- If you have a rag mop, mopping in a tight horizontal figure of eight will work best, as this doesn’t leave any bits behind that you might have missed when sweeping or vacuuming.
- Periodically shake out your rag mop over the bin if required.
- If you have a sponge mop, clean like you would vacuum – in vertical lines.
- If you come across any trouble spots that the mop won’t clean, don’t worry; you can go over those later with a cloth.
Floor Cleaning Safety
If you have children or pets, it’s likely you’ll have to clean your floors more often than most, but you will also have to be more careful about the products and methods you use. Toddlers and pets often lay on the floor, touching it with bare skin – and yes, they may even eat off the floor! It’s important, therefore, to make sure that your floors are clean, but you should also use the least toxic products available, so as not to endanger your child or pet. Many floor cleaning products are wonderful at eradicating grime, but can cause irritation if they come directly into contact with skin. Be sure to check the labels of your floor cleaning products for the safety guide. If you’re advised to use gloves when handling a product, your baby’s feet shouldn’t be walking in it! Be sure to rinse floors thoroughly after you mop.