3 Tips For Mopping Like A Professional Janitor

Posted on: 22 December 2014

Have you ever wondered why your kid's junior high hallway floor looks immaculate, while your own tiny kitchen linoleum is perpetually littered with smudges? Although mopping might seem simple, every homeowner knows how difficult it can be to keep a floor pristine. Here are three tips for mopping like a professional janitorial service, so that you can make short work of that dingy floor. 

1: Heat is Your Friend

If you are like most people, you probably spritz your floor with a few room-temperature cleaners, and then wonder why that goo stays plastered all over your tiles. The fact of the matter that even the best cleaners aren't always enough to clean tough gunk off of your floors, but you can tip the scales in your favor by turning up the heat.

Professional janitors don't always have access to the fanciest cleaning chemicals or the nicest equipment, so to make their work more effective, they use piping hot water. In addition to melting away fatty grime and sanitizing those floors, hot cleaning solutions tend to dry a lot faster than lukewarm concoctions.

To mop your floor like a pro, fill your kitchen sink full of the hottest water that your tap can produce, and use it to clean your floor. That all-in-one cleaning gadget might be fine for spot-mopping now and again, but if you want to speed up your next deep-cleaning job, use hot water mixed with a little soap.

2: Squeegees and Floor Drains

If you have a floor drain in your tile kitchen or bathroom, consider yourself lucky. Floor drains are typically installed in industrial settings, but many builders install them in kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms to fend off flooding. Although you might think of floor drains as an unsightly addition, they can make thorough mopping an absolute breeze.

By picking up an inexpensive floor squeegee and a nylon scrub brush, you can mop your entire floor in no time. Here are five steps for cleaning your tile floor easily and effectively:

  • Step 1: Fill a bucket with hot, soapy water.
  • Step 2: Working carefully, pour the hot water all over your floor, staying away from carpeted areas and kitchen appliances.
  • Step 3: Scrub away grimy spots with your nylon scrub brush. 
  • Step 4: Using long, sweeping motions, use your floor squeegee to corral the standing water on your floor towards the floor drain.
  • Step 5: After all of the soapy water has been washed down the drain, rinse your floor by soaking the area with a few cups of clean water. Squeegee the clean water into the floor drain too.

In addition to quickly moving dirty water away from your floors, squeegees will also simultaneously dry your floors, so that you don't have to worry about slipping later. Keep in mind that you should never flood wood floors, as the extra moisture can warp hardwood planks.

3: Use Less Soap

After finding a floor cleaner that you love, you might be tempted to use a lot more than the recommended amount. Unfortunately, extra soap doesn't always lead to cleaner floors.

Soap works by attracting dirt and grime particles, so that you can rinse them away with clean water. Unfortunately, since your floor isn't rinsed constantly, using extra soap might only cause left-behind residue. Although lots of soap might leave your kitchen smelling fresh and clean, you might notice an extra dirty area a few days down the road.

To keep your floors clean and beautiful, never use more than the recommended amount of soap. If your mop bucket is filled with suds, your tile or linoleum might end up dull, tacky, and dirty down the road.  

Knowing the tricks of the trade can help you to mop a little quicker, so that you can get on with your day and enjoy a sparkly floor.