How to Mop a Floor Properly

22 February 2023
Est. Reading: 3 minutes
What's in This Guide?
Cleaning Items You'll Need.
Microfiber flat mop
10 microfiber mop heads
Spray bottle
Brush or Broom

How to Use a Microfiber Flat Mop Like A Pro

Bad news. You have probably been cleaning your floor wrong and have been doing it for a very long time. There is, in fact, a proper way to mop a floor. It makes no difference what kind of floor you have.

This tutorial is going to change that for you and show you how to clean your floors properly. In addition, how to ‘Reset Clean’ and ‘Maintain’ your floors on an ongoing basis. The best part is that this method is free. The more you use this method, the cleaner your floors will get and the less often you will need to clean them.

Read on and learn how to mop like a pro. The amount of dirt that is extracted from the floor will amaze you! Get your floors cleaner than you thought possible. Use the microfiber flat mop system and save money.

Why are Your Floors Still Dirty After Mopping?

The simple answer is that you are probably using the old-fashioned rag mop and detergent method.

This means that each time you clean it, you transfer detergent and dirt back into the bucket. Then reapplying the dirt to the floor. Instead of removing dirt from the floor with each pass, more is being ingrained in.

The dirt and emulsification are in turn leaving a residue on the floor. This accumulates over time and leaves a thin layer of dirt and detergent on the floor.

The residue from the dirt and detergent is also sticky. So you start spreading it around your house on your shoes. Consider how frequently you walk on your carpets and soft furnishings.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Reset Clean

The reset clean is needed to remove the residues left over by detergent cleaners. In our video on this post, we used a brush machine to agitate the first out. You can achieve the same with a large brush or broom. Albeit, it may take a little longer.

Step One:
Vacuum up all the dry dirt from the floor.

Step Two:
To remove the detergent and dirt from the floor, start by agitating it with a brush and plain water (or a brush machine if you have one). i.e. give it a light brushing to loosen surface dirt.

Step Three:
Remove the excess water with your flat mop - or, with a wet dry vac if you have one. If using a flat mop, you will want to aim to use a clean mop head per 5 sq. ft. (1.5 sqm.) of floor surface.

Step Four:
Repeat the process with a clean mop head in every section, until the entire floor is clean. Make sure to launder your mop heads correctly, DO NOT use fabric conditioners.

Step Four:
Let the floor dry.

Top Tip...!
It is important when laundering microfiber never to use fabric conditioner. The oil in the softener sticks to the fibres. In turn, everything that you clean with the microfiber will smear. Keep microfiber mop heads for water work only.

Maintenance Clean

Once you have a completed the reset clean above, a maintenance clean will be how you should mop your floors going forward.

Step One:
Vacuum all the dry dirt off the floor.

Step Two:
Lightly mist the floor with water. Go back and forth over the floor about three to four times, starting at the furthest point.

Step Three:
Per mop head, clean 10 to 15 square feet (3 - 4.5 sqm.), then add the mop head to the laundry. In all probability, one mop head will almost completely cover the entire floor of a standard sized room.

Step Four:
Let the floor dry.


By this stage, the floor is clean and restored, with all the residues gone. Leaving the floor looking amazing and saving you from having to buy floor cleaners.

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