Is your mop spreading more grime than it cleans? It happens to the best of us. The good news is you can return your cleaning tool to its pristine condition with a thorough wash. So, grab that bucket, prepare for some mop talk, and enjoy gleaming floors again!
Step #1. Shake off the mop
Some tiny particles can hold on tighter to the mop fibers when wet, so before washing the mop, give it a good shake. This step will save you time because it will spare you the trouble of having to look for hidden dirt.
Find a suitable outdoor area, like your backyard or a balcony, and shake the mop vigorously to dislodge any particles. Alternatively, you can do this over a trash bin or your bathroom sink to avoid any unwanted messes.
Step #2. Pre-treat heavily soiled mops
For those especially stubborn stains or heavily soiled mop heads, a little pre-treatment can go a long way. To do it, soak the mop head in a bucket filled with hot water and give it a few swirls. This will loosen extra dirt and grime that could make the process troublesome down the road.
Alternatively, if you’re dealing with specific stains, like wine or pet messes, apply a stain remover directly to the affected areas and let it sit for a few minutes—always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for these cleaning products.
Step #3. Wash the mop head
Now that your mop is prepped, it’s time to give it a good bath. Fill a bucket with hot water and add a generous amount of detergent. Submerge the mop head, agitate it, and scrub it in the soapy water, making sure to clean all the strands thoroughly.
Pay special attention to any areas with stains or heavy dirt buildup. Rinse and wring out the mop several times during the process to remove dirt and detergent. Alternatively, if the mophead is detachable, you can toss it in the washing machine (except cotton and strand ones!).
Step #4. Rinse thoroughly
Even if there’s no dirt coming out of your mop, it may still have some residue. Rinse it thoroughly under running water in your bathroom sink or an outdoor faucet, squeezing and releasing the mop head to ensure all detergent is gone.
You can also use a hose to take advantage of the extra pressure and do it quickly. After rinsing, give it a few good shakes to remove excess water.
Step #5. Dry the mop properly
The best way you can dry a mop is by hanging it under the sun. If you can’t leave it outside, hang it up in a well-ventilated, non-humid area to dry completely. Avoid leaving your mop in a damp heap, as this can lead to unpleasant odors and even mold growth. Once it’s dry, your mop will be ready for action.
Extra step: store your mop in the right place
After all your efforts to clean and maintain your mop, you’ll want to store it properly to ensure its longevity. Hang your mop in a dry and well-ventilated area, and avoid leaving it on the floor to prevent any musty smell or bacteria growth.
By following these storage tips, you’ll ensure your mop stays fresh and ready for efficient cleaning whenever you need it.
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