Invented in 1913, Clorox bleach continues to provide many ways to keep your home clean and disinfected. When mopping your floors, the Clorox company recommends that you only sanitize hard, nonporous floors in your home, which includes vinyl tiles, sealed linoleum, ceramic tiles, quarry tiles and granite. This means you cannot use Clorox bleach to mop your porous floors, such as hardwood, cork, terra cotta and unsealed concrete; bleach will corrode these floors and your floors can absorb the bleach. Knowing how to mop your floors with Clorox can help keep them sanitary and spotless.
Things You'll Need
- Vacuum cleaner (optional)
- Clean water
- 1 gallon water
- 3/4 cup Clorox regular bleach
Move all items in the room out of the way, including trash cans and furniture, so you have full access to the floor.
Sweep or vacuum the floor thoroughly to pick up crumbs and dirt.
Pour clean water into a bucket and pre-wash your floor with the water. Discard the water and rinse out the bucket when finished.
Make a solution of 1 gallon of water and 3/4 cup Clorox regular bleach in the bucket, and place your bucket where you will begin mopping.
Mop your floor beginning at the farthest corner of the room with the bleach solution, working in a backward direction toward the door. Overlap each stroke of the mop to ensure you get the floor extra clean.
Allow the bleach and water solution to sit on the floor for five minutes after mopping.
Rinse your floor well using clean water and let your floor air dry.
Tips & Warnings
- If you need to dry the floor quickly, place a portable fan at one end of the room after mopping. Your floor will be dry in a few minutes.
- Never mix Clorox with ammonia or other disinfecting products or cleaners. This produces toxic solutions that can cause serious harm to you or your family.
- When using bleach other than the Clorox brand, ensure the label has the words "kills germs" or "sanitizes."
- Clorox: Floor
- Clorox: Whitens, Removes Stains and Disinfects Usage Instructions
- Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Department of Environmental Conservation; September 2006
- Suffolk Cleaning Services: Hard Floors
- University of Tennessee Extension: Protecting Wood in Flooded Homes
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