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How to Mop Floors
Steve Hanson


Mopping floors seems like one of those things everyone knows how to do, but few

people actually know the right way to do it. If you're not using the right

technique, you're causing a lot more work for yourself and are probably taking a

chance with your own safety as well. Following are the steps to proper mopping:

  1. Mop heads come in different sizes. Choose a weight that works for your body

    size. If you choose one that is too heavy, you'll likely put too much stress on

    your back and it might be more difficult to move quickly and efficiently.

  2. Fill

    your mop bucket with 4 gallons of cool water. Add your cleaning solution

    according to manufacturer's directions. Always use a neutral pH floor cleaner to

    keep from damaging any finish on the floor.

  3. Before you start mopping a floor,

    make sure you sweep or vaccum it first. If you don't remove the loose soil,

    you'll simply push it all around the floor, making more of a mess. Use a putty

    knife to remove gum, stickers or other items stuck to the floor.

  4. Put out wet

    floor signs near entrances to the area you'll be mopping.

  5. Start at the farthest

    corner of the room and work your way backwards toward the door. Keep the mop

    bucket on the section of floor that has not been mopped yet in an area where it

    won't be tripped over.

  6. Start by mopping along the baseboards to keep from

    slopping your cleaning solution up onto the wall or baseboard. Then fill in the

    open areas.

  7. Never push the mop forward and backward. Instead, move it from side

    to side in a figure eight motion, overlapping each stroke as you move back and

    forth. Keep your back straight as you mop - do not twist your spine, as it puts

    stress on the back. Use your arm muscles to move the mop back and forth - do not

    use your back muscles.

  8. As one side of the mop gets soiled, turn it over to use

    the other side.

  9. Rinse the mop in clean water and wring it out. Try to wring out

    as much liquid as possible, but do not force the wringer and do not twist the

    mop head as it will break the fibers.

  10. Change water as necessary.
  11. When the floor

    is dry, pick up the wet floor signs. Rinse out the mop head, mop bucket and

    sink. Store the mop properly - hang it so it can air dry.

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