Mops are one of the most important accessories in a household since they take care of everyday cleanliness.
While regular sweeping or vacuum does get rid of the majority of the dirt, cleaning your floors with a mop is probably the most efficient way.
However, this superb cleaning tool also demands and deserves a cleaning of itself.
Let’s go through some ways of maintenance of a clean mop.
Clean Robot Mops
Robot mops are one of the most amazing cleaning devices invented to date.
They do not require any such labor but all you need to do in order to get yourself a clean environment is to leave them on the floor and allow them to do their magic.
However, once your robot mop has been hard at work, you might notice it needs some cleaning too.
In order to clean the robot mop, there are some basic and easy steps you can follow.
Rinse the Water Tank: Empty the water tank of the robot mop, put some warm water in it, close the cap and shake it for a while. Open the cap and throw the water out. Repeat the rinsing process twice.
Now, turn the robot upside and remove the jet pads that are placed under the robot.
Take a clean damp cloth and wipe the entire body of the robot mop.
Remove any litter that may have gathered around the wheels of the robot mob.
Finally, wash the cloth pad like any other clothing item, i.e. Hand-wash or machine wash.
Clean Spin Mops
A spin mop head can be cleaned by both manually or by washing it in a washing machine. However, in order to completely get rid of germs and other bacteria and the odor that builds up, it is recommended to clean it with detergent backed by using some additional home hacks. Sometimes, simple cleaning is not enough. You need to disinfect mops for proper cleaning.
Follow these steps to get the best results.
Take a handful of detergent or a tablespoon of dish soap. Add a tablespoon of baking soda along with two tablespoons of synthetic vinegar. This mixture of ingredients will remove any dirt along with the odor from your spin mop head.
Mix the ingredients in the water tub of the spin mop and add enough water for the mop head to completely submerge in the mixture.
Now dip the mop head without removing it from the rod and spin away.
Leave the mop head as it is for about 20 minutes.
Rinse out the tub and repeat the process with clean water. Repeat this rinse thrice and dry the mop in the sieved bucket each time.
Clean Steam Mops
Steam mops are a tad bit different as compared to the generic types of mops. Generally, they are used when you are keen on not using any kind of harsh chemicals to get your floors clean.
In order to clean your steam mops, please follow the following steps:
You should unplug the machine from the power outlet. If you had been using the machine for a while, let the mop pad and its lower parts cool down for at least 15-20 minutes before starting the cleaning process.
Since a steam pop consists of a vessel, always remember to drain the vessel completely after you are done cleaning your floors. This saves your mops from all kinds of corrosion.
Steam Mops come with mop pads. After every use, you should wash them and replace them with a spare mop pad to increase the life of your pads.
You can soak the mop pads with some laundry detergent and baking soda. The mixture of baking soda and laundry detergent helps remove the dirt.
After washing the pads, you should hang them outside to dry-off and then store.
Cleaning the vessel is as important as cleaning the mop pads. The insides of the tank should be wiped and cleaned by a clean, moist, soft cloth with warm water.
Clean Wet Mops
Your wet mops may not have fancy mechanisms like the others, but they get the job done just fine.
However, their maintenance is as crucial as any other mop you have. Some wet mops have detachable mop heads and others cannot be detached. Cleaning a mop increase its durability.
The following are a few tips and tricks to help you get a clean mop every time before every use.
After every use, rinse your wet mop head under clean, warm water. Then let it dry in a well-ventilated area or under the sun. Avoid storing the mop head unless it has completely dried.
After every five uses, soak your mop head in a bucket of warm soapy water for about 20 minutes. Rinse out the mop several times and let it dry in a ventilated area or preferably under the sun. Again, do not store it without making sure that the mop has completely dried out.
If the mop head is removable, making it easy on yourself and toss it in the machine, like another clothing item. Use a good detergent. After washing, make sure to hang it to dry out completely, again, preferably under the sun.
Clean Sponge Mops
A sponge mop is one of the most widely used types of mops as it can be re-used the most as compared to other types of mops. The mop head on a sponge mop is extremely reuse-friendly and supports regular cleaning.
To clean your sponge mops, you are recommended to follow the following steps:
You should fill a bucket with hot water and add some dish detergent or floor detergent in the water.
Soak your sponge mop, ensuring that the mop-head goes first, into the bubbly-water. Wring the mop-head inside the water, so the soapy water reaches every side of the mop-head.
After that, wring out the sponge mop head if your sponge mope head has a wringing mechanism, then put the mop-head back in the water. This process helps completely remove the dirt and bacteria off it.
Then rinse the mop head under cool, running water. This will ensure that any residuals of dirt or bacteria are washed off from the mop head.
Lastly, lay your mop in the sunlight for it to dry-off. Sunlight is necessary to ensure there is no unwanted smell when you store your sponge mop. Also, read my another post on cleaning stinky mops.
Like any of your other home essentials, your cleaning tools deserve as much care and maintenance. If provided, only then can they keep your house spick and span. Thus it is of utmost importance for you to ensure that your cleaning mops are clean, neat, odorless, and germ-free.