5 Reasons I Don’t Mop My Floors More Often

Oh yes, you read that right. I don’t mop my floors as often as I should. I will not disclose the last time I mopped my floors… but, that’s mainly because I don’t remember. I’m really disgusting, aren’t I?

Yesterday, I slaved over my floors… and during the course of swearing & scrubbing, I essentially composed this post in my sweaty head.

Here are 5 reasons why I don’t mop my floors more often.

  1. Mopping floors is time consuming.
    From start to finish — sweeping, moving everything out of the way, shaking out the rugs, the actual mopping, while being a MOM — breaking up fights, finding things for the kids to do, etc. took 2 hours. Yes, 2 hours. Maybe if I did it more often, it wouldn’t take as long. But… I doubt it. 
  2. Mops suck.
    I started with a mop I just purchased for the last time I mopped the floors… essentially new, right? Well, when I went to ring it out, the damn thing broke. Which led to more swearing and then I needed rags to do the rest. Probably got my floors even cleaner on my hands & knees, and I was able to get the baseboards… but still. 
  3. Scrubbing down floors is painful. I was scrubbing the floors on my hands & knees, moved a heavy oak dining room set, etc over the course of 2 hours… I am so damn sore today. 
  4. I’d rather be doing anything else. I would much rather play with my kids than yell at them (and the cat… why do they always find that one hour they move/day to paw all over my wet floor?) to stay off the floors. 
  5. Why mop when you can spot-clean?
    This is what I usually do: sweep & spot-clean with a clorox wipe usually before we have guests over, of course. It only takes a few minutes, and it dries fast. 
And just because I really do need 5 reasons TO mop my floors… I’m expressing the flip side of this coin.

  1. It’s a killer workout. Yes, I’m sore today. But that’s just because I used every muscle in my body scrubbing my floors!
  2. Keeps the bugs away.
    We have a pretty disgusting cricket issue right now. That was one of the big reasons I knew it was time to scrub my floors. It better keep the damn bugs out of my kitchen. 
  3. It’s cheap. I use white vinegar diluted in hot water. It stinks like vinegar for a little while, but it goes away fast, and I don’t need to rinse away a soapy residue. My floors shine afterward. 
  4. Excuse to blare some rockin’ music.
    I don’t really need an excuse, but my kids usually play upstairs, so I could listen to some motivationally loud Queens of the Stone Age & Jane’s Addiction guilt-free!
  5. Sense of accomplishment.
    Even waking up this morning, as I set my toes on my clean floors, I felt so much pride knowing I got down on my hands & knees to get my floors looking so damn good. The hubs doesn’t seem to give a shit. But I do, dammit. 
How often do you mop your floors? Come on, admit it, I just did. 
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4 Comments

  1. Posted July 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Oh the irony! I scrubbed my floors for the first time in… 5? months. The last 3 times I paid someone to do it (and the kitchen and the bathroom…). Top reason I don’t wash my floors more often? As soon as I do someone spills something huge and messy (like a plate of spaghetti) all over it. And the bathroom… I have a 6 year old boy. Need I say more? Can’t say how long from start to finish but there was a good hour of scrubbing. and the splotch by the dishwasher is back already.

    • Posted July 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      I am SOOOO with you… they are clean for a second, so why bother?! So with you on the dishwasher ick too. What’s up with that?! Glad I’m not alone in my ‘eh, good enough’ feelings, as far as washing the floors go. The good news is that our 2nd floor is all carpet, except for the bathrooms, which are both small enough to spot clean in a minute when necessary. Girls can be messy, but not “boy” messy, thank goodness I only have the hubs to deal with there. HA!

  2. Posted July 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Glad I am not the only one! 😉 I don’t mop often as I should either. Always enjoy your posts Kelli!

  3. Posted March 17, 2014 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    I like the idea that you presented what you like and don’t like about mopping. It shows how there are two sides to everything. I agree that mopping is exhausting. I also agree that there’s just something rewarding seeing the floor sparkling clean every time you’re finished mopping. For your floor’s sake, though, I hope you will find the motivation to clean it more regularly. Hehehe!

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