Believe it or not, there’s more to cleaning floors than you might think. The floor is a home’s biggest and most-used surface. It gets dirty often, and from hardwood floors to linoleum, maintaining a prim and proper floor not only lifts the mood in the home and makes it a much better place to live in, but it also keeps you and your family safe from slipping on a dried spill, getting sick, or attracting critters.
Anyone can give a floor a simple once-over, but to truly get into a floor’s nooks and crannies and giving it that deep clean it desperately needs, you’ll need a proper cleaning game plan. Too much wet mopping is a waste of time and resources, which is why dry mopping has its place in the world. However, there are quite a few things that a good old dry mopping simply cannot tackle, and this is where wet mopping has to jump in to save the day (and your floors).
A good dry mopping can buffer up your floors and get rid of little specks of dirt and bacteria in a way that wet mops can’t. That and it prevents accidental slips – 540,000 a year, apparently – which, especially in the work place, can lead to some expensive consequences as Green in Hygiene explains.
Optimize your floor plan – your floor cleaning plan that is – by knowing what’s what in the world of mopping and sweeping.
Introducing the Dust Mop
A dust mop is pretty much exactly that: a mop that mops up dust. However, unlike traditional wet mops, dust or dry mops don’t use water at all. But they’re also different from rags, and far more efficient than a moist rag. The difference is in their use of modern fiber engineering.
Specifically, the secret behind most dust mops is that they’re made of microfibers. These are different from most natural or synthetic fibers in that they’re a synthetic fiber made to be so small that the fibers catch and trap as much as 99 percent of all bacteria. It sounds like an exaggeration, but it isn’t. To put it into perspective, a single square inch of microfiber has 200,000 fibers. Each one is about 1/100th the width of a human hair.
According to Explain That Stuff, this is all a matter of mechanical cleaning. Microfibers are smaller than nearly all bacteria and a number of viruses, and as such, they help catch and trap these during cleaning. The one percentile of germs that doesn’t get picked up is even smaller than that, approaching nanometer levels of size.
So, even without chemicals, microfibers are antibacterial, but not all microfibers are made equally. A quality dry mop from Fuller will have a better capacity to pick up dirt, dust and allergens than a much cheaper and mass-produced variety. The key lies in picking up products that carry proper certification.
However, stains and spills are still a wet mop’s territory. After a while, some water and detergent can go a long way to making a home smell much better. However, as Wellness Mama points out, microfiber works well when wet, so go for a microfiber wet mop!