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Friday, October 24, 2014

Question

Recently I scrubbed and refinished a floor. When I went back the next day to clean the building, I did my daily routine. Before dust mopping the floor I changed to a clean dust mop and used a clean wet mop head to mop the floor. Still, I get streaks after the floor dries. What could be my problem?


Answer

Streaks appearing on a floor after mopping are a visible residue. When the water from the mopping solution evaporates, the detergent and loosened soils, if not fully picked up by the mopping, remains and is visible.
To keep this from happening, use only the proper dilution of mopping detergent. Avoid foam and suds that are hard to pick up. A new mop should be soaked in solution for a while before use to increase its absorbency. Once that is done, the pickup must be complete or residue will be left to show streaks. Try wringing the mop head more fully before damp mopping. If you donít put it down, you donít have to worry about leaving it behind.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com