How to Mop a Floor

How to Mop a Floor. It's not a fun job, but it has to be done. Here's how to mop your floor so clean you could eat off it.

Mop a Floor

Step 1

Sweep or vacuum the floor clean of dust and dirt.

Step 2

Sweep or vacuum a second time. Make sure there is no debris.

Step 3

Fill a bucket with hot water.

Step 4

Add a small amount of detergent, ammonia or floor cleaner to the water; the directions on the container should tell you how much to use.

Step 5

Dip your mop in the bucket.

Step 6

Wring out the mop using your hands or, depending on the type of mop you are using, with a lever near the mop head.

Step 7

Scrub the floor in straight lines if you're using a sponge mop. If using a rag mop, swirl the mop head in figure-eight shapes. Push the mop vigorously to remove stains or spots on the floor.

Step 8

Rinse and wring the mop out in a sink or the bucket occasionally, and continue mopping.

Step 9

Let the floor dry before walking on it.