How Often Do You Need To Mop Your Floors?

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Keeping your home in tip-top shape can be a struggle, and sometimes it’s hard to know how often you should be deep cleaning to maintain that sparkle—especially when it comes to your floors. Below, we’ve asked an expert for their take on how often you actually need to mop your floors, what are the best mopping practices, and what to look for when shopping for a great mop.

How Often Do You Need To Mop Your Floors?

According to Jorge Leiva, owner of Bee Maids House Cleaning Services in Houston, Texas, there's no one answer to this question that fits everyone. But as a rule of thumb, you should mop your floors at least once a week—especially in areas that are more likely to get stains from drips and spills, like the kitchen and bathroom. “Of course, you need to vacuum or sweep the floor before mopping,” explains Leiva. “And depending on how clean you want to keep your home, you may need to do it more often than once a week.”

Another thing to consider is how many people you live with—the more people you have in your home, the more traffic you'll have on your floors. However, mopping your floors should be focused on keeping them clean as often as there are visible signs of dirtiness, rather than frequency, explains Leiva. “In our business, we had a client that we visited twice per week (Tuesday and Friday), and their floors were terrible each and every time,” he says. “On the other hand, we had a couple that we visited every other week, and their floors were immaculate—I'm sure that lady touched up her floors between visits.”

Tips for Mopping

It's important to sweep or vacuum your floors before mopping them. “This will help ensure that you're not just spreading around dirt and germs,” explains Leiva. “Use a flat-head mop and several mop pads—many people use a mop wringer to mop the floors, but this can actually end up making the problem worse."

Tips for Extending Time Between Mop Sessions

Make sure you regularly sweep or vacuum floors before mopping. “This will help to ensure that your floors are clean and free of any debris that could potentially damage your flooring,” explains Leiva. “Pick up any bread crumbs, hair, etc., as soon as you see them—this will help to keep your floors looking clean and tidy.”

Clean up any drips as soon as they happen, as this will help to prevent any water damage to your floors. “Keep two doormats per entrance—one outside your door and one inside as a double layer of protection against unwanted debris,” explains Leiva. “This will help to keep your floors clean and free of dirt and dust.”

What To Look for When Purchasing a New Mop

According to Leiva, there are many people who use disposable mop pads. However, he doesn’t believe that they are the best option. “They can only be used once, which makes them not very cost-effective,” he explains. “They also aren't good for the environment.”

Instead, Leiva recommends microfiber mop pads. “The microfiber material is great for picking up and holding dirt, leaving your hard surface flooring sparkling and streak-free,” he says. “You can use it effectively with plain water, or use a cleaner designed for your floors.

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