The floors in your home attract the dust, food, dirt, and scraps that don’t make it into your bin, so it’s very important to regularly give them a clean – particularly your kitchen floor. Kitchen floors quickly become soiled, so they require the most attention. Vacuuming and mopping are key parts of this process. Here’s how to mop the kitchen floor.
How to mop a floor: what you’ll need
- A vacuum, or a broom and a dustpan and brush
- Rubber gloves
- A mop for floor cleaning – either a rag or a sponge type
- A mop bucket
- Floor cleaning solution and water
How to mop a tile floor in 5 steps
- Begin by vacuuming or sweeping the area. It’s more difficult to mop if there are food or dirt particles on the floor. Always tidy up the area first.
- Put safety first. Snap on those handy rubber gloves and check the label on the back of your floor cleaning product for the safety information.
- Fill your mop bucket. Mix hot water and an appropriate amount of floor cleaning solution, according to the directions on the label.
- Start mopping! Plunge your mop in, wring it out, and get to work!
- Rinse the floor. Once you’re finished mopping kitchen floor tiles, make sure you give the floor an extra rinse. This is easily done by washing out the mop you’ve just used (or using a dedicated ‘rinsing’ mop) and going over the area again with plain water.
Remember to read the product’s label beforehand and wear gloves to avoid direct contact with the skin.
Best way to clean kitchen floor: some tips
- If you have a rag mop, the best mopping technique is to mop in a tight horizontal figure of eight, as this doesn’t leave behind any bits 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.
How to clean tile floors: safety advice
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 products for cleaning floors are great for eradicating grime but can cause irritation if they come directly into contact with skin, so be sure to:
- Check the labels of your floor cleaning products for the safety guide
- Wear gloves when handling a product
- Rinse floors thoroughly after you mop.