To Mop or Not to Mop…
There seems to be a few schools of thought when it comes to cleaning hard floors…The Steam Moppers, the swivel Moppers, and the Mop and Bucketers…I am the latter.
I have tried Steam Mops. But I just can’t, for some reason love them. They sound so great, but the reality of my experience was not like on TV…lol The cord is a pain, and the floors do not dry instantly like I was lead to believe…So I have gone back to the Mop and Bucket.
The swivel mops and spray mops are great, but I find them better for only quick mops, and not for when you want a really thorough job…This is my fav spray mop…It is the Sabco from Bunnings. You can find out more about my love of this mop here…
I have found it is the actual Mop and Bucket that makes the difference to beautifully clean floors. Good quality ones last forever as well.
I use a commercial cleaning mop head. They are bigger and heavier. The handle is much longer and easier to use once you get the hang of it, as opposed to the ones from the Supermarket.
I also use one of those buckets you step onto a pedal to wring out the water. This is the actual one I use…
If your mop is wrung out well, you get less streaks, and the floor will dry quickly. It is harder work, as you kinda have to scrub the floor with the mop. A little tip – I have found if you twirl the mop, so that when it lands on the floor the mop is spread out in a circular pattern, it makes the job easier. Flex your stomach muscles when you mop, so you don’t get a sore back.
I call this method of mopping ‘Dry Mopping’. It is also much better for your wood floors, as too much water can warp the boards over time. It is also best to use hot water, as it helps the floors dry quicker.
Also, don’t just let your mop dry out after each use. Put it in a Bra Bag, and wash in the washing machine, then hang to dry in the sun, and it will stay in really great condition for ages:)
As far as the products…I use about 1ml of NeatFreak Lemon Oil, with a big splash of Vinegar.
There are some products on the market that contain a polish. Sure they make the floor really beautiful, but you do have to strip them regularly with another product or they get really dull.
So I prefer a product with no polish.
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