No matter how necessary they are, we always dread doing chores around the house. Whether it’s doing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom, or mopping the floors no one really enjoys doing it.
One thing that helps is if you know tricks and tips to make the process not only faster but easier too. Despite how easy mopping a floor sounds, sometimes it doesn’t look or feel as clean as we’d like it to.
We have 10 tips for mopping the floor that will make them clean enough to eat on. Continue reading to learn more!
1. Hardwood Floors
Not all hardwood flooring is alike. If you have hardwood floors you either have a wax finish or they are sealed. If you aren’t sure what type of finish yours is, rub your finger across the surface. If your finger leaves a smudge your floor most likely has a wax finish.
Sealed Wood Floors
There are three different types of sealed wood floors: polyacrylic coating, urethane, and polyurethane. Having your hardwood floors sealed protects them from water damage and stains.
To clean your wood floors mix a quarter cup of mild or pH-neutral soap with warm water in a bucket. You’ll want to make sure to avoid acidic vinegar solutions which will dull your flooring over time. Dip your mop in the bucket mixture and wring out well.
Damp-mop the floor and wipe with a microfiber cloth to remove any excess moisture. Areas with a lot of foot traffic like your kitchen should be cleaned once a week – otherwise, mop your floors once a month.
Waxed Hardwood Floors
Wax flooring is easily damageable from water, no matter how small. You’ll want to avoid mopping this type of floor, even if it is a damp mop. Instead, opt for sweeping, vacuuming, or dust mopping regularly.
2. Linoleum Floors
Linoleum flooring is made from linseed oil, limestone, resin, wood fiber, and cork dust. The coloring comes from mineral pigments. Though this type of flooring is tough, it still needs a good cleaning once in a while. Clean this similarly to cork flooring (which we’ll touch on later).
In a spray bottle combine hot water and a few drops of dish soap. Spray a section of the floor a little at a time and wipe with a damp microfiber mop.
Let the floor air-dry (it should happen almost instantly) and voila! If it still feels tacky or sticky, wipe it with another clean, damp microfiber cloth.
3. Vinyl Floors
If you’re someone who routinely cleans their floors once a week, you should already know not to drench your vinyl flooring. Too much water from a mop will seep into seams, edges, and cracks which will destroy the glue bond holding it down. It’ll also cause the corners to curl or come loose altogether.
Instead, stick to the damp-mop method with regular water which will help you avoid soap scum (which attracts dirt and leaves a noticeable film on the floor). To deep clean vinyl floors, use two mops – one for washing and the other for rinsing.
Some vinyl floors are no-wax which mean they have a clear polyurethane coating, like hardwood floors. If you have a no-wax vinyl floor, avoid waxing and especially mop-and-wax products which will make a mess and be impossible to clean.
To restore shine from a no-wax floor, use a sealant or polish made for that type of flooring. Clean and apply one or two thin layers as the bottle directs.
4. Cork Floor
Cork flooring is another that is susceptible to water damage due to its absorbency. Because of this, most cork flooring is sealed; this doesn’t make it waterproof, though, so be cautious when cleaning.
To prevent permanent damages make sure to wipe up spills right away and vacuum often to avoid scratches on the floor. Wash the floors once a week with a soapy water and vinegar solution. Using a spray bottle, add 1/4 cup of vinegar with warm water and 1 drop of dish soap.
This mixture will break down grime and dirty and disinfect all at the same time. Avoid shaking the solution which would create suds – instead, combine by gently rocking the bottle back and forth. Spray the floor one section at a time and use a damp microfiber mop to wipe as you go.
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