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What Size of Mop Bucket Do you Need
There is no set amount of square footage per gallon a mopping bucket will cover. Often, the determining factor is how dirty the water gets before needing changed.
There are several reasons why it’s hard to estimate how much space can be cleaned before needing to refill your bucket with clean water. The larger the cleaning mop bucket, the more warm, soapy water there is to dilute the dirt and grime. However, a routine, low-risk cleaning will get more use out of water than a high-risk, or heavily soiled mess or spill. This is because you’ll want to empty the bucket much sooner to avoid cross-contamination while cleaning up heavily soiled messes.
For smaller establishments, using too large of a bucket can cause unnecessary water waste. Plus, more water requires more cleaning solution, which is costly and inefficient. With smaller establishments, there is likely less distance needed to travel between water sources, which puts much less burden on the user when a water change is necessary.
Larger establishments typically see more day-to-day foot traffic, which allows for more outside contaminants or messes to occur. With larger area to cover, a higher-capacity bucket could allow the user to travel a longer distance before needing a water change. This, however, is still dependent on the type of cleaning being done and what type of mess is being cleaned up.
Establishing a color-coded system is an important step for any establishment. It ensures you limit the spread of germs and bacteria and avoid cross-contamination. Here’s the industry standard color-coding system:
|Use this mop for places with a higher risk of contamination and bacteria. This includes toilets and urinals.|
|Use this bucket for everyday areas including office floors, hallways, and day-to-day work areas.|
|Low-risk areas include the rest of the bathroom, such as below sinks and mirrors, or specialty areas such as labs and gyms|
|Dedicate this bucket to food service areas including the kitchen and behind the bar.|
Front of House
|Front of house areas of food establishments include lobbies, hallways, and offices.|
Mop Wringer and Bucket Accessories
Although you have might the perfect mop bucket with wringer for your establishment, you need to consider the right accessories and cleaners to complete your cleaning process.
- Wet Floor Sign – These allow you to alert other employees and guests of a possible slipping hazard. These signs give others notice when a floor is being cleaned so that they can avoid potential injury.
- Wet Mop – Choose the best wet mop to meet the needs of your establishment.