2 REASONS WHY YOUR FLOORS REMAIN DIRTY AFTER CLEANING Many cleaners spray a lot of floor soap because they believe "wet equals clean." Because they believe "wet equals clean," they fail to rinse out their mop pad, resulting in a mop pad that is completely soaked with unclean water. As a result, unclean water dries back onto the floor.
In addition, most people don't dry their mops properly after use so they remain wet and cause additional soilage on the floor.
The best way to keep your floor clean is by using a cleaner that contains a high percentage of detergent. This will remove any dirt or debris that may have been missed during your regular cleaning routine. After washing your floor, make sure to dry it thoroughly or let the moisture from your shower or bath drip off of it for at least 30 minutes before proceeding with the next step.
You have a wonderful clean, new pail of water when you first start mopping a floor. However, when you wring the dirt out of the mop and into the bucket, the water becomes less clean. The dirtier your water becomes, the more you mop. That's the same water you're still trying to clean with. Sticky floors are caused by dirty water. As soon as you get enough dirt in the water so that it begins to clog up the pores of the wood, then you will need to change or replace it.
Here are some other causes of sticky floors: old glue from tiles or carpet, fat in urine, chocolate syrup, fruit juice, honey, molasses, peanut butter, salad dressings, soft drinks, soup, tea, tomato sauce, vinegar, and wine. All of these things can be cleaned off of the floor but not all at once. They tend to stick together. If you don't wash them off immediately, they will create more dust particles than what is safe for your family to breathe in.
The best way to keep floors clean is with regular cleaning. Use a good quality broom with soft bristles and a plastic bag to collect all debris that is swept up. You should also wash your mop regularly. A full tank of water is always better than an empty one, which means fewer trips back and forth between the bathroom and kitchen floor.
3 Improper cleaning solution and filthy water: Sticky floors can be caused by using the incorrect floor cleanser. That's the same water you're currently attempting to clean with, but it's making the floor sticky. Instead, use a cleaner designed for wood floors or call a professional cleaner.
4 Corrosion: If there is iron in your drinking water, it will cause your wood floors to become sticky. This can happen if you live in an area that has hard water and require expensive water treatment systems to clean. You may also have this problem if you have an old plumbing system that contains iron pipes.
5 Bacteria: If there is bacteria present in your water, it will cause your wood floors to become sticky. You may also have this problem if you have an old plumbing system that leaks. Leaky pipes will allow bacteria to enter your home and create sticky floors.
6 Wax: If there is wax present on your wood floors, it will cause them to become sticky. This could happen if you have a car wash business and don't remove the excess wax before washing cars. Or it could happen if you use a homemade cleaner instead of a commercial product.
Dry mopping, similar to sweeping, collects dust, grime, crumbs, and other debris from the floor. Wet mopping is useful for removing spills, stains, and caked-on dirt that a dry mop cannot remove.
The key difference between dry mopping and sweeping is the medium through which it passes. With sweeping, all surfaces of the room are swept simultaneously, while with dry mopping, only the surface being cleaned exceeds the width of a standard broom. Therefore, you will need to do more dry mopping in large rooms than small ones.
Dry mopping is a good alternative to vacuuming if you have carpets or other flooring types that are sensitive to vacuum cleaners. It also does not leave a residue such as oil or gasoline on wood floors. Finally, dry mopping does not spread contaminants into the air.
You will need: a mop, a cloth, and water.
1. Choose a Mop You Will Be Happy To Use Every Time
First, choose a mop you will be happy to use every time. There are two main types of mops: soft and hard. A soft mop uses cotton or linen fibers that can get tangled up in the rug if not handled with care.