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    What additives should be added in the water for mopping the floor?

    Interested in mopping the floor clean? Searching for suitable additives? Check out responses from experts here.

    In daily house cleaning routine, the floors are mopped. Is it enough to mop the floor using plain water? If not then what additives should be added to the water to be used for mopping the floor? Many people suggest adding some salt also in the water. Is it advisable to add salt in the water? What are the branded products available in the market for mopping the floor?
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  • #136566
    Mopping is basically a cleaning process we used for floor cleaning. Floor the part which is always in touch of dirt, germs and other such things. So floor cleaning is very important and we cannot consider plain water for cleaning or mopping of floor.

    Most of the people use germicidal solution (phenyl) for mopping. There are many such brands available like Lizol, Sunny, Clean All, Germinil, etc.
    I have not heard about adding salt in water for mopping but have seen people using Detol or Savlon for that purpose.


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  • #136581
    The larger dust and particles like pieces of paper and other solid matters get cleaned by dry mopping using a common broom or a brush with nylon or natural fibres. However, the very fine dust may no get removed by usual cleaning by brush or brooms. To remove that we ether need vacuum cleaning or wet mopping. However it depend son the flooring also to use type of mopping dry or wet.

    f there are no strong fixed stains on the floor just plain water s enough. For just a few stains here and there on a glazing tiled floor, rubbing that spots with a smooth wet cloth strongly and then doing general wet mopping with plain water is enough. However on floors where pets have moved, or in seasons hen insects and flies are probable, then a few drops of Lemon grass drops can be added to the water. Please try at a sample area and ensure that that itself is not staining. Otherwise locally available phenol based cleansing agents can be used in dilution.

    A floor which is regularly cleaned everyday may not need the cleansing agents every day also. However some may like the fragrance of the cleaning agent that will pervade the air for sometime. If so some good cleaning liquid may be used in little quantity every day.

    Please do not use chemicals with acidic nature that may corrode the floors. Before using any new and unfamiliar chemical material, test it at a remote corner as sample for any problems.

  • #136603
    Floor is mopped so that the floor looks clean. Plain water is enough to mop the floor if mopping is done everyday and if floor is not very dusty. If additives have to be added you can add phenol to the water. You get scented phenol in market which also helps removing odor if any.
    Apart from phenol, there are other additives in market like Lizol, Mr muscle, Some etc.

  • #145334
    Lot of floor cleaning solution in different fragrance are available in the market with different brand name. you can use any brand for removing the stain or oil patches from the floor. If you are daily moping your floor mild cleaning solution is sufficient which will give you nice smell and keep away the insects ant from the floor. it is up to your choice.
    for normal cleaning lizol is good, what are available in different colour and smell. you can use simple phenyl or lemon grass oil for the removal of insects. for the removal of iron rust from the floor easy of bang is a good choice. Do not use any concentraed acid without any dilution which spoil your marble or tiles.

  • #145335
    There are lot a ways to keep the floor clean, As with many homes in southern India, i remember grandmother and mother - one of them who used to use a leafy hand broom to sweep the floors at home and other used to sit and moop with a wet cloth. Once a week a little phenol was used.
    Nowa days we have fancy mops with long handles so that we don't strain our back and a myraid of cleaning agents with fancy names, colours and fragarance.

    At home we use lemon grass oil a few drops in a bucket of water to mop ( tile and wooden floor). Lemon grass oil is a natural disinfectant, gives a pleasant smell and it's said to repel mosquitoes as well. I suggest you can try this.
    Hope this is useful..

  • #145892
    There are many commercially available floor cleaners that you can buy. Among them, Lizol is the most popular. It is a disinfectant and comes in various fragrances. You can buy them in 500ml packs or Super Saver Pack, which allows you to save a few bucks. Other brands of floor cleaners include Domex and Mr Muscle, to name a few.

    You can buy phenyl, which is also a disinfectant. But, I would suggest you buy white phenyl, which is available in different fragrances, rather than buying the black variant, which has the original phenyl smell. Black phenyl also stains the floor, so it is best avoided.

    Some people suggest using acid to clean very dirty floors, but don't do that, since acid is corrosive and damages surfaces.

    You asked about salt. Yes, salt is used in mopping water. It is particularly helpful in controlling any infestation. Add a teaspoon of salt in the water used for mopping if you have ants coming into your house.

    Adding vinegar to the water is a good way of getting a squeaky clean floor. Use it during the 'mango season' to keep flies out of the house.

    Add eucalyptus oil to the water, particularly in the winter and rainy season. It gives a nice fragrance and helps you breathe easy. It is recommended if you have small children at home. I found people living in the Nilgiris doing this. It also acts as a repellent keeping away creepy crawlies and silverfish.

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