How to clean your mop and prevent odour

This is my nightmare as when I go for my mop it always smells and is dirty. I am sure that my

partner thinks fairy’s come and clean the mop and bucket. Everyone should know to always

clean your cleaning tools after you clean. A common concern about mopping is it effectiveness.

Mops are great tools for keeping the floor washed and clean. Mops especially get very dirty but

rarely get cleaned.

Does anybody in Ireland clean their mops and buckets anymore? A lot of people forget to clean

them after they have used them.

Follow my easy cleaning guide to make any kind of mop a clean mop.

1.Rinse and Soak

My best advise is to always clean your mop and bucket after each use. Start by rinsing out the mop until

the water runs completely clear. Then place the mop in a bucket containing two gallons of hot roasting

water and a cup of bleach. Leave the mop soak for 10 minutes then rinse again. Finally hang it out to

dry. My mother and grandmother always cleaned their mop heads using water and a cup of vinegar.

Make sure to rinse out the mop fully you don’t want to be mixing chemicals.

Main warnings:

- Do not leave a mop soaking for too long. Too much warmth and moisture often means

mould and bacteria will appear.

- If you do soak your mop in bleach make sure that it is out of children reach and that they

can’t get access to the bucket with the bleach.

- Always store the mop away when it is completely dry. Otherwise the mop might get


2. Dishwashers

If your mop has a removable head, do the easy way take off the head and put it in the dishwasher and clean it. Make sure that the mop head is put on an empty shelf in the dishwasher. When the cycle is over squeeze out the excess water from the mop head and hang it up to dry.

3. Washing Machine

Just in case you don’t have a dishwasher you can also use the washing machine to clean your mop heads. When the cycle is over squeeze out the excess water from the mop head and hang them up to dry.

4. Dry Mop Heads

To clean a dry mop all you need to do is take it outside and shake it off until its clean. This removes loose particles and dust. If that doesn’t work clean the mop with warm soapy water and rinse off and hang it out to dry.

A clean mop means a cleaner house. Just by cleaning your mop makes a huge difference for your floor. By cleaning your mop after every use your going to stop spreading germs.

I sometimes vacuum my mop as you will never know what is on your mop. If you have a steam mop the easiest is to take off the pads and stick them in the washing machine. Most steam mops have removable fabrics that are easy to maintain. Wash the pad in normal cycle and put out to dry.

Exactly when you need to replace your mop will depend on how often you use it. Mop heads usually last about three months. If your mop still smells after you clean it then my advice is to bin that mop and get a new one immediately.

Mopping advise:

To keep your house clean, you may want to consider mopping with two buckets. Keep plain water for rinsing one bucket.

A dirty mop can re-deposit dirt into your grout and debris can scratch hardwood floors. Keep your tools in tip-top shape for the best cleaning results.

Chlorine bleach is the number-one household disinfectant because it works. Put it to work by mixing a cup of bleach in 3 gallons of hot water and immersing your odorous cleaning implement the mop in it for about 15 minutes. After the solution has had a change to circulate through the strings, hang the mop in a dry location and let it air dry. To prevent a recurrence, always hang the mop don't let the strings rest on the ground for an extended period, because that encourages moisture to form underneath.

Do not use bleach on sponge mops or synthetic mops. It will cause the materials to degrade. Instead, try the vinegar or peroxide solutions.

Make sure you let your mop dry in an area with good ventilation, and store it safely away from children and pets.

Once mildew has taken hold, you may as well throw your mop head away as the smell will follow your mop all over your house and lead to bigger problems.

Don’t leave your mop in the bucket or sitting on the floor to dry – it needs to be upright in a well ventilated space. In 8 hours, just one bacterium on a damp cloth has been found to multiply to 6 million – imagine what’s lurking in your mop! Drying it in the sunshine can further prevent bacteria or mould growth.

Replace mop heads regularly. Even if you clean your mop head with every use, after a while it will be less able to absorb water and lift dirt effectively, which means it will need to be replaced. And if it is leaving bits of broken down mop all over your floor, it definitely needs replacing! Nobody wants to have to sweep again to pick up the tiny particles left behind after mopping.

What I like to do is have two mops and buckets. The first one for the kitchen, living room, sitting room and hallway. The second mop and bucket are just for the bathrooms. Make sue to label the buckets and mops.

With Effective Cleaning Services we will come to your houses, offices, schools and gyms with sparkling mops and buckets ready to clean. If you don’t believe me give me a call book and book a deep clean.

Now that your after cleaning the mop maybe you will clean the vacuum next

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