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:
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.
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.
- 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.
- Put out wet
floor signs near entrances to the area you'll be mopping.
- 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.
- Start by mopping along the baseboards to keep from
slopping your cleaning solution up onto the wall or baseboard. Then fill in the
- 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.
- As one side of the mop gets soiled, turn it over to use
the other side.
- 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.
- Change water as necessary.
- 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.