One of the worst problems you can face when it comes to cleaning your home is the floor left stinkier after you mop it. A major cause behind this is a smelly mop, and this can be extremely frustrating when your cleaning tool, the mop itself isn’t clean. Most people don’t even realize the cause behind their stinky mop and end up confused about why it is always there when they clean the tool every time.
This can be even after they clean it; the foul smell won’t just go away. While it’s important to clean the mop, what’s equally necessary is to understand the reason behind the odour to prevent it. Let’s delve into how to clean a smelly mop and the measures to avoid that stench from dirtying your mop and then your floor.
How to Clean a Smelly Mop
Before cleaning the floor you should make sure that the mop is clean otherwise it’ll make your floor stinky as well. An easy way to get rid of the bad odor of your mop is to soak it into a chemical mixture for a while, it could be a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, chlorine bleach or you can use vinegar to get rid of bad smell. Put it in the hot water and soak the mop for a while, once you are done with it, put it out in the sun.
Here’s a detailed explanation of how you can perform these simple steps.
Start with rinsing the mop with hot water and applying a detergent to get rid of any stains on the mop. Spread the threads while running the hot water, so the water gets into the middle, cleaning the mop properly. Rinse the mop thoroughly to make sure there isn’t any detergent left; such products can cause oily residue to build up in the mop.
Getting all of the soap out of the mop is really important otherwise, it can result in clogged up fibres and retained moisture. This can cause difficulty in drying the mop, which is an essential step. For more convenience, you can detach the mop head and place it in the bucket filled with hot water mixed with detergent, letting it soak for about 10 minutes. Then take it out for the next step.
The second step is drying up the mop, which is an extremely important step to get your mop free of all the smell. Drying up by allowing proper airflow through the mop is crucial to clean a smelly mop. You can air dry or sunbake the mop in an outdoor area; if you do not have an outdoor space or there is not a sunny day outside, you can dry the mop by hanging it over a bathtub or a shower.
Drying the mop out in the natural sunlight is the best way to ensure a completely odour-free mop. That is because being a natural disinfectant; the sun will get rid of any smell causing bacteria on the mop. So, the sunlight is your best chance at getting a smell-free mop and also fading any stains left over it.
After drying up the mop properly, how and where you store the mop also matters in order to keep it clean. Make sure to keep the mop off of the ground to ensure air circulation through it. If the mop lies on the floor, the airflow will be restricted, not to mention the dirt and dust that can untidy it. It’s best that you hang the mop over the ground; otherwise, all the work you did to clean it will be a waste.
Using Chlorine Bleach
Chlorine bleach is an excellent disinfectant; you can use it to wash away the stains and kill bacterias that can be causing the smell. Mix the chlorine bleach in 2 gallons of hot water in a bucket and soak the smelly mop in it for 10 to 15 minutes. Chlorine bleach will disinfect the mop of any insects or bacterias, washing the stains along as well, leaving a much cleaner mop.
Other Cleaning Mixtures
If you are hesitant to use bleach because of its strong smell and corrosiveness, there are other alternatives as well. One of those is using baking soda as a substitute, mix baking soda, 2 to 3 cups, along with a half to 1 cup of salt into 3 gallons of hot water. Leave the mop to soak in the mixture for half a day. Although baking soda is a mild disinfectant, not as strong as bleach, and takes a much longer time, it does leave the mop cleaner, removing the stains.
Another substitute is vinegar or 3 % hydrogen peroxide, which is also a disinfectant. 1 cup of vinegar or peroxide mixed into 1 gallon of hot water will do the job. You can also add tea tree oil to the vinegar mixture; it is also a natural disinfectant and will make the mixture more effective. As a disinfectant, vinegar is not as strong as bleach, but it still has a strong acidic nature and will leave the mop cleaner.
Cleaning a smelly mop is easy, but you need to keep in mind the cause, which can get ignored, behind the foul smell. The culprit, most of the time, is unnecessary moisture, which can be a result of improper drying of the mop after washing or leaving it on the floor where it can catch moisture.
The fibres of the mop naturally retain moisture, which can cause the growth of mildew. So, don’t let the moisture sit unnecessarily and for long into the mop. Be double sure that you dry the mop thoroughly after every wash, and store it hanging off of the floor, so it remains dry. Moreover, the above measures will prove to be effective and will leave your mop clean and smell-free every time you apply one of them.