Let’s ‘Ban the Mop’ for professional cleaning
The humble mop has been
around since the 15th century. While many homes had floors made from
packed dirt or plaster, and a simple broom was all that was required to keep it
clean. It was the needs of the aristocracy to have a piece of equipment that
could wet clean their slate, stone or
marble floors, which were features of their homes, that gave birth to the mop.
Little more than rags on a stick at the time, the mop has gone through varying
design changes over the centuries.
Over those years the mop has
served the cleaning industry well, but technology has moved on, so join us in
our call for a ban on the traditional mop for professional cleaning.
Why has the mop reached its use-by date?
The professional cleaning
business has come a long way from John Farnham’s Sadie the Cleaning Lady released in 1967, where Farnham describes
poor ‘old’ Sadie working her fingers to the bone.
Mops have improved since
their advent, but are still based around a simple cleaning system utilising a
string, sponge or similar head unit that is dipped in a bucket of diluted cleaning
solution, multiple times. This means it doesn’t stay fresh for very long
becoming, contaminated with soils, germs and bacteria from the floor.
This not only contaminates large areas of the floor with
pathogens that may have only been present in one specific area, but it also
leaves a dirty film on the floor.
So, to really clean the floor properly with a mop and bucket
there is a need for repeated passes and numerous rinses to achieve really clean
floors. And as we know time is money, so it takes longer to clean the floor
There’s a much better alternative
Using a more advanced cleaning system to clean floors like
the Nilfisk scrubber dryer has hygiene and productivity benefits. The machine scrubs
and dries in one single pass giving fast access to cleaned areas, as well
as a time saving benefit.
As well as saving precious
time, newer cleaning systems have ergonomic benefits. With a traditional mop
and bucket there is a constant motion of pushing and pulling the mop and
bending over to wring it out in a bucket. It is hard on the hands, arms and
back for operators.
Another drawback of the old-fashioned mop is wet floors.
Even with a well wrung mop the newly cleaned floor will be wet which means the
area needs to be closed for longer, and if accessed too soon can be very
The modern scrubber dryer enables quicker drying times
because it uses much less water than a traditional mop. Plus, it cleans more
thoroughly having the power to remove grime, grease, and dirt that are
traditionally very difficult to remove. In particular, a floor scrubber does
its magic by spraying water and chemicals on the floor, scrubbing the dirt and
Adding to the cost is the constant need to replace mops as
they become contaminated. That cost adds up and although more sophisticated
systems like Nilfisk’s scrubber dryers cost more upfront they can actually save
money over time.
Many sectors need clean floors
Mops have been used to clean many different facilities in
sectors like education, retail, healthcare, food industry and more. Pretty much
any place a hard-indoor surface needs a wet
clean, with each having their own challenge.
With hygiene becoming a major focus for cleaning processes,
no matter the size of your premises Nilfisk has a solution for you.
So, if you are after a more efficient, cost effective and
thorough commercial cleaning solution, ditch the mop and grab a Nilfisk.