How To Clean A Floor

The traditional damp mopping method is still the best for cleaning many types of flooring. While flat mops such as Swiffers works well for cleaning dust and light soil on a daily basis, only a thorough, weekly damp mopping using a cleaning solution and mop with the right mop will provide a deep cleaning.

Vinyl sheet flooring, ceramic or porcelain tiles, and vinyl tile are best cleaned with damp mopping. Even though laminates and woods that are properly sealed can tolerate a damp wipe every now and then, heavy water mopping is not recommended for these floors.

We show you how to use the correct mopping technique for a clean, sparkling floor. From choosing the right mop for your flooring type to using the two bucket method.

How often to clean a floor

As a rule, the floors of high-traffic rooms, such as bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, entrances, and dining areas, should be mopped or vacuumed once every one to three weeks. Regular sweeping and vacuuming are essential to maintain the floor’s finish and longevity. It removes the dirt and grit which can cause damage to the flooring when walked on. The best time to mop is when it looks like the floor needs to be cleaned.

Many people think they know how to floor scrubbing in auckland. However, a common mistake is not using a second bucket of rinse water. Most people use only one bucket of water to wash the floor and then rinse the mop with the same water. It is better to use two buckets: one for the water-detergent solution and a second with fresh rinse water. Use one bucket to wash, and then fill the sink with clean water.


1. Choose the right buckets and mop

Select a mop according to the type of floor you have. You’ll need a string mop or strip mop if your floor has a lot of texture. A sponge mop is best for a floor with a lot of texture, such as ceramic tile. If you’re using a strip or string mop, a bucket with an integrated wringer is ideal. However, any bucket with a handle works well when you use a sponge mop.

2. Select a cleaner

Choose a detergent designed for the type of flooring you have. Avoid cleaning products that advertise “mop-and-shine” as this can cause a yellowing buildup over time.

3. Sweep first or vacuum before

Avoid a slick, sticky mess on your floor by vacuuming or sweeping the floor before you touch the mop. You can also use this time to wash any sticky or gunky areas that you may have noticed when vacuuming or sweeping. Use a sponge, soapy water, or your favorite cleaning solution.

4. Fill the buckets

Warm or cold water will not clean as well and as quickly as hot water. Add the mopping soap to the bucket. Do not double the amount of soap to increase cleaning power or speed. It is not recommended to use extra concentrated wash water because it won’t clean better and will make rinsing more difficult. Follow the directions on the detergent’s label.

5. Dip and wring out the mop

The mop should be damp, not sopping wet. The mop must be damp but not sopping. The mop should not be sopping wet.

6. Start mopping

To prevent tracking, start mopping from the end and move backward. If you’re using a mop, make sure to use straight lines. Mop rag mops in a figure-8 pattern to make the most of their design.

7. Stop stubborn spots

Rub back and forth quickly over any sticky or tough spots. Apply downward pressure in order to remove grime. You may have to squat and use a paper towel or sponge for hard-to-reach corners and edges.

8. Rinse the mopped area

Rinse your mop in the bucket after scrubbing the floor. Then, wring the mop out as much as you can to remove the dirty water.

9. Continue mopping

Continue the process of mopping and then rinsing for each section until the floor is clean. Keep an eye on the rinse and wash water as you work. Empty and refill buckets when they appear gray or discolored. The use of dirty rinse or wash water will only spread dirty water on the floor, complicating the rinsing procedure.

10. Last rinse

Your floor should be clean and free of any detergent residue. You can add an extra step to the cleaning process by mopping over your floor one last time with only hot, fresh rinse water. You will know that a final rinse is necessary if your rinse water becomes dirty or sudsy.

11. Let everything dry

Thoroughly rinse both your mop bucket and mop and let them dry before storing. Let the floor completely dry before you walk on it.