How to Mop a Floor

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It's not a fun job, but it has to be done. Here's how to mop your floor so clean you could eat off it.

Things You'll Need

  • Brooms
  • Detergents Or Floor Cleaner
  • Mops
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Water
  • Buckets
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor clean of dust and dirt.

  • Sweep or vacuum a second time. Make sure there is no debris.

  • Fill a bucket with hot water.

  • Add a small amount of detergent, ammonia or floor cleaner to the water; the directions on the container should tell you how much to use.

  • Dip your mop in the bucket.

  • Wring out the mop using your hands or, depending on the type of mop you are using, with a lever near the mop head.

  • Scrub the floor in straight lines if you're using a sponge mop. If using a rag mop, swirl the mop head in figure-eight shapes. Push the mop vigorously to remove stains or spots on the floor.

  • Rinse and wring the mop out in a sink or the bucket occasionally, and continue mopping.

  • Let the floor dry before walking on it.

Tips & Warnings

  • If a sponge mop head is becoming crumbly or falling apart, change it. If a rag mop is dirty, rinse it and squeeze it out repeatedly until clean, or toss it in the washing machine as directed.
  • Some modern floors, such as polyurethane-coated hardwood floors, should not be washed with harsh detergents. Check with your floor covering professional if you have questions.

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