Dirty Cleaning Tools

Cleaning Tools Can’t Clean When They Are Dirty?

Can a dirty mop clean? Can you use a dirty rag to sanitize a table? How much dirt can a vacuum expel before turning it off and just pushing it around would make more sense? When your cleaning tools are dirty, you aren’t cleaning.
If the cleaning tools you are using to clean, are in fact dirty, the effort, time and expense is wasted. You would never begin cooking with a dirty knife so why do so many continue to use cleaning tools? (cleaning is the act of controlling the spread of illness) It does not matter how extensive your everyday cleaning procedures are and how much training you give your staff, if they are cleaning with dirty cleaning tools.

Dirty Cleaning Tools Aren’t Cleaning

It seems that it has become acceptable for cleaning tools to be dirty. After all, that is the way it has always been, right? At least once a day, while out and about, I see one of the following offences when it comes to cleaning tools in the work place.

  • Dust mops that look filthy but are still pushing debris down the hallway.
  • Mop buckets that are full of dirty water, but are still being used to spread dirt around the floor.
  • Feather dusters causing dust to be moved from the counter top into the air where everyone gets to breathe it in.

Cleaning Tools Are Wasting Your Time

  • The dust mop is leaving behind more dust that was there in the first place
  • The mop and bucket are just evenly distributing the dirt across the floor.
  • There is a cloud of dust in the air, settling back down on the surface.

There is a cost for complacency. The cost is moving the same dirt tomorrow that was moved today. This takes precious time. Time that is already in short supply, yet every day we just accept the fact that these are the tools we work with and this is how it is.

Next time you use a cleaning tool ask yourself “Is this going to help me clean better or just make more work tomorrow?”

4 replies
  1. Frank Nemac
    Frank Nemac says:

    New to commercial floor maintenance and have only stripped and refinished about 5 facilities, But the last one the facility supplied all supplies including finish mop heads, went well until about 4th/5th coat started to notice string/hair like strands coming from mop head and later the finish looked like it was covered with embedded with various size hair/fiber strands, any ideas what we are doing wrong, we cleaned the floor/basebords and mop bukets well before hand, no open doors etc.

    • BaldGuyClean
      BaldGuyClean says:

      Sounds like you were using a natural cotton mop. Those things leave tons of fibers behind. I always use a rayon or microfiber mop. To me it is usually worth it to also use a new one. The couple of extra dollars is well worth it to end up with a good looking floor that does not have to be redone.


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