How to Use a Microfiber Mop to Quickly Clean Your Floors

A microfiber mop makes it incredibly easy to clean your floors quickly and effectively. With microfiber mops, you can clean almost any hard surface in your facility, from tile and concrete to hardwood and linoleum. 

Benefits of Using a Microfiber Mop

There are two main advantages of using a microfiber mop: (1) you won’t need to haul a heavy bucket of water to the mopping location, and (2) you won’t need any chemicals

All you have to do is run the microfiber cloth under water for a few seconds until the cloth is damp. Then you’re ready to clean the floors.

Dry Dust Mopping

Another advantage of using a microfiber mop is that you might not even have to get the mop wet. This way of mopping is known as dry dust mopping. You use the mop to sweep any hard surface with the fibers displacing and removing crumbs, dust, hair, dirt and other solid particles. 

You need to ensure that you are using the correct mop pad while dry mopping. Otherwise, you won’t be able to remove those solid particles, and you might further stain your floors. 

Most manufacturers offer multipurpose pads for dry dust mopping, but you should consider purchasing special dusting pads for this function. The fibers in the dusting pads are noticeably longer than those in standard multipurpose pads, so they are capable of trapping more solid dirt particles. 

When your dry dust mopping is complete, just detach the microfiber pad and empty all the particles into the trash. To clean the pad, you can rinse it in warm water or put it in a washing machine. 

Wet Mopping With a Microfiber Mop

Wet mopping with a microfiber mop can offer deeper cleaning than dry mopping. To wet mop, remove the mop pad and rinse it under running water. Reattach the mop pad and start cleaning your floor. A chemical cleaner is unnecessary, but depending on your business needs or your preference, you can use one. 

If the mop pad gets too dirty before you’re done cleaning, detach it and clean it in warm water before reattaching it and resuming cleaning. Continuing to clean with a dirty mop pad will spread the pre-existing dirt around instead of absorbing the remaining dirt.

Wet mopping will remove different types of debris from your floors—the solid particles mentioned above, footprints, liquid spills, scuff marks and all kinds of stains. Your floors will be significantly cleaner after wet mopping with a microfiber mop. 

When you’re done wet mopping, you can simply wash the microfiber cloth, or you can put it in a washing machine. If you opt for the latter, make sure not to throw the pad in with your regular laundry because the motion of the washing machine will release the accumulated dirt onto your other clothes and linens. 

For drying, it is better to air-dry the mop pad than to put it in a dryer. If you do put it in the dryer, use a low heat setting. High heat can damage the microfiber pad.

Cleaning Effectively With Microfiber Mops

When choosing the right type of microfiber mop for your business, you should know that manufacturers typically offer a variety of pads. If your facility needs only dry mopping, be sure you only buy dry mopping pads because the longer fibers trap more dust and dirt between them. 

Furthermore, most mop pads are made to be cleaned in normal water, so be careful about using chemicals when you clean. Some microfiber pads can withstand exposure to chemicals, but some are not designed for that. If you combine those pads with cleaning solutions, you may damage them.

Having a clean, safe floor is important for everyone, from your customers to your employees. Alsco offers a variety of floor cleaning products, including microfiber mops and floor mats, to make your floors presentable and welcoming for everyone who walks through your doors. Contact us today to learn how we can help you keep your business clean.


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