The mopping frequency required to keep your floors clean and germ-free depends on the traffic your floors receive. Floors that are subject to daily traffic from dirty shoes, or that an infant crawls across, will need more frequent cleaning than other floors. Setting a mopping schedule will help you stay on top of the household chore and ensure that the floors are never too dirty, but this schedule depends on the size and ages of your family members. Mop up spills and large messes immediately to minimize the scrubbing you will need to do later when you thoroughly mop according to your schedule.
High-traffic areas of the home are areas that receive frequent, daily foot traffic, such as the front door, hallways and kitchen. These areas are more susceptible to dirt, dust and spills from the constant movement through the area. Mop these areas daily with a damp dust mop and thoroughly mop the floor with detergent and water weekly. Dust mopping takes only a few minutes to complete and will greatly reduce the amount of scrubbing necessary when it is time to mop with detergent.
Low traffic areas are areas that seldom receive any foot traffic, such as an infrequently used guest bathroom or a formal dinning area in a home where the family eats most often in the kitchen. Mop these areas with detergent and water at least monthly. Slide a damp dust mop across the floor weekly if the floor appears dirty or dusty.
Small children often spend time on the floor, so the floors in homes with children must be mopped more frequently than other floors. Infants and toddlers enjoy putting things in their mouths as they explore the world, and they will pick up anything they find on the floor. Clean floors are essential to the safety of these children, so sweep and mop daily with a mild detergent and water.
Pets create a variety of messes, from dirty paw prints to potty accidents. Dust mop daily to remove pet dander and hair, and clean up larger messes as they occur. Thoroughly mop the floors with detergent at least weekly to keep your floors looking their best. Always use a disinfecting detergent when mopping pet accidents to sanitize the area.
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