Keeping your floors squeaky clean and shiny is an endless process.
No matter how clean you keep it and how often you maintain it, dirt always makes its way into your home.
And once this happens, sweeping and mopping is necessary to keep dirt away and your floors clean.
So how often should you mop your floors to keep them clean?
Read my guide to know more.
How Often Should Floors Be Mopped
In order to find out how frequently floors should be mopped, you need to consider the amount of traffic a certain area receives throughout the day.
For instance, in most households, the higher-traffic areas are the kitchen, entrances, bathrooms, and the hallways.
You should mop all these high traffic areas at least once a week for proper maintenance.
Rooms that are not as frequently used, like guest rooms, don’t require mopping weekly. You should mop these areas every other week or twice a month, this should suffice.
But, there are exceptions.
If you have pets at home, you may find yourself mopping more often to clean pet hair or the dirt your dogs and cats bring from outdoors.
If you have children and they inhabit the kitchen regularly, food debris will need to be cleaned up more often.
In these circumstances, mop as often as needed, i.e daily.
Mopping Routine Depending on the Area/Room
As mentioned earlier, the mopping frequency will depend on the traffic in specific areas of your home.
Vacuuming the floors to remove dust as often as possible is ideal to prevent stubborn debris later on.
Vacuuming at least once every two weeks will also reduce allergens.
Wood flooring, on the other hand, needs dusting once every month as well as occasional and necessary spray with a wood cleaner to remove gunk and create luster.
There are other floors in your home that will require your attention as well. It may feel a bit counterproductive to simply mop without going over other areas in your kitchen and bathroom for example.
This is why I’ve come up with a simple cleaning routine for spaces that require more than a “weekly mop”.
It’ll be practical to mop and combine maintenance practices to have your home in tip-top shape at all times.
Let’s take a look at two of the most important and high-traffic areas of the home:
The bathroom is one of those rooms that required regular cleaning at least once a week.
Traditionally, homeowners will deep clean the bathroom at least once a month, but the floors can’t wait for that long, even if you’re waiting to clean the bathroom fixtures along with it.
The best way to mop your bathroom floors without feeling like that’s the only thing you accomplished, add a few other simple cleaning tasks into your weekly bathroom mopping routine.
Spot clean your toilets for a long-lasting sheen. Make sure you use a cleaner on your toilets in order to remove mineral deposits and germs.
Along with your weekly mopping and toilets, do the showerheads and shower curtain as well. Give them a nice soak to remove any deposits. If you notice that some deposits are too difficult to remove, use vinegar and water to get rid of stubborn debris.
Before moving on to the floors, do a light clean in your bathtub. This doesn’t mean you have to scrub it as you would every once per month unless it needs it.
These activities added to your weekly mopping routine and will also help keep the bathroom looking spotless for a longer time.
Avoid the awful bathtub ring, spray and scrub with a cleaner to prevent ugly stains.
The kitchen is an important area that needs mopping at least once a week.
Households with pets and children should clean as often as needed.
The best way to create a successful cleaning routine for your kitchen floors is to add other small tasks that will help maintain the cleanliness of the entire room and not just the flooring.
If you are likely to clean your stove and sink regularly, add other tasks every now and then to your mopping routine. These two are super important to clean in order to prevent spreading bacteria.
Do your fridge. Yes, cleaning out the fridge is something we do once per month or less frequently even. Adding this activity to your mopping routine will little by little, make it easier to maintain the entire kitchen. Remove anything that’s gone bad, toss abandoned empty plates into the dishwasher, and do some wiping of the unit.
If you used the oven during the week and didn’t have time to clean it. Do a little spot cleaning with an oven cleaner or a damp rag.
Cooked some salsa throughout the week? Take care of the backsplash as well as your kitchen sink. If it’s covered with dust, grease, or another spillage, quickly wipe it down with a good floor cleaner.
This quick, but powerful routine, will make your entire kitchen and bathroom shine in under 15 minutes, including the floors.
For living rooms, hallways, and entrances, there are a few cleaning routines you can take up weekly to make sure everything looks flawless.
The secret to this routine is taking care of the hidden corners throughout your home while you mop these areas.
Consider adding the following household areas/items to your mopping routine. You can replace them as you please depending on what you plan on maintaining a certain week.
Blinds & Windows. Take a little extra time out of your weekly mopping routine to quickly wipe down windows and blinds (if not looking too dirty). If they look very dirty, then you might want to wait until you are ready to deep clean this area.
Kids’ Rooms. When vacuuming or mopping kids’ rooms you’ll surely encounter tons of toys and scattered items. These will carry tons of bacteria. While you mop, grab a simple disinfecting cleaner and clean some of the toys inside the toy chest.
Baseboards. Going around the living room this week? While vacuuming and preparing the floors, grab the brush attachment for your vacuum and take care of the dust on your baseboards.
How to Mop Floors
Follow these generic mopping steps:
Vacuum or sweep floors in to remove bigger dust particles.
Before anything, wipe up dirty wet and dirty spots on the floor, for instance, muddy footprints or fresh spills.
Fill your container with warm water and add a modest amount of your preferred cleaner.
Start cleaning at the farthest angle of the area and move towards the front (room’s exit). This will prevent you from walking on already mopped areas.
Soak the mop into the container and drench it. Avoid an overly soaked mop like string mop may be. The floors should be able to dry as quickly as possible.
Execute back and forth brushes from the wall towards the room’s center and towards the back of the area. Do this twice.
Once you encounter stubborn marks, grab a nylon pad and remove it manually.
Do a few passes, once you notice the mop turns splotchy, rinse the mop, wrench, and keep going.
If you notice the water getting too murky be sure to replace it. If you continue to use it, you will reapply dirt onto the floor.
Finish off by mopping once again with clear water and no cleaner to remove any solutions remaining on the floor.
Now It’s Your Turn…
I hope you enjoyed my guide on how often you should mop your floors.
Now I would like to know:
Do you have a mopping routine?
Have you followed my cleaning routine?
Either way, let me know in the comments section below.