How to Mop Without Streaks

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Things You'll Need

  • Broom

  • 2 mops

  • Bucket

  • Water

  • White vinegar

Mop your floors properly for a streak-free shine.

When mopping hard surfaces around your home, you often get left with streaks that dull the look of your freshly cleaned floor. Ineffective commercial cleaners may leave behind a residue, while other times you may be improperly mopping your floors. No matter the cause, use the right cleaning routine and cleaning solution--one made with white vinegar--to produce attractive, streak-free floors.

Step 1

Sweep the floors with a broom to remove all loose buildup.

Step 2

Fill a cleaning bucket with 1 gallon of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Vinegar is a natural cleaning and deodorizing agent that also disinfects.

Step 3

Dip your cleaning mop into the mixture and wring it out. Don't mop while water is dripping off the mop.

Step 4

Wipe the mop across your flooring in long back-and-forth strokes. Dip the mop back into the solution as needed when you need to rinse and absorb new cleaning solution.

Step 5

Dry the floor with a clean, dry mop starting at one corner of the room and working to the other so you do not backtrack across the freshly mopped floor. Drying will collect any excess moisture.

Step 6

Allow the floor to air dry for 15 to 30 minutes before walking on it.