How to Clean a Bathroom Floor without a Mop (10 Methods)

You certainly are tired of going back and forth with that mop of yours on your bathroom floor only to behold your bathroom floor dirty again.

The need to regularly clean the bathroom floor and the bathroom, cannot be overemphasized, aa dirty bathroom floor is a breeding place for all kinds of bacteria, mold, and germs (especially if it is not regularly disinfected), and this may pose a risk to the health of homeowners.

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We’ll see different methods which do not involve the use of a mop in cleaning those bathroom floors.

Problems Faced When Cleaning Bathroom Floor with Mops

People usually complain about a few things when it comes to mopping. Although mopping comes with its advantages, it has its downsides.

1- Mop Cloth Spreads More Dirt

This is indeed the most common problem with using mops. When dirt gets collected in the mop fibers, the next thing you do is to rinse it with bucket water.

This makes the bucket water get soiled, and when you rinse your mop the next time with this dirty water, the fibers will soak this dirty water and all you’ll be doing will be pushing dirty water onto your floor.

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The only solution is to replace the cloth or thoroughly clean it before using it on another surface.

In addition to this, the mops can quickly spread germs to the other parts of your house.

2- Slow Cleaning

Most mops come with a large cloth for cleaning, this cloth does most of the work by soaking up all the dirt. This usually requires a lot of time and effort to clean. This slows down the cleaning process.

3- Steam Mops Can Damage Floors

While steam mops can be very efficient and effective for cleaning the floor and destroying germs and bacteria, they can also cause damage to the floor and its finish, depending on the type of floor.

Using steam mops on engineered hardwood floors will cause the wood to expand over time. Marble floors can be porous and using steam mops on them will also damage them in the long run.

Painted floors should never be cleaned with steam mops as they will cause bubbles in the paint.

However, for cleaning rough bathroom tiles, or even smoother ones, steam mops work quite well.

How to Clean a Bathroom Floor without a Mop (9 Methods)

Before we dive into the actual methods, you need to prepare your floor.

Preparing Your Bathroom Floor for Cleaning

To make the cleaning process faster and easier, it’s crucial to prepare the bathroom floor by doing the following.

Remove Unwanted Items

The first thing you want to make sure of is that the space to be cleaned is clear. All water-damageable items and things that won’t be needed should be removed from the floor. This would enable you to have access to all the corners of the floor.

Dust The Floor Area

If you observe that the floor is dusty before cleaning, it would be best to sweep the dust with a broom and collect it with a dustpan or a vacuum cleaner. Alternately, if the dust on the floor is minimal, you can use a moist paper towel to wipe it off the floor.

Method 1: Cleaning With Your Feet

This is a simple method used in many Asian countries.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Damp Microfiber cloth

STEPS

STEP 1- Damp a microfiber cloth with simple water or a solution of your choice.

STEP 2- Drop it on the bathroom floor and use your foot to wipe it over the floor. When you get tired with one leg, switch to the other foot.

Method 2: Cleaning with a Soap & Sponge

This method is efficient for smaller bathrooms because you’ll see all the parts of the bathroom floor that are very dirty, and you can pay more attention to those parts. However, if your bathroom is spacious, using a sponge and soap can be time-consuming.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Vacuum cleaner
2- Kneepads
3- Water
4- Dish soap / Floor cleaning soap
5- Bucket / bowl
6- Sponge

STEPS

STEP 1- Before cleaning, ensure you have vacuumed the floor since you are likely going to kneel while cleaning. You may want to use kneepads to avoid bruising your knees.

STEP 2- Prepare a water and soap solution in a bowl or bucket; any floor cleaning soap or a dishwashing liquid will do. Also, prepare another bucket or bowl of clean water that you will use to rinse the sponge while cleaning.

STEP 3- Dip the sponge in the soapy water and use it to scrub the floor thoroughly, using your two hands. Scrub in sections to easily separate the areas you have cleaned from the ones yet to be cleaned.

STEP 4- Replace the soapy water and the clean water when they become too dirty, and prepare new soapy water.

STEP 5- After cleaning, rinse the bathroom floor with clean water and allow it to dry.

Method 3: Using Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaner

Vacuum cleaners have been around for a long time, and we can all agree that they are very efficient and make our life easier by making the cleaning process faster.

A Wet-dry Vacuum cleaner works by washing and vacuuming the floor at the same time. So this will serve the purpose of sucking up the dirt and well as washing the floor (while still sucking the water).

This means that the dirty contaminated water does get pushed onto the floor again and again.

Here’s the process:

YOU’LL NEED

1- Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaner

STEPS

STEP 1- Ensure the vacuum drum is empty before you start cleaning.

