Floor mopping in the home – professional tips for best results
How to do it properly
The right technology and a professional tool are absolutely indispensable – especially when it comes to mopping floors. Streaks, residues and uncomfortable bending spoil your work all too quickly! If you act on our professional tips, these problems will be a thing of the past!
Step 1: Preparation
Move impeding objects
Where possible and appropriate, you should prepare the room by moving impeding objects like chairs, rugs and other obstacles out of the way. Now is the perfect time to also clean these objects – this ensures that the dirt falls to the floor before, rather than after, the floor has been cleaned. If you have moved chairs out of the way or put them on a table, you can also now wipe down the chair legs. It is best to clean the objects which have been left in the room, such as cupboards, table tops and other surfaces, before you begin to clean the floor.
Make sure that nobody is in the area – i.e. children, spouses, flat mates, pets and guests – before you start cleaning the floor.
Step 2: Vacuum-clean first
Start with vacuum cleaning. Even if you find it bizarre to clean something that you are about to mop anyway: a mop is not suitable for removing crumbs, dust, hairs and other solid objects. Also: if you get a non-vacuumed floor wet and begin to mop, you will simply move the dirt from one side of the floor to the other. Dirt and dust can also cause scratches on the floor.
Step 3: Fill the bucket
Now put some cleaning agent (of your choice) into a bucket with a two-compartment system and fill it up with enough lukewarm water to guarantee that you can completely submerge the mop. The two-compartment system allows you to simply separate the dirty and clean water. However, do not fill up the bucket too much; otherwise, this may cause the water to overflow when you submerge and wring out the mop. Do not use more cleaning agent than necessary and follow the dosage instructions. Too much cleaning agent does not clean better – it leaves behind residues on, and may even damage, the floor.
Step 4: Prepare the mop
Now submerge the mop in the cleaning solution and give it some time to soak through thoroughly. Sometimes, when the mop is very dry and stiff, it may take a little longer for the mop to become soft and completely soaked through. When this is done, wring out the mop. It should be damp, but not dripping with the solution under any circumstances. Tip: before using it for the first time, you should wash the mop without fabric softener!
Step 5: Mop in small areas
Begin mopping in the furthest-away corner of the room. Move the mop in S-shape motions and with a little bit of pressure over the area that you are cleaning. When you have completed a small area or notice that the mop is dirty, rinse it in the bucket and wring it out on the vertical bucket press. Then move on to the next area and continue mopping.
Step 6: Soak dirty areas
Mop heavily soiled areas twice in order to clean them. To begin with, dampen the area with the mop – slightly wetter than usual – in order to soften the dirt. Allow it to take effect for a couple of minutes whilst you clean another area. The additional time helps the soapy solution to loosen the dirt. Now go back over the soaked area with the recently washed and thoroughly wrung-out mop and remove the water and the dirt.
Step 7: Work towards the door
Work backwards towards the door. Try and avoid standing on the already mopped areas, because fine dust and dirt under the shoe soles/feet leaves footprints on the damp floor. However, if you should step on an already cleaned area, mop over the area again in order to remove any residues.
Step 8: Leave to dry
The mopped floor must be left to dry thoroughly. Opening doors and windows will speed up this process no end. The good thing here? Air does the work for you! Once the floor is dry, put the furniture and furnishings back into place.
Step 9: Clean your tools
After you have finished mopping, rinse out the mop under clear running water and hang it up to dry. If you leave it in the bucket, it will stay damp and begin to get moldy and to smell bad. Hang it up in a place where dripping water does not matter – it is best to do this in the shower. Then dispose of the dirty water down the toilet. The toilet is best suited for this purpose – especially if there are deposits and dirt in the water. This ensures that you can prevent your washbasin from becoming dirty.
Choosing the right mop is absolutely crucial for the cleaning results – there are various different versions for every surface imaginable. The professional quality of UNGER tools can also help you to achieve the best cleaning results here. Have a look at our products – it is certainly worth it!
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