Feb 07

Wet mopping of hard floors

This blog post is going to cover the best practice for wet mopping hard floors.


Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.
  • Ensure that you have the right mop for the job.
  • In a double bucket system fill one bucket with cold water and floor cleaner or detergent diluted to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Place the mop wringer on the second empty bucket.
  • Put wet floor signs near the entrance to the area being cleaned.
  • Ventilate the area. Open a window or leave a door open.
  • Remove any chewing gum from the floor.
  • Use a brush, vacuum cleaner or dust mop to remove any dust or dirt.
  • Start mopping in the corner furthest from the door, work backwards and keep the bucket on the floor section to be mopped.
  • Immerse the mop head in the floor cleaner or detergent bucket and wring out lightly by placing the mop into the wringer and pressing down to remove excess water.
  • Periodically place the soiled mop into the wringer and wring out completely before putting back into the floor cleaner or detergent.
  • When wet mopping a room, place the mop head along the perimeter wall and drag the mop in the direction of the skirting board.
  • When mopping a hallway mop the floor along the edge of the skirting board first, keeping the mop just in contact with the skirting board.
  • When mopping an open area work in a figure of eight making sure that you overlap the strokes each time.
  • Turn the mop head over frequently as you mop in order to avoid a build-up of the dirt on the mop head.
  • Leave the floor to dry. Close windows and doors previously opened.


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