Have you been cleaning more than usual lately? As we’ve been increasingly cooped up indoors due to COVID-19 restrictions, our behaviours have changed dramatically. As Australian supermarkets report double-digit sale increases, mainly due to an uptick in sanitising and cleaning products, the impact is clear. Regular cleaning is now on everyone’s list, as it should be. Now is a fantastic time to develop your household’s cleaning routine, and ensure you maintain it as restrictions lift.
Dusting, vacuuming and sanitising high-touch surfaces are well-known and effective methods for keeping your home clean. However, how many of us are mopping our floors? The Australian Department of Health lists damp mopping as an essential component of effective routine environmental cleaning for a reason. While mopping may not be as convenient, it’s just as important. This article will take a look at why regular mopping is so essential. We’ll also share a handy tool you can use to keep your floors regularly mopped, effortlessly!
Why Is Regular Mopping So Important?
Damp mopping is excellent for you, your family and your floor. While mopping is usually reserved for deep cleans or times of significant accidents, there’s a whole range of benefits from consistent cleaning you may not even realise. Here are a few:
Sanitise Your Floors
Your floors accumulate a lot more harmful particles and microorganisms than we realise. Germs accumulate and proliferate on hard floors, within the cracks and nooks and crannies. Dirty shoes, pets, dropped food, dust and other bacteria build up daily. While regular vacuuming can go a long way to pick up dirt - a more in-depth, damp mop is a great idea to truly sanitise your floors from all those pesky germs.
Reduce Allergies in the Home
Similarly, regular mopping minimises the spread of allergens in the air. Dust, pet fur, pollen and other antagonising microorganisms thrive indoors and can cause common allergies. If you want to reduce your symptoms, mopping alongside your usual vacuum can go a long way.
Debris can cause small scratches on your flooring. Removing this debris regularly using a soft, damp mop increases the chances your floor remains smooth and clear of imperfections.
Ensure Flooring Looks Great
Do you even remember what your tiles are supposed to look like? You’re sure they used to be a lot brighter… Uncover your home’s actual colour by regularly mopping and preventing dirt and germ buildup.
Avoid These Mistakes
Mopping your floors might seem simple, but if you want to get the most out of your efforts, then make sure to follow these three steps.
1.Clean before you mop
It’s typically a good idea to dust, sweep and vacuum before you mop. Larger debris and long hair strands don’t go well with a mop, so make sure to get rid of them first with a quick clean.
2.Mop in sections
Rinse your mop. Clean an area then wash your mop, ensuring all the dirt is rinsed away. You can then repeat the process on a new section of your floor - don’t mop an area all at once. Didn’t get all the dirt the first time? Rinse off and go again.
3.Use different solutions
Research the surfaces in your home. While most wood and tiles are washable with warm water, certain surfaces will do better with hot water. Never mop unsealed wood as the moisture can damage its condition.
Want to Make Life Easier? Use a Robot
You’ve heard of a robot vacuum, right?
Some advanced robot vacuums will also mop your home. While these robots can’t wholly replace your old-fashioned elbow-grease, they can go a long way. The real beauty of a smart-home robot vacuum cleaner and mop is the ability to program it’s cleaning behaviour using a mobile app. You can effectively automate your regular mopping!
“Get a robot vacuum with a mop and save yourself a whole bunch of cleaning time!”
Robot vacuums with a mop feature carry a water tank which you fill up when required. Modern tanks are quite large, so your robot will be able to mop most homes in one go. To complete this fantastic task, they utilise reusable mop attachments that you will need to wash and replace now and then. Get a robot vacuum with a mop and save yourself a whole bunch of cleaning time!
Roborock is a global leader in the robot vacuum space, continually pushing innovation and the latest in smart-home cleaning automation. Our newest model, the Roborock S5 Max, is designed to integrate automated mopping and sweeping seamlessly. Fuelled by a massive water tank, over twice the size of previous models, the S5 Max keeps mopping for longer than ever before. You can check out our full range here. If you have any questions or need advice, contact us today.