Common Cleaning Procedures
Mopping requires: Motivation, Education and the right equipment. Proper equipment has a lot to do with the motivation needed to clean a floor properly. Equipment for mopping is only 2% of the cost, but labor can cost a fortune if you don't use the correct and best equipment.
Some suggestions on equipment:
  • Oil the wheels on the mop bucket
  • It's better to use a wringer that squeezes down from the top
  • The mop handle should be the best quality you can afford
  • When standing on end the handle, the length should almost be at eye level
  • A bicycle handle grip on the end is also very practical
  • Use a figure eight stroke when mopping
  • The mop head should not be made of cheap cotton (you can tell when it has a lot of debris or pepper inlaid in the yarn, nor be made of all rayon or all polyester, they do not pick up water and dirt properly. (HIMESA blends the best yarns for the most efficiency)
  • Mops sewn across the bottom (tail bands) with looped yarn is definitely more durable and efficient in mopping.
  • When mopping keep the mop use uniform , use both sides of the mop, this will make the mop last longer.
Tips on mopping a floor:
First, sweep the floor and the corners and edges. Shake the dust mop very frequently. It is most important to sweep up the sand. Use hot water in a bucket, if available. If you are mopping a waxed floor, use cold water. If you need soap in the mop water, the soap should have a neutral P.H. factor so as not to destroy the wax.
There are two methods of mopping a dirty floor. Both require allowing soap to loosen the dirt instead of standing there over a spot and pushing the mop back and forth.
Double mopping means to mop the floor while leaving a fair amount of water on the floor to pre-soak spots. Then before the area dries, use the mop quite dry this time, and mop it again, frequently flipping the mop over so as to pick up more dirt and water.
Another method is to walk across a dirty area while dragging your mop over the bad spots to pre-soap them. Then mop the whole area while working your way back to where you started. Mop the cleanest areas first so as to keep mop water cleaner. If you mop up a lot of sugar and juice or soda pop areas, change water before proceeding.