Do you have sticky floors after mopping? Regardless of the type of flooring you have, there may come a time when it has a sticky feel to it right after mooping. How utterly obnoxious it is to have done the work of cleaning your floor only to be left with it feeling, unclean!
The solution to this frustration is to arm yourself with information and make some changes. First let’s talk about why your floor feels sticky. Then I’ll tell you what you can do to get rid of the sticky feeling, and finish up with how to mop your floor properly to avoid having more stickiness.
Why Does My Floors Feel Sticky After Mopping?
Sticky floors are usually the result of one of these issues:
- Mopping with the wrong type of floor cleaner.
- Mopping with too much cleaning solution.
- You may be mopping over a residue that hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned up and instead is spreading (pan grease or soda for example).
- You may be mopping with dirty water.
Maybe You are Mopping Over Residue and Simply Spreading it Around?
Before mopping your floor, be sure you’ve spot cleaned any spills of a greasy or sticky nature. Often mop cleaning solutions are very gentle and don’t have the power to cut through grease or sticky syrup.
Spot clean with a solution that you can make at home and keep in a spray bottle so it’s right at hand when you have a sticky or greasy spill. Mix a 1/4 C of white vinegar to 4 C of water, spray it to the residue and leave for a few minutes to let the vinegar work, then wipe away.
Maybe you are using Too Much Cleaning Solution?
It’s important to follow the instructions of the cleaning solution manufacturer that you use for cleaning your floor. They will specify a ratio to be used when mopping, and if you don’t follow the guidelines, the cleaning solution can leave behind a residue.
That residue may not present itself as sticky after mopping once or twice, however routine mopping can over time cause a buildup that is as frustrating as it is sticky.
TIP: You can purchase what is called a dilution control dispenser, I like this one by DEMA Engineering Company, it mounts to your wall and will ensure your cleaning solution is properly diluted with water.
Are You Mopping with the Wrong Cleaning Solution?
Be sure that the product you are using to mop your floor is intended for your specific floor type. Read the product label if you’re unsure, as it’s entirely possible that you didn’t put much thought into what to use, and just went for something general. The type of floor you have matters because the solution that works for laminate, may not be appropriate for hardwood. What is safe to use on vinyl plank may not work for bamboo.
Is your water Dirty?
Similar to the problem of mopping over a greasy or sticky spot and spreading it around, spreading around dirty mop water/solution is a sure way to have sticky floors. As you mop, it up dirt from the floor and plunges it into the water solution in the bucket.
If you don’t occasionally change the bucket for fresh water/cleaning solution then you’re just spreading that dirt around on your floor.
When you see that the water solution in your bucket has changed color, or especially if you see debris floating around in it, it’s time to change it out.
How Do I Get Rid of the Sticky Floors after Mopping?
Now that we’ve established the possible culprits of your sticky floors, let’s get to the part about what you do if your floor is already sticky? You’ll need to cut the stickiness, and mop (again).
- Take a bucket and fill it with one gallon water, and one cup white vinegar.
- Mop the entire floor with this solution. (Remember to change it out when it becomes discolored or has debris!)
- Be cautious with wet mopping, some floors like hardwood should not get sopping wet. Wring your mop out well until it is only damp.
- Consider switching to a microfiber mop. Microfiber mops clean better than traditional string mops and can actually reduce the presence of bacteria.
- Many floor types are sensitive to water: once finished with mopping you will want to go over it with towels to dry it quickly.
- If this solution doesn’t cut the stickiness enough, you may need to add 1/2 of ammonia to the water/vinegar solution.
How Do I Avoid Sticky floors in the Future?
Knowing the possible culprits for having sticky floors after mopping should help you correct any errors you might be making. It could be a bit of trial and error, but if you are conscious about each, you are sure to get it right.
Whether you have laminate flooring, vinyl plank, or hardwood the process for cleaning them varies, and is important. I know that you want your floors to be clean and shiny, and have a long life. With a solid cleaning routine, while using the right products you can ensure your floors are a source of pride in your home. I have written several articles about cleaning floors of various types, take a look and see if there are any tips or steps you can incorporate into your routine.
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For those of you with laminate floors, check out my post “How to Clean your Laminate floors?
Vinyl plank floor owners, read “Can You Use Swiffer on Vinyl Plank Floors?