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Floor & Surface Cleaning

Floor Cleaning Strategies: How to Mop Kitchen Floors

Cleaning your kitchen floor needn't be time consuming. This article includes strategies to help you mop and vacuum your floors with ease!

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. Below are some strategies to help make cleaning your floor easier and more effective.

How to Mop a Tile Floor: Essential Products

  • 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 the Kitchen Floor

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Fill your mop bucket. Mix hot water and an appropriate amount of floor cleaning solution, according to the directions on the label.
  4. Start mopping! Plunge your mop in, ring it out, and get to work!
  5. Rinse the floor. Once you’re finished mopping, make sure you give the floor an extra rinse – especially if you have kids or pets. 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.

The Best Way to Clean a Floor

  • 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.
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  • 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 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. 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.

Top Tip


Cif products can make cleaning floors a whole lot easier! When mopping, remember to wring out the mop regularly to avoid excess water damaging the floor or extending its drying time. Remember to read the product’s label beforehand, and test any new products in a small area first.

Key Steps:

  1. Vacuum or sweep the floor before you begin mopping.
  2. Always follow the safety instructions on your cleaning product’s label.
  3. Remember to rinse the floor with fresh water once you have finished mopping.