This is a common problem we come across in many industries. We have facilities managers, cleaners, business managers & caretakers all asking the same question.

Why is my floor still sticky after I have mopped it?

There are two core reasons why your floor stays sticky after it’s been mopped…

The most common thought people have is that it’s caused by what has come in from outside or that a substance has been spilled on the floor prior to it being mopped.

If this is the case, it’s because you don’t have the right product or equipment to clean your floors!

Secondly, believe it or not, your cleaning efforts may be the cause of your sticky floor!

Having spent a lot of time trying to get the floor clean this is probably the last thing you want to hear however there are 3 main factors that can play a part in causing a sticky floor:

  1. An incorrect cleaning method
  2. Too much or too strong of a cleaning solution
  3. The wrong cleaning solution and dirty water


The Details...

1)      The incorrect cleaning method;

Traditional mopping is the most common way to clean floors and this is the worst for causing sticky surfaces. When you use a traditional mop and bucket you aren’t cleaning the floor you are just spreading dirt! Hence the reason you will find your floor continues to feel sticky once you have mopped it. Another point is you are leaving the floors wet which allows the dirt off your shoes to be transferred back on to the floor!

Flat mopping – although this results in a much better finish than your traditional mopping method it is still just spreading rather than removing!

So, what is the right cleaning method?

Look no further than the I-Mop family!
The I-Mop family cleans up to 70% faster than conventional wet mopping. The ability of the I-Mop range, to get right to the edge of the floors and under obstacles means a virtual elimination of manual operations.

Wet mopping with dirty water and slippery floors is a thing of the past. The I-Mop’s advanced suction technology, extracts virtually all the cleaning solution and whatever liquid happens to be on the floor, leaving floors dry and safe to walk on almost immediately.

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2)      Too much or too strong of a cleaning solution;

This is an extremely common problem across all industry sectors - over-dosing, lack of dilution control and/or an inappropriate chemical can lead to a build-up of residue on floors.

A common mind-set in the cleaning industry is that the more cleaning chemical the cleaner the floor, but this is not the case! Floor cleaning chemicals are designed to be effective at a specific dilution. The build-up of excess chemical is one of the main reasons why your floor is left feeling sticky or tacky.

So how do you resolve this?
The first thing to tackle this with is water – let’s get rid of that excess chemical. Clean the floor once, twice or however many times is necessary using clean water and a new mop head to remove the excess chemical that is on the floor.

Do this alone, and you will notice a huge reduction in the levels of stickiness on your floor.

Secondly, speak to your chemical supplier as they should be able to offer you a better solution to overcome this issue. There are several products on the market to help combat this issue. If they don’t have a product to combat this, then supplier training can be hugely beneficial to organisations where they come in and train your cleaners to ensure they are using your product correctly and getting the most out of it.

3)      The wrong cleaning solution and dirty water;

Sticky floors can be caused when the incorrect floor cleaner is used on the floor. There isn’t a one size fits all solution when it comes to floor cleaning chemicals, not all of them can be used on every floor.

It’s critical that you do your research into the products or ask your chemical supplier to ensure that the products you are using are correct for your floor type.

When you first begin to mop a floor you have a nice, clean and fresh bucket of water. But as you use the mop on the floor and wring out the mop into the bucket, the water isn’t so clean anymore. The more you mop, the dirtier your water gets. That is the same water that you are still attempting to clean with, but in fact it causes the floor to be sticky.


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