6 Effective Tips When Mopping Floors
Keep your floors spotless with these helpful reminders
When you arrive at home, what's the first thing that you do before stepping inside? We're sure that you either leave your shoes outside or wipe the soles of your shoes on the doormat first. Doing so will lessen the dirt that we bring in from the outside.
The best way to keep the floors clean is through proper mopping. Make sure that you clean your floors thoroughly with the help of these cleaning tips.
If you're planning a general cleaning anytime soon, check out our ultimate summer cleaning checklist, too!
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Always mop the frequently used areas
Highly used areas such as the kitchen, hallway, and bedroom must be mopped at least every week to avoid stains and odors. You may mop areas that aren't commonly used, such as the guest room and attic, at least once a month. If you use that attic as storage area, it's best to clean it regularly. Click here for tips on how you can organize your attic.
Utilize a sturdy mop
It’s best to purchase a sturdy mop that suits your needs. If you’re always on the go, you can choose an all-in-one mop with disposable cleaning pads. However, if you have large rooms, it’s also recommended to use the old-fashioned rag mop as it can clean up big spaces faster.
RL Tip: You can create a homemade washable mop head by folding a thick hand towel onto a mop head.
Clear the area
Before mopping, make sure that you sweep or vacuum the floors first. Mopping becomes much easier once you’ve swept out dust particles from the floor. Also, move away the furniture so you can effectively clear out the floors.
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Use a small amount of cleaner
Just like when cleaning countertops, avoid using too much of your cleaner. Make sure you read the label first to see the recommended amount that's safe to use. Pouring too much cleaner on your floors may cause damage, making it look old and brittle.
Dry it out
After mopping your floors, dry out your mop in a well-ventilated area. Avoid leaving your mop on the floor or in a wet area because it will cause moldy odors. Also, wash your mop head regularly to prevent germs from breeding.
Wear rubber gloves
To protect your hands from dirty mop heads or cleaners and as a sanitary precaution, it’s advisable to wear gloves when you mop the floor.
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