MOPPING PART 2: You are the Mop Master!
For those blossoming HACC workers out there who are still learning the ropes on Home Care; perhaps your mop-handling training wasn't thorough enough, or for others flukey enough to have gotten away with never having to mop a thing in their entire lives – this next bit is solely for YOU.
Prepare to have your mop-less worlds rocked!
Ok, here we go:
The 5 things required for successful floor cleaning are:
- a Floor (!)
- a Mop
- a Bucket - with wringing appendage
- Hot Water - but not boiling
- Detergent - environmentally friendly, non-bleach based variety
Now that wasn't so bad, was it? But wait.... there's more!!
MOPSJust a couple of appropriate, yet moppish-type points (...being that it's such a riveting topic and I'm on a roll):
1. The sturdy old-fashioned string mops with the killer wooden handles (that unfortunately the Greek ladies still swear by) absorb mountains of liquid and have mostly been dropped by councils because once they become fully sodden, they are considered far too heavy for a Home Carer to safely lift.
They are therefore deemed an OH&S hazard. And that's a bad thing.
Plus they deposit a shite-load of water on the floor making mopping ten times the hard yakka it need be - especially for a surface that is enjoying being so regularly upkept.
2. The modern mop is superbly made from plastic; is nifty and lightweight and is SO user-friendly you’ll never have an excuse not to mop again (dam dam DAM!) The rag-head style mop seems to be a popular choice because it’s so nimble and easy to use - you’ll wonder how you ever managed your mopping career without it. Plus they have a removable, washable and/or replaceable head - for obvious reasons I’d like to think.
Just a couple of handy dandy bullet-points:
1. Again, the keywords here are lightweight and plastic-fantastic!
OH GOD NOOOOOO!!!
3. Where possible, try and fill the bucket as close as poss to the vicinity of the floor area you are about to rip into. This will mean less 'lugging' to the far reaches of your client's house and thereby increasing the likelihood of you pulling something along the way (the muscles in your back for starters).
|Full Bucket = BAD!|
|Bucket 1/3 Full = GOOD!|
4. Home Carers are now trained to fill their buckets only by a third (at most) rather than filling them up to the sloppy-slop brim and subsequently producing the perfect lifting hazard with the potential to cause the HACC worker a good bit of strain or injury. Plus there's always the chance your bucket handle might snap under the weight of a maxed-out bucket and then not only will your shoes be soaked in dirty soap suds, but your client's home could end up totally flooded.
And then you're left with one heck of a disaster zone that YOU need to clean up! Which is more of your valuable time wasted, plus it usually means you'll be running late for the rest of the day.
And then where are you?
Yes, that's right folks... well and truly SODDEN.