Last Updated on December 1, 2021 by Samantha Morgan
The wet mop is a great cleaning tool. It can be used to clean the floor, the kitchen table, and even your own little kid’s bathroom. But what do you do with it when you are done? How should someone store their wet mop?
What to Do After Using a Wet Mop
When a wet mop is used, it should be wrung out and hung to dry. A damp mop will not dry quickly and will make its way down the walls of a room, leaving streaks. It is best to hang the mop by the handle from a nail in the wall to ensure that water drains from it.
How to Store Wet Mop for a Long Time
Wet mops can be a problem when storing them. First, you should rinse the mop after use to avoid any allergic reactions from mold spores.
Next, take an old towel and fold the wet mop in half with the handle sticking out one end of the towel. Roll up the towel around the mop until it is tightly compacted into a cylindrical shape.
Types of Wet Mops
Mops are used to clean floors, and to wipe either wet or liquid substances on the floor. There are three common types of wet mops depending on the choice of work or desires. These are Cut end wet mop head, Looped end wet mop head, and Microfiber wet mop head.
Cut end wet mop head
Cut-end wet mop heads are the most common type of mops because they are the least expensive and can be easily disposed of. End wet mops easily absorb liquids (absorbent) but can be used to cover a limited space. They are not durable and cannot be laundered.
Looped wet mop head
Looped wet mop heads are considered as the type of wet mops that have a moderate price and are durable. This quality of looped wet mops makes it more accepted by users than cut-end wet mops heads.
Looped wet mops easily prevent the unraveling of thread across the mopped surfaces. They are washed by machine apart from other products such as cotton and poly cotton looped wet mops types.
Microfiber wet mop head
Microfiber wet mop head is the best type of wet mop. They are made from polyester and polyamide for easy collection of specks of dirt until they are washed.
They can be used multiple times without degrading. They are hypoallergenic to users. Microfiber wet mops usually absorb liquid up to seven times its normal weight.
Microfiber wet mops are lightweight and are not designed to handle heavy cleaning works.
There are various wet mop accessories to ensure proper organization, cleaning, and convenience for the safety of the users.
Wet mop accessories are mop buckets, wet floors signals, mops, and broom racks and mop handles.
Colored coded wet mops heads have some cleaning advantages due to their excellent ability to prevent contamination of other surfaces by gems and bacteria.
Bear in mind that, the process of storing dry mops is different.
Care and Storage of Dirty wet mops
Mops are effective tools for cleaning the surface (floors) with a clothed mouth attached to a wooden or steel long-handle.
Wet mop heads are exposed to germs and bacteria if not properly washed and maintained before and after use.
Thus, there is a need for proper cleaning, maintenance, and storage of wet mops. Wet dirty mops are mops that are used as well as mops that are not yet washed after use.
- Dirty wet mop must be properly cleaned, maintained, and stored before, during, and after use to avoid gems and to prolong its durability.
- Before use, properly clean the head of the mop in warm water, to ensure any leftover chemicals are rinsed out. This cleaning before use is done to avoid and reduce the risk of contamination of chemicals carried from previous mopped surfaces which can be of great hazard to the new environment or the users.
- Avoid twisting of mops head when dipped in the mop wringer to prevent landboarding of waters
- Always strive to take good care of the Mops after each use. After use, the wet mops head should be washed with soap and rinsed in clean water. With this, the Mop will be devoid of germs and all forms of dirt.
- After mopping, spend some time soaking the dirty wet mop head in warm water for some minutes before proper cleansing and rinsing of the mop. Also, this is done to prevent the dirty mop head from contaminated chemicals.
- Never leave dirty mop head in water over a long period or overnight. If you do this, then you are simply turning your Mop into a breeding place for germs. The Mop when left inside water for a long time can breed bacteria, mold, or mildew. It can also weaken the strength of the mop fibers.
- After proper washing and cleaning, drying processes, store the wet mop by hanging it with its head up to prevent the mop head from forming mold.
- Never use bleaching agents when using or washing microfiber wet mop. The use of bleach can quickly damage the fibers. To this effect, disinfectants are hereby recommended for washing microfiber wet mops and other types of wet mop heads. You can try to soften the mop head from time to time to avoid these.
- Washed wet mops can be placed outside the doors to get them dried in the sun.
- Avoid storing wet mops heads in a closed space such as cupboards, sacks, or even in a small room. Wet mops should be left stored in a well-spacious and ventilated environment.
- Avoid keeping wet mops head inside the mop buckets or storing them against the floor.
- Proper washing of wet mops helps to prolong their lives. Don’t rush! Spend ample time scrubbing the mop.
- When washing through the use of a laundry machine, it is advisable to remove the dirty wet mop head to ensure proper washing, cleaning and to prevent the mop handle from being destroyed.
Procedure for Proper Mopping
- Proper arrangement of intended mopping areas.
- Sweep the Intend mopping area lightly before mopping.
- Open the windows or doors to allow natural air circulation in the mopped areas or air conditioning as the case may be.
- Always place caution signals around when mopping to avoid accidents
- Avoid wet mopping. Mop in a way to ensure that the area mopped will get dried easily
- Mop any area in the ‘figure 8’ pattern to ensure proper cleaning of the area mopped
- After mopping, remove all caution signals and arrange the mopped areas
- Use the appropriate type of wet mop head for a designated area.
Wet mops are effective tools in ensuring a clean and dirt-free area. The need to know the procedure to mop, the types of wet mops available, and proper cleaning, maintenance, and storage of wet mops is paramount.
The ways dirty mop needs to be cleaned before and after use are carefully explained with the right procedure to store in a place devoid of germs and bacteria of any kind through the use of wet mops.
Hence, it is hereby concluded that dirty wet mops are not to be kept in a dirty state. Always strive to keep wet mops clean at all times.