Even those of us that have dishwashers, must occasionally put very stubbornly dirty plates into our sinks to soak – we know that in doing so, the washing up liquid and water has longer to spend breaking down the grease or burned food.
But once we’ve allowed the plates to soak, what do we always do next?
We rinse them off with fresh water.
It is this rinsing, that actually cleans the plates.
The soaking in the detergent helps to loosen the dirt, but you would never, ever soak your plates in washing up liquid and then air dry them and pop them back into the cupboard, would you?
So why do many people use this exact practice on their floors and believe that they are cleaning them?
Washing up liquid doesn’t clean plates; cleaning chemicals don’t clean floors. The detergents help by liquifying dirt therefore speeding the process of cleaning up, but the physical removal of contaminants is the actual cleaning part.
Rinsing away (or extracting) of contamination and chemical residue to remove it from the surface, is the only way to really achieve a proper clean of your floors, particularly from the perspective of slip safety when any residues left on the floor will (if not straight away then over time) compromise the slip resistance.
Mopping is a good way of spreading contamination and detergent around, even most scrubber drier processes aren’t done correctly because detergent does in the tank and therefore even if you are using the squeegee on the machine to pick up liquid from the floor, because the water has detergent in it you are still not actually rinsing.
Cleaning for both aesthetics and safety does need a rinse cycle. This doesn’t necessarily need to be every single day in certain environments e.g. where the common contaminant is shoe traffic, but in others e.g. wet leisure you should be rinsing floors daily to maintain their safety.