Keeping floors clean requires mopping regularly to have a germ free environment. You may resort to a vacuum or sweep instead of a mop because of the dirt and grime that starts growing in it.
However, even when there are various other tools available nowadays, the best way to clean hard floors is still by traditional mopping. Not only is it convenient and cheaper, but it also gets the job done faster.
Sanitizing your mops is a real phenomenon as germs and grime can be left in the mop even if you run it under plain water. Mopping is crucial for clean floors and corners and should be done just right. Mops indeed require care after use, but that should not discourage you from investing in one.
This guide will provide you with various tips that can help keep your mop sanitary and odorless after every use.
Know Your Mop
Before devising a cleaning plan for your mop, it is important to know certain things about the mop to have a better cleaning strategy. You may want to know if your mop is machine-wash friendly, whether the head is detachable, what the material of the mop head is, and more.
All-in-one mop: this one is ideal for quick cleaning and is just as the name suggests.
Rag mop: this one is good for larger floors as it covers a greater surface area.
String mop: this one is best for tight corners, nooks and crannies, and smaller areas.
How Often Should You Clean Your Mop?
To ensure no soap residue, dirt and germs remain, you should clean the mop regularly after each use. This is an absolute must if you want to have clean floors and surfaces.
The frequency of cleaning the mop is directly proportional to mopping itself. Thus, if you mop every day, then you should also clean the mop every day. It’s as simple as it gets.
Wash the Mop
This is the first and foremost step that you should perform after mopping floors. It is a two-step process to achieve the best results. First, you should detach the mop head and rinse it under a tap. This gets rid of any big chunks of dirt that are stuck to the mop fibers.
However, if you want to avoid unnecessary splashes, then you should invest in a mop bucket. You may want to buy one depending on the shape and size of the mop.
Next, wash the mop head in a washing machine to completely get rid of any germs and soap residue. You want to set the temperature to the hottest and wash it until the water is completely clear.
Dry the Mop
You must not let your mop sit in a water solution overnight, as that increases the chance of bacteria. After washing the mop, wring out the excess water as much as you can until no water is left.
You can also spin the mop head if wringing requires too much effort. Then comes drying the mop head. You can dry it outside in the sun or under the fan, whichever is more convenient.
In addition to drying the mop, store it in a cool, dry place to prevent bacteria growth.
Dip in Cleaning Solution
Despite cleaning your mop regularly and after every use, soaking your mop in a cleaning solution occasionally is also important. A deep clean is essential if you want the mop head to remain odorless and completely clean.
Deep Clean is ideal approximately three to four uses later or depending on the smell and color of the head. If it starts to look very dull and grimy, despite the washes, then it is time.
The following ingredients are ideal for a cleaning solution:
1 cup or about 237 milliliters, approximately 8 fl oz of white vinegar
3% hydrogen peroxide. Alternatively, you can use half a cup or 118.5 ml of bleach
A gallon or approximately 3.79 Litres of hot water
Moreover, the mop head should stay in the solution for almost 10 minutes for the best results. Wring out the head, and dry.
Replace the Mop Head
Despite being an avid cleaner, replacing mop heads after frequent use is necessary. Generally, you should buy a new mop head after 15-30 washes if it is a cotton mop. Since it is hard to keep track of the washes, this normally equates to about two to three months.
However, if you have a microfiber mop, then you should replace after considerably more washes that can be up to 500 washes.
How to Clean a Dry Mop
As opposed to wet mops, dry mops are extremely easy to clean. The easiest way to clean dry mops is to shake them off until they are completely dust-free. This gets rid of the non-stubborn particles of dust conveniently.
However, sometimes just shaking the dust off isn’t enough. In that case, you need to clean the mop with warm detergent water. Similarly, the rest of the process is identical to wet mop cleaning.
Tips for Cleaning Mops
- Two bucket technique: Keep two buckets around, one with detergent and one with plain water. Dip mop in detergent water, mop a patch, dip in a plain water bucket and repeat.
- Washrooms at the end: Washrooms contain the most amount of germs and filth. Therefore, you should clean them and other germ-ridden areas at the end.
- Replace mop sooner if the head becomes too discolored or smelly
- Place the mop in an upright position after drying, as contact with damp surfaces can promote mold.
- Use dishwashers instead of washing machines if you have a foam-based mop since they are not suitable for washing machines.
- Cleaning solutions, such as bleach loosen the strands and lower the mop life. Alternatively, less strong solutions are better and extend mop life.
These may seem like a lot of work, but once you get the hang of it, you will not want to use any other method to clean your floors. Now that you know how to clean your mop regularly, nothing can stop you from mopping now. So, bring out those rubber gloves and get to work.