That’s how often you have to mop your floor!
Mopping is one of those chores that we often forget until the floors beg us to be cleaned. If you don’t mop your floor enough, it can get pretty dirty. But overcompensating wouldn’t be good either; you could damage your floors that way. So, how often should you mop the floor?
Of course, there is no definitive amount that will work for every home and person. It all depends on the type of room you are mopping and the size of the house you live in. But according to experts, once a week is definitely a good number to stick to. And that usually ties in with the rest of your household chores! Ivan Ivanov, an expert at professional cleaning firm End of Tenancy London, shared Woman and Home: “Floor cleaning almost feels like a never-ending process, dirt always gets into the house and when it does, mopping is essential. It is important to keep the busy areas as clean as possible, usually the entrance, the kitchen, the bathroom and the corridors. It is important to wet mop them every week. But of course, if you have a pet-loving or family home, you may need to do this task more often.
Protect your floors
Regular mopping is not only important for hygienic reasons, it also protects your floors. Declan Christie, founder and flooring specialist at Luxury Flooring & Furnishings, shared Woman and Home: “Dirt can quickly build up on your floor, which, if not cleaned, can scratch and leave permanent damage.” And if you want to mop the floor, make sure you sweep or vacuum first. Ivanov explains, “It’s extremely important to sweep or vacuum any type of floor before you start mopping, as dust and dirt can build up over time, making your floors gritty.”
Always check the material of your floor before mopping. Because it can even damage some floors such as solid wood floors or laminate.
It is also possible to mop your floor the wrong way. The experts have some tips for that too. “Excessive mopping can compromise your floor’s seal and cause permanent damage,” explains Declan. “The most common mistake made when mopping is using too much water. If your mop is too wet, you risk smearing dirt rather than actually wiping it away. Floors should dry quickly after mopping; if your floor is visibly wet 10 minutes after mopping, it’s probably a sign you’ve used too much water.”
Mary Gagliardi (aka “Dr. Laundry”), Clorox’s in-house scientist and cleaning expert, concludes, “If you mop a floor properly, and the manufacturer recommends mopping the floor area, mopping frequency shouldn’t be an issue. It is always important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning a surface and if in doubt test the product you want to use in a hidden area first.”
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