Dust Mopping Rooms and the Cleaning Equipment Needed

Recommended Supplies and Cleaning Equipment:

Dust Mop Treatment

Dust Mop Handle and Frame (36″, 48″, 72″)

Dust Mop Head (36″, 48″, 72″)

Dust Pan

Counter Brush

Scraper/  Putty  Knife

Recommended Method:

1. As in all cleaning procedures, the first step is to gather the recommended janitorial equipment together and bring to the area to be cleaned.

2. Prior to using the mop head, it should be pre-treated with the dust mop treatment – at least 8 hours or more in advance. One effective method is to apply the treatment to the mop head and place in a plastic trash bag and tie the bag. This allows the treatment to be absorbed by the fibers in the mop head and will reduce or eliminate “streaking” when mopping the floor.

3. Begin mopping by placing the edge of the dust mop head against the baseboard and push it the length of the corridor out in front of the dust mop.

4. At the starting point, gently brush off the dust mop into a pile and replace the dust mop on the cart.

5. Pick up the pile using the counter brush and dust pan.

6. Use the scraper/ putty  knife blade to remove gum or other materials on the floor as needed.

7. After the days’ work is done, the dust mop can be brushed and stored on a hanger so the mop head is not resting on the floor.

If you are in a health care facility, it is usually recommended that a fresh mop head be used every day. Check with your supervisor for information in your particular facility. In other facilities, you may re-use the mop head until it appears soiled. Then it should be replaced. Since bacteria can grow in dust mop heads, it is suggested that you do not try to continue using a mop head for more than a few days.

Note: two passes will cover a 6-8 foot corridor, but wider corridors will require additional passes

Daily or frequent dust mopping will reduce the amount of gritty soil on the floor and extend the life of the floor finish. It will also reduce the amount of soil that will be removed when damp mopping and extend the time between disposing of soiled mop water and preparing fresh solution.