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What mop to use?

  1. Jun 15, 2008 #1
    Here is my situation. I got a cheap mop (traditional style mop with strings )from the dollar store. Is crap. I need to clean my white tiled floor and my current mop isn't doing a good job. What mop (under $20) do you guys recommend? I am also using the comet powder with bleach but still got major stains on my floor. Thanks!

    Oh one more thing I forget to add, I got some people in my household that have really long hairs and these hairs tend to fall off and make a pain in the butt to clean off the floor.
     
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  3. Jun 15, 2008 #2

    lisab

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    I hate to tell you this, but if you really want to scrub the floor the only way to do a thorough job is to do it by hand.

    What is the stain?
     
  4. Jun 15, 2008 #3

    lisab

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    Just read your edit about hair. Sweep or vacuum your floor before you mop - what a pain, pulling hairs off a mop :yuck: !
     
  5. Jun 15, 2008 #4
    The stain is just dirt I think. What cleaner to go with scrubbing? Thanks.
     
  6. Jun 15, 2008 #5

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    I've found Formula 409 or Fantastik to work well on greasy dirt.

    Be careful using an abrasive cleaner on a glossy surface. Maybe test it on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it doesn't leave scratches.
     
  7. Jun 16, 2008 #6

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    If you can find one of those scrub brushes with a handle (short, really firm bristles), those are good for scrubbing up stains without having to get down on hands and knees...assuming you have real tiles and not some sort of linoleum tile that would be destroyed by harsh chemicals and scrubbing.

    Other than cleaning up stubborn stains, for routine cleaning, a sponge mop works well. Find one that has something on it that looks like a real sponge, not those weird, shiny, non-absorbent spongey plastic looking things that fall apart quickly.

    Keep your stringy mop though. They're good for quickly mopping up big spills. Each mop/brush has a good purpose, they just aren't all interchangeable. The stringy ones also work best swished side to side, not pushed back and forth like a scrub brush...I've seen a lot of people have trouble with using mops when they've never used that style before.

    If you do need to bleach out a stain that you can't scrub out, I've had good luck with soft scrub. Keep in mind that it's still an abrasive, even if the bottle tries to claim otherwise, so don't use it if an abrasive might damage a surface, but you could use it on areas that are most stained since they're probably already scratched/porous to be holding the stain in the first place (it did a good job on cleaning my grout when I dropped an entire bottle of red wine on my kitchen floor...I can't even blame it on drinking since I hadn't had any yet!)

    If you start trying different cleaners, make sure to rinse really well between each one (that stringy mop will be good for rinsing with just clean water).

    Another one that works decently for general cleaning, not so much for heavy stains, is either Pinesol or Lysol. Pinesol works a little better, I think, for kitchens because I think it picks up light grease residue better when it settles onto surfaces. A mistake some people make with those types of cleaners with big messes is they think more is better. That'll leave you with a sticky floor if you use too much. It's meant to work best at the recommended dilution on the bottle (though I have used it full strength with a regular kitchen sponge to spot clean a few stubborn areas, and then rinsed a LOT, and it worked well that way too).
     
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