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Should You Mop Every Day? (Answered)

  • Zak 
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When it comes to cleaning, should you mop every day or is it okay to mop the floors infrequently? Here’s what you need to know along with advice on how to prevent floors from getting dirty too quickly.

No, you should not mop every day unless the floor appears visibly dirty or smells bad every day. That may require you to mop every day, but it may be better to find preventative measures to prolong the time between needing to mop the floors.

It’s really unnecessary to mop every day if the floors are still clean.

If you do not see any discoloration, no buildup of dust or dirt, no stains, and no bad odors, there’s really no need for you to mop the floor on that day.

Granted, some floors conceal dirt better than others, which is probably why you should come up with a cleaning schedule that works for you and the type of floors in your home.

I want to remind you that certain floors cannot tolerate constant exposure to water. So, if you have floors that are made from wood, it is important to consider their level of water resistance. Most of these wood floors are not waterproof. 

This means that they can and will be damaged by exposure to water. But, they are resistant to water damage for some duration of time and with a certain amount of water.

To avoid damaging and discoloring these floors, it’s best to clean them once per week or when they appear dirty.

How Often Should You Mop?

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In a house with four adults, on average, you would need to mop every four days. Of course, if there are any spills on the floor, you need to mop that area immediately. But, generally speaking, the floors should remain clean for about 4 days before they appear to be dirty, sticky, and slightly smelly.

Essentially, you only need to mop the floor once per week, and at most, twice per week. This could also be attributed to the fact that there’s a daily sweeping habit in place to remove dust and light dirt from the floor.

Even in a high traffic home, so long as people aren’t dragging mud and sticky dirty throughout the floors as they enter and leave, you won’t need to mop every day.

That’s unnecessary work for you.

But, if you are particular about cleanliness and want to ensure that your tiles are spotless and shining every single day, then, perhaps you may need to.

Again, this is dependent on the type of flooring in question.

You could get away with mopping ceramic tiles every day, but you most certainly won’t get away with mopping wood floors every day without causing some kind of change or damage to the floor.

How To Prevent Floors From Getting Dirty

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1. Use Indoor Shoes Or Slippers

The simplest way to stop high traffic from frequently dirtying floors is to take off outdoor shoes and change into indoor footwear, such as slippers.

Do a quick Google search of most Asian habits, and this is something that you will discover. They find it impolite to enter a house with the same shoes that were used outdoors.

This simple practice can eradicate a lot of dirt on a floor and push the time between each cleaning treatment.

I grew up in a home with a mother who had OCD. She was extremely particular about the floors being clean and would never allow us to wear outdoor shoes inside. Either we walked in slippers or our socks after entering the house again.

But, in doing this, we almost never had dirty or smelly floors.

2. Clean Stains And Spills Immediately

It’s not just that a spill requires you to clean the floors immediately. The problem is that if you leave them uncleaned, not only would other people spread that spill across the floor as they walked, but all sorts of insects may be attracted to that area.

Now, you’ll end up with a floor that is sticky and wet in different spots, with shoe prints showing all over the place and ants marching across the floor.

That’s no way to live and is incredibly unhygienic.

All of this can be prevented if you spot treat an area that has been exposed to spills and stains. 

3. Use An Effective Cleaning Liquid 

I don’t believe that it’s good enough to clean floors with just warm water. To properly disinfect and get rid of odors, you need to use an effective cleaning agent or liquid.

Not only do these liquids disinfect floors, but they also add a good scent to them while also prolonging their shiny appearance. 

I’ve also noticed that some products leave behind a really light residue or protective layer that is slightly resistant to dirt and dust which would help prevent the need for you to mop every day.

4. Sweep Daily

If you can set aside 10 minutes at the beginning or end of each day to just sweep the floor, you’d drastically reduce the amount of dirt and dust that accumulates each day.

In doing so, there are fewer chances of dirt being transported throughout the house from foot traffic.

If you have some stubborn stains or dirt in select areas or spots on the floor, vacuum them up.

These days, there are vacuum cleaners that combine water and air to soak and suck up dirt from floors more effectively.

It’s more thorough than sweeping but less time- or energy-consuming than mopping.

Final Thoughts

That brings us to the end of this article on whether or not you should mop every day. Ideally, you should mop the floors once per week but make sure to sweep the floors regularly to keep them as clean as possible.

If you have the money, invest in an automatic vacuum robot. It works to maintain clean floors, even carpets.

With that being said, if you enjoyed this article and found it useful, then you need to check out some of these articles on cleaning floors below.

What is the best flooring to not show footprints?

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Should I keep mopping until the water is clear?

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