When it comes to getting those floors spick and span, your trusty mop plays a starring role. However, if it’s smelling funky or leaving your floors dirty even after mopping, it’s time to give it a makeover. The best part is you can bring your mop back to its pristine glory in six simple steps!
Step #1. Shake off the dust and dirt
Before any drop of water touches your mop, give it a good shake over a trash can (unless you have no trouble with sweeping after). Doing so will dislodge any loose dirt, hair, or debris that has been camping out on your mop.
This step is crucial before the mop gets wet, as wet fibers make it harder for particles to let go, and we want them gone.
Step #2. Rinse the mop with warm water
Shaking helps to get rid of tiny debris, but soil can cling on for dear life. Thoroughly rinse your mop with warm water to loosen and remove the soil that’s built up and ingrained deep over time. Skipping this step might result in extended mop-washing sessions later on.
Just remember to pick a suitable spot for this step. Doing it in your yard is ideal, but if indoors is your only option, ensure it’s well-ventilated—lay down some mats or newspapers to avoid any unwanted floor wetness.
Pro-tip: If your mop isn’t too dirty, you can fast-track to the next step.
Step #3. Choose the proper detergent
Now that you have finished rinsing, it’s time to get soapy! Fill a bucket with warm water (enough to cover the mop head) and add a bit of detergent. Swirl the liquid until suds form.
However, make sure you choose a detergent without harsh chemicals such as phosphates or citric acid. These chemicals can get you itchy, damage your mop’s fibers, and leave behind unwelcome residues—which will smear on your floors later when you mop them.
Step #4. Hand-scrub the mop head
Drench the mop head in your cleaning solution and give those fibers or bristles a gentle yet thorough hand scrub. Be sure to scrub harder on the areas with stubborn stains and clinging dirt. If you have a string mop, move around the strands to make sure you get all the dirt out.
Alternatively, if your mop is detachable, toss it into your washing machine on a warm cycle (unless it’s cotton or string, they’re a bit delicate).
Step #5. Rinse for a final clean
Let the water flow through your mop from an outdoor hose or your bathroom sink, full blast. Make sure the detergent is washed away. If you’ve got a string mop, open the strands and let the water pressure get rid of dirt and soap.
This step is critical to ensure there’s no soapy residue left—it can attract dirt like a magnet during future cleaning sessions.
Step #6. Let the mop fully dry
Your mop isn’t truly clean until it’s properly dry. Skipping this step can lead to a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, not to mention some funky odors.
The best drying method is to hang it out in the sun until fully dry. If outdoor drying isn’t an option, let it air dry in a well-ventilated space with the mop head facing upwards. For string mops, let those strands hang freely.
Once it’s dry, you’re ready to tackle those floors with a clean mop and a smile!
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