3 Reasons the Mop and Bucket Method is a Problem at Your Facility

Many of us grew up watching the janitors at our schools mopping the hallways, cafeteria, and even bathrooms by using a mop and bucket. So, it only makes sense we might assume the best way to clean hard floors is using this method.

In fact, the tradition has been around for quite some time. It was first patented in 1893 by Thomas W. Steward, an African American inventor. The strings on his mop were constructed from yarn.

But just like other technology, our world is constantly evolving with new and better ways to sanitize and clean floors. While it used to be believed that mopping was the best way to clean floors, we must break the news that it’s just not true.

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What are Problems of Mopping?

  1. Spreading More Soil Than Removing: Think about the process of what it looks like to mop – dipping the mop in a bucket of water, moving it over a floor covered in dirt and germs, placing it back into the water, then returning those same yard or cloth strings to the floor to spread a new film-like layer of germs and dirt on to other areas of the floor – yuck! While it may seem like the floor is getting cleaned with soapy water, it’s only spreading the contaminants. Even worse, if the mop is being cross-used between rooms in a facility – such as a cafeteria and a bathroom – well, it’s obvious why your stomach may turn at the thought of what that looks like at a microscopic level.
  2. You’re Paying for a Slower (and Inefficient) Process: Not only does it take your janitorial crew extra time to lug around a bucket of water and go over every square inch in an ‘S’ motion, but as mentioned before, it’s only spreading grime not cleaning. It takes a lot of physical effort and time to clean floors this way, and facility or building managers end up paying for the unnecessary labor when this could be sped up by using the latest methods and technology in the industry.
  3. Your Facility May Be More Prone to Accidents: We’ve all come close to missing the yellow “slip zone” signs that are placed on a floor after it’s been freshly mopped. Wet floors can take up to one hour to dry, depending on floor type.

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With these factors in mind, City Wide wants to bring your facility up to speed with the latest methods and technology to clean the floors at your facility.

Contact us today for a no-obligation total floor care assessment. We’ll create a customized care plan for your building’s unique traffic patterns and flooring types.