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Dust Mopping

Each pass with a properly treated dust mop helps to remove dirt, dust, and abrasive particles, without leaving the floor dull or slippery. Cleaning staff should dust-mop as follows:

Fill a properly labelled (per OSHA requirements) trigger-spray bottle with a water-based dust mop treatment prepared according to label directions, and spray (using a course stream rather than a mist to avoid aerosolising chemical) the treatment onto a clean dust mop. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for application rate, and apply next to the backing at the base of the yarn, without overrating it.

Roll the dust mop, treated side in. Place it in a plastic bag to help the mop head fibres absorb the treatment for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours, place the treated dust mop on the frame.

Dust mop the area, using a continuous motion, without lifting the mop from the floor. Begin at the perimeter (next to the wall) and walk to the other end of the work area. At the opposite end, rotate the dust mop so that the leading edge remains the same. Return to the opposite end and repeat. Overlap the previously mopped path by 2–4 inches to ensure complete coverage.

Sweep accumulated soil to a collection area, lightly shake the loose soil from the dust mop, and continue. Remove gum, tape, or other sticky residues with a scraper, using care not to mar or scratch the floor finish. Continue the dust-mopping process until the entire area has been dust mopped. When finished, pick up the collected debris using a counter brush and dustpan, or vacuum.

Clean excess dust from the mop head. Place the mop over a trash container. Brush with a stiff bristle brush in a firm, downward motion and/or vacuum.

Store the mop in a hanging position. Do not store the dust mop on the floor. The mop treatment may discolour the floor, and the mop fibres may become matted.

When the dust mop no longer attracts adequate soil, it may be re-treated. Spray the mop at the end of a work shift, and allow the treatment to be thoroughly absorbed.

Launder soiled dust mop heads monthly, weekly, or as needed. Soak mop heads overnight in a neutral pH cleaning solution. Rinse thoroughly, wring out, and hang them to dry. Machine washing and drying following manufacturer’s recommendations is another option.

Re-treat as directed above for initial treatment.

No microfiber dust cloths may also be treated with some dust mop treatments. (See their label instructions.) Spray lightly and allow fibres to absorb the treatment for 24 hours before use.

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