Keeping your wooden floor clean is of great importance. As a way of creating a safe healthy environment, regular cleaning also adds life to your hardwood floors. Sweeping and vacuuming is commonly used on hardwood floors to get rid of dust and loose dirt but does not prevent buildup of grime.
Mopping is one of the recommended ways of cleaning wooden floors. It perfectly remove spills, lift off stains and ingrained dirt from a hardwood floor. A home also smells good and fresh after mopping with a fragrant cleaner. In this guide, learn how to mop a wooden floor properly.
1. Floor preparation
Clear the area before your start to mop. Remove all furniture such as tables and chairs without scratching the floor. Rugs should also be removed and be cleaned if they are dirty before they are taken back on the cleaned floor. A clear area makes cleaning faster and every spot on the floor is reached.
Obtain your cleaning solution, a mop and a bucket of clean warm water. Read any instruction on how to use the cleaner and make everything ready. Open the windows or doors and start the cleaning process.
2. Sweep/Vacuum before mopping
This is a very important step that should not be ignored. Sweep or vacuum to remove solid debris and dust. Mopping before you sweep can cause scratches on the floor resulting from pushing of solid stuff around. Dust will also dissolve to form mud and thus making your cleaning to be a tough task.
Use a soft bristle boom or a microfiber dust mop for sweeping a wooden floor. If you decide to vacuum, use a recommended vacuum for wooden floor that does not cause dents or scratches.
3. Mopping the floor
Mix your cleaner with warm water in a bucket. The solution should be generous enough to allow the mop to completely submerge. Dip the mop in the cleaning solution and wring out completely so that you end up with a damp and not wet mop. You do not want to leave water pooling on the floor.
Start mopping in small sections and from the farthest side opposite the entry. Wipe the floor in forward and backward motion with the mop for three or four times. The floor is highly slippery during moping and you should be cautious not to slide. Do not let anyone walk across until it is completely dry.
When the floor is heavily soiled or too dirty, the mop and cleaner may get dirty after cleaning a small section. Wring out and rinse your mop and change the cleaning solution before your proceed to the next section.
4. Rinse to remove the cleaner
Remember to rinse the cleaner from your floor before it dries out. Dip your mop in a bucket of clean water and wring out completely. Begin from where you started mopping and rinse the cleaner. If you forget or ignore this step, you will end up with dull or cloudy wooden floors.
Some cleaning solutions are used on the floors directly without mixing with water or rinsing out. Example is the bona spray or Swiffer wet jet. This is why it is important to understand the cleaner you are using and to read the instructions on how to use.
5. Dry the floor
Wooden floors damage when exposed to moisture or water for too long. This is one of the main reason of using a damp mop and not wet. If there are heavy streaks or a film of water pooling on the surface, use a piece of towel to dry the floor. If that is not the case, let the floor air dry.
Remember to hang your mop after mopping so that it can dry. If you let it stay in the bucket for long, it will start to smell bad and you may not want to use it in your next cleaning.
The bottom line
Knowing how to mop a wooden floor makes cleaning a simple process. You can do it yourself or hire professional cleaning services. While sweeping of hardwood floors is done daily, mopping should be on a monthly basis to deal with grime buildup. Cleaning makes your hardwood floor to remain beautiful for years to come.