Dust mopping is an important task for keeping your facility safe and clean. Follow these five steps to effectively remove dust and debris from your facility’s high-traffic areas.
1. Prep for dust mopping.
Make a regular schedule, and stick to it. The schedule you set will depend largely on your facility’s needs and the amount of traffic each area receives, but you may need to dust mop every night, week or month. When you are ready to dust mop, look move anything blocking your sweeping path. Also remove large pieces of debris that you won’t be able to sweep away easily with the dust mop.
2. Choose the right dust mop.
Generally, we recommend choosing a dust mop that is about 1/2 to 1/3 of the width of the space that you’ll be cleaning. For example, if the aisles in your grocery store are 6 to 7 feet wide, select a dust mop with a 36-inch path. This will allow you to clean almost half the aisle in just one pass, but will still allow for customers to move around you as you clean.
O-Cedar’s MaxiDust Cotton Cut-End Dust Mops are made with long, stapled, tightly-twisted virgin natural cotton yarn. These mops are perfect for dust control in institutional and industrial facilities, and they are easy to launder with a quick-dry synthetic backing.
We also carry O-Cedar’s MaxiDust Loop-End Dust Mops in a variety of sizes. The two-ply loop-end virgin cotton yarn construction prevents raveling and fraying, and the slip-on slot pocket makes securing the dust mop to the frame fast and easy.
For a more eco-friendly option, we highly recommend O-Cedar’s Multi-Surface Microfiber Floor Mop. This floor mop attracts and holds dust and dirt with a natural electrostatic charge, allowing you to clean effectively without chemicals. Use with just water or with your favorite floor cleaner to remove over 99% of bacteria from floors. They are also machine washable and reusable for up to three months!
All of these dust mops are available in our online catalog in a wide range of sizes. Click here to view our inventory!
3. Dust mop the area.
If you are working in a smaller space, start working at the doorway, then do the outer perimeter and push debris toward the center of the room. As you are dust mopping, try to get as close to the aisle’s edges as you can. Hold the handle close to your chest or stomach as you push the mop, and pull the head back often while shaking out dust and debris. This will keep debris near the front of the mop instead of loading up on its strands. Make a sweeping turn when you reach the aisle’s end and go back down, overlapping your previous path by 6 to 8 inches.
4. Remove debris and dirt.
With a dust pan and broom, sweep up trash, debris and dirt. Empty the pan into a trash container.
5. Clean up after yourself.
After dust mopping, shake out the mop outside to get rid of debris and dirt. Wash your mop if possible. You may also spray it with a dust mop treatment to prolong its lifespan.
We carry all the floor care supplies in Danville you need for efficient, productive dust mopping. Click here to browse our online catalog for dust mops, brooms, dust pans and more.