How to Mop Your Kitchen the Right Way
Dealing with home chores is not usually a favorite of many of ours as we “keep house.” This is the conclusion that’s been drawn after a number of interviews have been held on this topic.
The majority of the interviewed were in the age range between 18 – 45 (females and males), and one of their least favorite home chores was undeniably: mopping.
But, for sure, there are certain tricks that can be applied in order to make the cleaning process the easiest possible. We have been searching and investigating for a bit to uncover some of the tricks of the trade for completing this task with fewer efforts and in a shorter amounts of time.
The tips we will be providing further in this article are designed and conceptualized to be applied in different types of floors and in various rooms.
Hints on mopping your kitchen the right way:
Rinse, Wring, Rinse and Wring Again
We will be explaining in details each of these hints and their impact on mopping easiness, if properly applied.
Independent from the type of floor you will need to choose the type of mop. For instance, if your kitchen floor is a smooth one, then you should go for a sponge mop. On the other hand, if your kitchen floor is made of a significant amount of texture, then you have to choose and pick up a rag or a string mop. It is important to emphasize that in some specific cases, some floor types might come with special advises in terms of mopping. This happens usually because of the material used on the floor. If this is your case, we strongly advise you to contact your floor’s manufacturer or strictly act as per his provided recommendations.
One of the most common mistakes that people do when mopping the floor is starting the process without a proper vacuuming or sweeping of the surface. If you do not vacuum clean or sweep the floor prior to mopping, the final result will be an oily sticky floor with hair or dust remains, mostly situated in the corners. That is why in order to prevent bunches of dust – we strongly recommend a careful sweeping of the floor surface.
Here we are at the stage when we have already removed all the unnecessary stuff from the floor and swept the surface as well. It is now time to prepare the water bucket. In order to achieve a perfect mopped surface, it is important to follow few directions during the bucket preparation. First of all, the water should be warm, not hot or cold. Secondly, some cleaning preparation should be added to the water. Cleansing preparation should be selected as per the floor material type. Of course, there are cleansing products in the market suitable for any type of material, but following your manufactures’ instruction is highly recommended. Another important element is the fact that you should be adding the appropriate amount of the cleansing solution. Usually the dosage is provided into the cleansing product instruction label. Water bucket can be substituted with the sink in certain cases. The main reason for this is because water can be easily removed once it has become dirty. Still, there is a side effect to this choice: You should clean the sink as well.
Another common mistake that complicates mopping even further is the belief that a damp rag will clean the floor better. In fact it is quite the contrary. If the rag is damp, your floor will not be drying up for a long period of time. Despite this, it will be full of water spots. In some cases a damp rag can even damage the floor surface. Because of these elements, wringing the mop at the necessary extent is really critical.
Mopping itself has its own techniques that are strongly related to the type of the mop you are using. For instance, if you are using a rag type mop than you should mop in half circles or in the shape of number eight. Meanwhile, if you are using a sponge mop, you are strongly advised to mop in straight lines. Another important hint to be considered is that you should be mopping from the end of the room to its beginning (entrance). Applying this method will result in a tracking free floor once the floor will be dried. If you are using professional like mops, you need to follow the instruction paper. Regardless of the type of mop being used, once you face a sticky or hard spot on the floor surface, you should exercise pressure over it in order to simulate a scrub like process.
Rinse, Wring, Rinse and Wring Again
During the mopping time it is very important to continuously rinse and wring the mop. Why? Rinsing and wringing the mop continuously keeps the mop free of dirt. It is really crucial to understand when the water needs to be changed. Once you encounter that the water has cooled down, or it is becoming darker you should consider changing it. If you keep rinsing the mop in the dirty water, the final result will be unsatisfactory. Wringing the mop at the necessary intervals will result in an appropriate mopping and a spot free floor surface. Wringing avoids unnecessary dripping that in return supports a faster drying process.
To be concluded!
By following this set of hints and techniques, you will be mopping your kitchen floor really faster than previously and with fewer efforts. You will not need to put extra money to engage a cleansing company and you will enjoy a spot free and sparkling kitchen floor.