Essential Cleaning Tips: Figure 8 Mopping

Floor cleaning is an important step in the cleaning process, not only to remove dirt, dust, and debris, but to disinfect the surface where germs are commonly spread throughout a facility.

When cleaning floor surfaces, the “figure 8” motion is recommended to prevent cross-contamination and to keep track of dirty and already cleaned surfaces.

Here are the four important steps in using the figure 8 mop technique:

  1. Dust mop or sweep area to remove all debris, dirt, and large objects from the mopping area.
  2. For traditional wet mopping, the CDC recommends using sterile wet mops or freshly machine-laundered wet mops.
  3. Remove the used mop head from the handle and refresh with newly laundered mop per facility recommendations.
  4. Fill the mop bucket with new diluted floor cleaning solution as recommended per chemical-specified guidelines.