The Right Way to Mop a Floor
Mopping a floor may seem like a no-brainer, but amazingly many people, even housekeepers, need a bit of schooling in this department.
Every time I see a commercial promoting a fancy mopping device I cringe. One mop requires that you attach special disposable sheets to it. We see the happy housewife giving the floor a few easy swipes. Another commercial demonstrates a machine that steam cleans your kitchen floor. You're wasting money if you need to buy those mopping sheets or an expensive machine to mop your floor.The main problem with both of these products is that the floor doesn't get clean. The dirt just gets shoved around. If you're happy just giving a surface appearance of a clean floor, by all means use these products. However, if you want a truly sanitary, clean floor that your toddler can crawl on, learn to do it the right way.
- Two buckets of clean water
- Dish liquid
For best results use either a rag-type, cotton mop or a sponge mop. Use separate mops for the kitchen and the bathroom. There's also the option of getting down on your hands and knees and cleaning the floor with rags or sponges; many fastidious housekeepers do this. Liquid dish detergent is really all you need, but if you have a favorite product that you like, use it. I like to use earth-friendly household products.
Firstly, remove all chairs, trash cans or anything else on the floor. Sweep the room with the broom and be sure to get the corners of the room. Sometimes it's hard to get the dirt out of the corners. You can spray it out with canned air, like you use on your computer. An old toothbrush works well, but if that doesn't work, sweep it out with your fingers. I've had to do this on occasion.
Squirt a little dish detergent in one bucket of water. Dip your mop in the water, wring it out and begin mopping. Each time you need to rinse the mop, do so in the second bucket and then dip it in the bucket with the dish detergent. This keeps the washing water as clean as possible. When you're finished, rinse the buckets out and fill one up with water again and give the floor one more rinse.
A good scrubbing like this once a week, with sweeping and running a damp mop over the floor as needed, keeps the floor looking great. .
Ceramic Tile Floors
Ceramic tile floors need extra care due to the grout that gets dirty. You could scrub the grout with an old toothbrush, but you can buy a tool for doing the job faster. Large grocery stores and stores like target or Walmart sell it. It looks like an electric toothbrush but heavy duty. This gadget sells for about $35. However, I got one at Walmart in the auto supply department, and it only cost around seven or eight dollars. That, my ladies, is a good example of how we are charged more for products than men are charged.
Other Efficient Ways to Mop the Floor
Those of you reading this may have other efficient ways of mopping the floor and that's fine. Several months ago I saw Kirstie Alli on Oprah. She said she used to work as a housekeeper. A lady trained her to get down on her hands and knees and scrub. She then shined up the floor with cheap vodka. Kirstie recommended that you get the cheapest vodka you can find. The alcohol sanitizes the floor, but remember it's not for drinking.