How to Mop Concrete Floors


Concrete floors have gone upscale. A stained, painted or polished concrete floor can be seen in a living room as easily as in a garage. The floor in your garage was probably poured by the contractor when the house was built. But the one in your living room---or luxury hotel---was probably designed by a professional interior designer or flooring expert. Mopping a concrete floor is an easy task, and you do it the same way no matter how your concrete is surfaced.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner or dust mop
  • Wet mop
  • Bucket
  • Mild soap
  • Strong soap
  • Ammonia
  • Soft scrub brush
  • Vacuum or use a dust mop to pick up all loose dirt and dust from the concrete floor.

  • Damp mop with water and a mild soap once a week. To damp mop a floor, dip your mop in the bucket of water and soap, then wring out the mop so that almost all the water is expelled. Push the mop back and forth across the floor a couple of times as far as your arms can reach. Rinse the mop in a bucket of clean water and wring it out. Repeat until you have covered the entire floor. If your soapy water gets dirty at any point, replace it with clean water and soap.

  • Repeat Step 2 with a stronger soap and ammonia if water and mild soap does not get the floor clean. Add 1 part ammonia to 3 parts water. Scrub away stubborn dirt with a scrub brush if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the concrete floor has not been sealed, you must clean up spills and dirt immediately. An unsealed concrete floor is porous. Spills will be absorbed and dirt ground into the floor very quickly.
  • A concrete floor that begins to look dull probably needs to be resealed. Mop the floor thoroughly beforehand so that you don't seal in dirt and grime.

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