Buyer’s Guide to Mops
How to use your Best Mop
As with all house cleaning tasks, before mopping, your flooring preparation is key. Start by moving all furniture out of the way, as long as it is physically possible. Some larger pieces of furniture may not be easy to move, however. Next, sweep or hoover the flooring thoroughly, ensuring that there is no dust, debris, or crumbs left on the floor. Mopping a dusty floor will create an unnecessary mess while you are cleaning your floors, additionally providing a less than satisfactory finish.
You are then ready to begin preparing your tools. You should use warm water and thoroughly mix your solutions with the water, ensuring that a sufficient amount of water is filled in your bucket. Soak your mop in the water so that it is fully wet.
Once you are ready, fully wring out your mop, and you are ready to begin. Mentally divide your flooring into manageable sections to ensure that you can focus on a section of the flooring at separate times. You should be able to ensure that no parts of the flooring are missed through using this method. Every time you swipe the flooring, ensure that only three to four swipes are completed before submerging it in the bucket and then wringing out the water. Cleaning the mop regularly ensures that your flooring is cleaned well and that the best possible hygiene is maintained.
An additional requirement to achieve the cleanest flooring in your home is to regularly change the water and the solution in your bucket. Using dirty water will result in a dirty surface.
Once you have finished cleaning your flooring, allow the flooring to dry naturally through opening the windows and the doors and allowing the air to dry the wet surface. It is also important to ensure that your mop is left to hang-dry so that it can hygienically dry to prevent it developing a smell. A further factor to remember is to empty dirty water from your mop bucket into an external drain or a toilet, not your kitchen sink.
What is the Best Mop to use?
There are many different types of mop that you could use across your home. The traditional string mop is compiled with the inexpensive, thick, cotton string that is great at scrubbing stains, but is difficult to get into stubborn corners. Additionally, you may find that with use, the string may begin to fall from the mop head, and may take a long time to dry fully. A modern version of the string mop is the strip mop, utilizing synthetic strips, offering a less than perfect scrub in comparison with cotton string, although they are easier to look after and will dry-out fast.
A steam mop is a good alternative that offers the extra added benefits of steam. Steam mops use a refillable tank of water that is transformed into steam. That steam is then sprayed through a reusable mop pad, offering a hygienic clean without the need for cleaning solutions. Additionally, a sponge mop offers sponge mop heads as well as a built-in wringer, perfect for the easiest rinsing and wringing into your mop bucket. The rectangular shape of the sponge mop head is a good choice for square or rectangular flooring tiles.
What mop is the Best to Clean Tile Floors?
You are free to use any type of mop to clean your flooring tiles, although you should ensure that the cleaning solution that you use is suitable for your type of tiles.
What is the Best Wring Mop?
The best wring mop is determined on your flooring needs, although most wring mops will perform a good clean as long as you regularly wring out the water and change the water in the mop bucket.
Do Mops Really Clean?
Yes, mops will really clean your flooring as long as you regularly change the water and use a really good type of cleaning solution.
You should aim to mop your floor fully every one or two weeks, depending on whether this floor is a high traffic area, and depending on how many people live in your home. You could maintain a clean floor quickly by mopping or wiping entrance areas of your floor daily and provide a thorough mopping of your floor once per week, for example.
Did you know?
The first-ever mop was created in 1893 by an African-American inventor from Michigan, Thomas W. Stewart, creating a device that could use a lever to clamp the mop and wring out the water.