How To Mop A Floor Correctly | Pro Tips For You

Cleaning is the most important duty to make your lovely home remain healthy for your beloved members. Everyday cleaning wipes out dirt, debris, and allergens, so make sure you are doing this task properly. Whenever it is time to clean, mopping is the best and easiest way. 

Most of us still follow the traditional damp mopping and this is the best for all types of flooring. But it is important to consider the floor type otherwise, it will damage the floor. So this article will teach how you start mopping a floor correctly.  

Mopping on different floor types

Damp mopping is great for vinyl sheet flooring, ceramic, and tiles. But it is not ideal for wood floor, laminated, cord, or bamboo. So before starting the mopping and cleaning, let’s find out which floor requires which type of mopping. 

  • Hardwood: if you have a hardwood floor then it must be finished with polyurethane or wax and you can use damp mop once a week; if there is no wax finish then skip damp mopping. For cleaning the hardwood, you can use a mild soap or pH-neutral soap with water. Avoid any type of acidic product as it can damage wood floors over time. 
  • Vinyl: usually, the vinyl floor is waterproof, so you can mop every day whenever it is dirty. The best cleaning solution for this surface is apple cider vinegar with water. This solution disinfects the home and removes dirt without leaving residue. 
  • Laminate: the laminate floor is very delicate so you should mop it once a week. Don’t use any commercial product with water, it can damage the polish. 
  • Linoleum: Linoleum and vinyl are relatively the same and they are water-resistant. You can use milder soap for the linoleum floor. 
  • Ceramic tile: you can use any type of cleanser on this floor. White vinegar and water especially make an effective and non-toxic solution for odor-eliminating and cleaning. This floor is great for children and pets.
  • Stone tile: in stone tile, avoid bleach, vinegar, and ammonia, as it can react with the minerals in the stone and damage it, even a small amount can make a visible spot on the floor. Use a pH-neutral and non-chelating cleaner for stone tie

How to mop a floor correctly?

It is important to manage the right cleanser before starting mopping. However, it seems very easy to mop the floor. But do you get the right cleansing? For this reason, you should maintain a process to make it effective. Before starting mopping things you will need:

  1. Broom or vacuum
  2. Mop
  3. Two buckets
  4. Mopping detergent or homemade cleaning solution
  5. Rag
  6. Sponge 

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: pick up a suitable mop and bucket

Again, the different floors require different mop types. Which floor has a lot of texture like ceramic tile floor, you can use the classic mop or strip mop. Or in the case of other wood-type floors, the sponge mop will work best. Moreover, it would be better if you pick buckets with built-in wringers so that you can wring easily the string mop. And if you have a spring mop any type of bucket will do the work. 

Step 2: Sweep the floor

Before mopping, sweep the whole area or you can use the vacuum. If you remove the dirt, there will be no residue after mopping. So thoroughly clean all the floor. 

Step 3: Clean the spots 

To prevent sticky and greasy mess on the floor, you need to pre-wash them. If you catch any clammy smudges while wiping or vacuuming the floor, you need to clean the spots. Use a sponge and cleaning detergent to clean the spots. 

Step 4: Prepare the cleaning solution

When you are ready with your mop, you need to prepare the cleaning solution. Mix a suitable amount of cleaning detergent with hot water. Hot water works better in cleaning than cold or lukewarm water. Never use a double amount of detergent to boost the cleaning power; most times, it damages the floor and leaves a strong residue and smell. Moreover, extra concentrated water makes it harder to rinse. So follow the measurement on the detergent label. 

Step 5: Rinse and wring the mop

Rinse thoroughly the mop into the water solution and wring out the excess water. Make sure the mop is damp enough. If the mop is dripping too much water, it can dramatically increase the time of drying. 

Step 6: Mop in Section

Start mopping the floor from one side to another and divide the room into sections to clean the floor effectively. Keep mopping in backward motion as you are standing in an unmopped area. When you are using the sponge mop, use it in straight lines, and for string, the mop uses a  figure-8 motion. 

Step 7: Work on stubborn spots

When you notice stubborn spots on the floor, work on the stains. Rub with back and forth motion to clean up the spots and apply downward pressure to remove the tough spots. If it is harder stains then use a sponge and detergent to remove it.

Step 8: Again mop the spotted area

After cleaning the spots, rinse the mop and thoroughly wipe the spotted area. Then rinse the mop into the bucket and wait for some time, you will see much darker water is coming out. 

Step 9: Change the cleaning water

After cleaning the whole room with water and detergent solution, then change the bucket with another batch of clean water. At this point, you don’t need to add the detergent. Repeat the mopping process in a similar section. When you see the water is visibly gray in color, change the water and refill the bucket with clean water. Final rinsing is important to clean the detergent residue. 

Step 10: Let Dry the floor

When you are done with mopping, let the floor dry without foot traffic. Open the windows and doors to dry them naturally. A ceiling fan will dry the floor quicker. 

Final tip

After mopping, it is important to clean the mop and bucket and hang the mop to dry out. If you do not dry the mop, it will become stink because of the dirt and grime.

Always dump the mopping water into the toilet. Never rinse the dirt in the kitchen where you prepare food. 

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

  1. How often should I mop the floor?

Mopping times depend on the foot traffic of your home. If the floor has a dirty mess, then you should mop it regularly. Mopping is essential to keep clean the floors so the best time is when it looks like it needs. In case if you have wood flooring, then damp mopping once a week will be best for the floor finish. 

  • Should I rinse the Floor a second time?

Most of us make this common mistake while mopping. People neglect to mop for the second time. But it is necessary to clean the detergent residue. Moreover, it helps to get the expected cleaning. To make it easy, start cleaning with two buckets of water: one bucket with water and detergent and the other is clean water. 

  • Can you mop with just water?

Sometimes it is unusually suited to use the plain water to mop. But if the floor has sticky debris, you should use detergent. Besides, make sure you use detergent at least once a weak. 


Mopping a floor is a straightforward task. Following the steps, you can remove all the dirt and grime from the floor. Though many prefer homemade cleaning solutions with vinegar, lemon, or so on. At the same time, they are effective and budget-friendly. However, the commercial products also work well on stains and remove odor. So use the suitable cleaning solution and mop to achieve the desired cleansing.

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