Dust Mopping

1. Although more costly initially, an all synthetic, dust mop is the best choice for lowest end-use cost, performance, appearance and safety. They will out-last cotton dust mops, perform more consistently, launder more easily and because they are available in colors, have a better initial and continued appearance. They do not require dust mop treatment and as a result are safer due to the fire hazards associated with oil-based mop treatments as well as not leaving residuals of oil on floors that could cause a slip/fall situation or adhesion and aesthetic problems with floor finishes. The second best choice is the combination cotton and synthetic fiber dust mops that have some of the previously listed features. Cotton dust mop heads, although relatively inexpensive, require dust mop treatment, discolor badly, and because of oil-based mop treatments, are a potential fire hazard.
2. When laundering dust mops, ensure that the manufacturer’s recommended washing and drying procedures are followed. Dust mops are commonly washed in a knit bag to reduce piling and balling. Synthetic and cotton/synthetic fiber blends of dust mops require cooler drying temperatures.
3. When treating dust mops, avoid atomizing solvent-based mop treatments in the presence of an open flame, as there will be a serious fire hazard. This caution relates to both bulk and aerosol types of oil-based mop treatments. Note: For Ultra Chem Labs’ floor finishes do not use a mop treatment on dust mops.
4. When treating freshly laundered or new untreated dust mops, ensure that the dust Mop treatment label directions are followed. A common dust mop treatment procedure is to lay the dust mop, bottom up, on a suitable surface, a plastic bag protective covering may suffice, and to pour the dust mop treatment on the underside of the dust mop and then to roll it up, place it in a plastic bag and place the bag in a metal container with a lid of a false bottom. The treatment should be allowed to permeate evenly throughout the dust mop overnight.
5. Touchups of dust mop treatments can be accomplished with either a bulk dust mop treatment used in a suitable sprayer or with an aerosol dust mop treatment used in a suitable sprayer or with an aerosol dust mop treatment. Vacuum debris and soil from the dust mop head or brush the debris into a plastic lined waste receptacle while the head is still on the frame. Spray the dust mop lightly. While spraying, ensure that any over spray does not come in contact with the floor, as it could become a serious slip hazard.
6. There are two basic styles of dust mop frames and handles, one being a rigid frame and handle type and other a swivel frame and handle type. Both have their features, however, there is a swivel type that can be easily and simply converted to a rigid type. Some swivel types offer a feature that allows the frame to collapse making the installation of the dust mop head easier allowing it to use a dust mop head that has two solid pockets sewn into the top of the dust mop head. These pockets give a more positive fit. The non-collapsible type requires the use of a split boot on one side of the top of the dust mop head to allow the frame to slip into the dust mop head pockets.
7. When dust mopping larger floor surfaces, select a number of drop points to leave large amounts of dust and debris at. Overloading the dust mop head will not allow the floor to be dust mopped properly. Select drop points that will not be tracked back onto the cleaned floor by foot traffic from these drop points. Pick up soil at drop points with a dustpan, a broom or brush and dispose of litter. If a dust mop is over-loaded, it will begin to leave heavier types of debris behind, such as sand.
8. Never shake a dust mop out inside a building. To unload the dust mop, ‘fluke’ the dust mop by thrusting the loose soil with the dust mop 2″ to 3″ away from the ground.

Alternate Procedure Options
Note: Use only synthetic, untreated dust mops on floors coated with ULTRA FLOOR CARE ‘SEALER’ and finishes.

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