Dust mopping is an important task for keeping your facility safe and clean. Follow these five steps to effectively remove dust and debris from your facility’s high-traffic areas.
1. Prep for dust mopping.
Make a regular schedule, and stick to it. The schedule you set will depend largely on your facility’s needs and the amount of traffic each area receives, but you may need to dust mop every night, week or month. When you are ready to dust mop, look move anything blocking your sweeping path. Also remove large pieces of debris that you won’t be able to sweep away easily with the dust mop.
2. Choose the right dust mop.
Generally, we recommend choosing a dust mop that is about 1/2 to 1/3 of the width of the space that you’ll be cleaning. For example, if the aisles in your grocery store are 6 to 7 feet wide, select a dust mop with a 36-inch path. This will allow you to clean almost half the aisle in just one pass, but will still allow for customers to move around you as you clean.
3. Dust mop the area.
If you are working in a smaller space, start working at the doorway, then do the outer perimeter and push debris toward the center of the room. As you are dust mopping, try to get as close to the aisle’s edges as you can. Hold the handle close to your chest or stomach as you push the mop, and pull the head back often while shaking out dust and debris. This will keep debris near the front of the mop instead of loading up on its strands. Make a sweeping turn when you reach the aisle’s end and go back down, overlapping your previous path by 6 to 8 inches.
4. Remove debris and dirt.
With a dust pan and broom, sweep up trash, debris and dirt. Empty the pan into a trash container.
5. Clean up after yourself.
After dust mopping, shake out the mop outside to get rid of debris and dirt. Wash your mop if possible. You may also spray it with a dust mop treatment to prolong its lifespan.