Mopping is one of the simplest ways to clean your hard-surface floors, but using the right technique is important for getting the best results. Are you using the right type of mop? Do you know the best way to avoid contaminated water? Are you staying safe while mopping? Follow these tips to mop the right way!
1. Choose the right mop!
Is a heavy-duty cleanup on your to-do list? Need to mop outdoors? Cotton mops are great for these tasks, but if you’re mopping pretty much anything else, reach for a microfiber mop. Unlike cotton mops, microfiber mops leave a streak-free finish and don’t require a lot of wringing to get rid of excess water. They are also more durable, offer a deeper clean and effectively reduce bacteria. Although they may be a bit pricier at first, their lifespan and effectiveness more than make up for the initial cost.
2. Use a two-bucket system.
What’s the best way to ensure you aren’t using contaminated water? Use a two-bucket system! Keep detergent in one bucket and clean water for rinsing in another. This allows you to squeeze out dirty water without containing your cleaning solution. When either becomes too solid, change out the water or solution as needed.
3. Clean your mop.
Which has more bacteria — a trash can or a kitchen floor? The answer is the average kitchen floor! If you don’t clean your mop after use, you may be creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Depending on the type of mop head you have, either toss it in the washing machine on a gently cycle using hot water, or add water and bleach to a clean bucket and soak your mop for 15 minutes before rinsing it out. Leave your mop out to dry completely before storing to prevent mildew growth.
4. Mop safely.
Mopping causes more cleaning-related injuries than almost any other task. To mop safely, use your arm muscles instead of your back and plan your cleaning route to avoid slips on wet floors.
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