Mopping Tips

Do all your mopping efforts really create a clean floor?

Ever mop your kitchen floor then dry an area with a white towel and find that the towel comes up dirty?  Mopping can be easy and effective if done right.

Contaminants such as combination soil types, grease, and other organic food based sources require the right mop and chemicals

The most effective types of mops in the commercial and consumer world are microfiber mops.  Specifically flat microfiber mops with interchangeable pads.  High quality ones that are also used commercially can be found at Home Depot or online from companies such as rubbermaid.

Chemicals that are strong enough to remove such contaminants and leave little to no residue when diluted correctly can be found online or even at Lowes or Home Depot.  Any chemical you use should state that it is “rinse-less” or, in other words, doesn’t require rinsing off with water once you are done.  Be careful of the dilution ratios and use purified water to mop shiny surfaces and/or ceramic tile floors.  Hard water can leave a film on shiny surfaces and can also degrade grout by depositing calcium-lime-iron oxide over time.

While you don’t want to flood your floor when mopping you also need enough solution to properly flush it clean

Make sure you are spraying down enough solution to completely cover the floor and use about 2-3 microfiber mop heads per 50 square feet.  Watch out for streaking from a pad that is already saturated with dirt.

 

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