rinsing the room. Fill just one bucket with water and soak the mop in. Make sure the mop is squeaky clean. Bring the mop and bucket of clean water to the freshly mopped floor with the cleaning solution.

Now it's time to rinse the floor. If you do not rinse the floor after mopping it with floor cleaner, then it will become slippery. Moreover, an unrinsed floor will lead to health issues for your children, pet, and yourself as floor cleaner is harsh on your body. 

How to mop a floor

Do not take much water in the bucket to rinse the floor of the room. You do not want to make your room sloppy wet. Make the floor damp so that it will air dry fats, not wet. Also, keep in mind not to step on the freshly rinsed floor as it make it dirty again. Wait for the floor to become completely dry.

If your house is especially crowded, the most perfect time to mop a floor is after lunch, when everyone is taking a rest or busy. Alternatively, you can mop the floors in your house around nighttime too. This way your floor gets more time to air dry without any chances of anyone stepping on the wet floor.

How To Mop A Floor: Step Nine

What to do with stubborn stains on the floor? When you have stubborn stains on your floor that just won't go away, here's what you can do. Take a clean wet mop and spray some cleaning solution directly from the bottle onto the floor. Mop the stained area on the floor with a little more force than usual and run the mop about 10-12 times.

Cleaning a carpeted floor with cloth and liquid

If any satisfactory improvement fails to make an appearance, in this case, the stain refuses to go away, choose a stronger floor cleaner from the market. Alternatively, you can bring professional help to look into the matter and make necessary changes.

How To Mop A Floor: Step Ten

Finally, you are done mopping the floor in the best way possible. But the work is not finished as you will have to keep the cleaning supplies in a neat order to be able to use them again next time. Take care of your cleaning supplies even a little amount of soil, dirt, or debris can result in the mop becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. Rinse the mop in lukewarm water in a bucket or the utility sink, never wash your mop in the kitchen sink. 

Now wring any excess water out of the mop and hand it to dry in an airy, well-ventilated area. Do not lay the mop on the floor or hang it inside a closet to dry. If your mop head has a foul smell and looks stained even after getting a rinse, the time has come to dispose of the same mop and get a new mop as a replacement. 

Takeaway

Mopping is a great exercise for the body. Granted, at times mopping may seem like a monotonous chore. You make this cleaning routine of mopping floors interesting by planning some upbeat music and having your favorite snack when you are done as a reward. 

While everyone desires to keep the floors of their houses clean, mopping way too many times can harm the floor. Mopping way too frequently, i.e., more than twice a week can make your floors susceptible to catching dust, debris, and allergens. Mopping should be restricted to twice a week to keep the floors clean and mold-free.

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