We all love a good shiny floor and the scent of our favorite cleaning solution after mopping. But is your floor really clean after using a stained and moldy mop? The simple answer is no.
It’s hard to believe mops are that dirty when they’re always soaked with cleaning products, and we may believe that just rinsing them is enough to keep them clean. But cleaning products are not the only thing mops are soaking up. All the dirt and grime picked up by the fibers will remain there and eventually grow mold and bacteria.
Don’t let this be your mop! Follow these simple steps to ensure your floors are really clean.
Step #1. Rinse after use
Make sure to always rinse your mop after every use, as this helps to remove the first layer of grime and bacteria. Get a bucket and fill it with hot water and stir, or place the mop under running water until the water comes out clear. This will get rid of any cleaning solution left over, which can cause damage to the mop’s fibers. Wring out excess water before continuing.
Step #2. Use your washing machine
Most mops with detachable heads can be simply thrown in the washing machine, but be sure to check if yours is suitable or if you will need to wash it by hand.
Set your washing machine on a gentle cycle and use the hottest water temperature. This will help remove dirt and get rid of bacteria.
Step #3. Clean by hand
If machine washing is not an option for you, all you need is a bucket, water, and bleach. Fill equal parts of both liquids and place your mop in the mixture. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, and this will remove all grime, germs, and bacteria.
A lot of people prefer avoiding chemicals, and if you do too, vinegar is a great replacement for bleach, as it is also known to remove bacteria and germs. Additionally, dumping the mixture on your drain can help prevent grime from building up.
Step #4. Rinse and wring out
After disposing of the mixture, refill your bucket with clean water or place the mop under running water to rinse. You can stir around the mop’s fibers to make the process easier. Wring out the excess water and spread the fibers so the mop can dry faster.
If the excess water is still cloudy, you can repeat the previous step.
Step #5. Air dry
Now you just have to let your mop air dry. The most effective way is to set it upright in a well-ventilated or open area. Sunshine can also help make the drying faster and kill any remaining bacteria.
Remember to store your mop until it is fully dry; this will prevent mold and bacteria growth.
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