Witchcraft - Superstition - Marketing Smoke? - Cleaning That Works In 2021

Part I: Hardwood Cleaning Equipment

What Doesn't Work


First of all slop mops … or bucket mops … are not appropriate for most residential situations and even in many commercial environments where a clean and shiny (VCT for example) floor is desirable.

Slop mops are, however, effective for mass cleaning of very nasty situations such as vomit and large areas that are not shiny showroom like surfaces.

A big fat cluster of nylon strings are put in a bucket of cleaner/water applied to floor then the mop is squeezed out to remove as much dirty residue as possible.  Sound great but the same bucket of cleaner is exposed to the dirt every time the mop is reapplied resulting in smearing dirty residue back on floor.  If you change the bucket water often enough to prevent this you would never finish.

Another note…  the sheer volume of water hitting your hardwood floor will test your polyurethane protection coat… If it’s degraded or has none on it (some call it “wax” but it’s actually polyurethane) you could damage the floor.

What Works


Microfiber Mops are still misunderstood.  Worst case scenario is using one from a Dollar Type Store that is flimsy, has microfiber pads that are low quality and don’t absorb dirt/residue and not having enough so you are effectively using a dirty pad to smear residue on the floor just like in a slop mop.

But there are great professional versions from Rubbermaid and all the big companies that make those nasty slop mops.  A professional version is available at your local janitorial supply store or on websites such as Direct Mop Sales which our janitorial and maid service both buy from.

Just make sure you use the rule of one pad (replace) every 100 or so square feet depending on how dirty the floor is.  Try and get colored pads and use – for example – only red pads in bathrooms to avoid accidental cross contamination.

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