STEP 2- If your bathroom floor is wet before you begin cleaning, remove the filter on the vacuum cleaner, but if the floor is dry, ensure that it is corrected placed.

STEP 3- Turn on the vacuum cleaner, and vacuum the floor by cleaning and moving in sections.

STEP 4- If there are corners where the vac cannot reach, then use a sponge dipped in a solution of dish soap & warm water to scrub those corners.

That’s it, you now have a clean bathroom floor!

Method 4: Cleaning With Vinegar / Lemon Juice & a squeegee

This method is for getting rid of grime and hard water stains on your bathroom floors which can make the floor slippery. Here we will simply use a good old rag instead of a mop. This method is safe for cleaning black bathroom floor tiles.

Vinegar is a popular cleaning agent that is readily available in the home, and it is suitable for cleaning different kinds of surfaces, including bathroom floors.

The citric acid in Vinegar does the job of breaking down grime and dirt while at the same time disinfecting. The same is true with lemons.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Vinegar / Lemons
2- Rag
3- Bowl
4- Water
5- Squeegee
6- Sponge (Optional)

STEPS

STEP 1- Prepare a mixture of water and vinegar/lemon in a bowl using equal quantities of water and vinegar/lemon.

STEP 2- Dip a clean rag in the mixture and use it to scrub the floor in sections. If there are hard water stains on the floor, you can replace the clean rag with a sponge and use it to scrub the stains out.

STEP 3- You should notice the stains coming off with vinegar/lemon as you are cleaning. When all the stains have been removed, rinse the floor with water and use a squeegee to give the floor a wipe.

STEP 4- Afterward, open the windows to allow ventilation and to allow the floor to dry faster.

Method 5: Using Showerhead/Water Hose & Towel

This is a fairly simple method and You should use it to quickly clean your bathroom floor when it is not too dirty. The pressure of water coming out from the hose or a showerhead should clean the dirt.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Water hose
2- Towel
3- Disinfectant (Optional)

STEPS

STEP 1- Get Your normal water hose, and attach it to the tap in the bathroom.

STEP 2- Point the hose to the dirty parts of the bathroom floor. If you are using the showerhead, do the same thing.

STEP 3- When it is evident that the floor is cleaner than before you started to clean, use a towel to dry the water on the floor.

STEP 4- Since the process only cleans the floor but does not disinfect it, you can get a disinfectant and spray it on the floor after cleaning.

STEP 5- Leave the disinfectant to sit for about five minutes and rinse with warm water.

Method 6: Cleaning with Ammonia & a Rag/Sponge

Ammonia is also an excellent cleaning agent that can be used for cleaning bathroom floors because it dissolves oil stains and breaks household grime easily. It also serves as a good disinfectant. In this method, we will apply Ammonia with a rag or a sponge.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Household Ammonia
2- Bucket/bowl of water
3- Clean rag / sponge
4- Rubber gloves, Mask, safety glasses
5- Soft scrub brush

STEPS

STEP 1- Wear your safety gear and open the windows to allow proper ventilation. This is to ensure that you are not exposed to the harmful effects of Ammonia.

STEP 2- Prepare a solution of ammonia and water by mixing an equal amount of each in the bucket. Depending on how big or small your bathroom floor is, make a solution in an appropriate quantity.

STEP 3- Dip the sponge/rag in the solution, and squeeze out excess water until the sponge/rag becomes damp.

STEP 4- Use the sponge to scrub the floor. For stubborn floor stains, pour a little bit of your solution over the floor, and use a soft brush to scrub out the stains.

STEP 5- Repeat the process until the floor is clean. Rinse afterward with clean water to get rid of any ammonia residue.

CAUTION: Never try to mix Ammonia with Chlorine Bleach or any product containing it as that will produce a chemical reaction resulting in dangerous effects. (1)

Method 7: Using Water & Bleach with a Rag

When using this method, you must take all the necessary safety measures to prevent any accident. Rubber gloves and face masks should be worn to protect you from the toxic emission of bleach.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Protective gear (Rubber gloves, Face mask/respirator)
2- Warm water
3- Bleach

STEPS

STEP 1- Open all windows and doors to allow proper circulation of air. Wear your safety gear.

STEP 2- Prepare a solution of water and bleach using one cup of bleach per five gallons of water.

STEP 3- Using a clean rag, apply the bleach solution to the floor, and let it sit for about 5 minutes to dissolve the stains and disinfect the floor since bleach is also a disinfectant.

STEP 4- If your bathroom floor is made of wood, you should not allow the bleach to sit on the floor for too long. It will cause discoloration as well as swelling of the wood. (2)

STEP 5- Rinse afterward with clean, warm water to remove any bleach residue and leave the floor to dry naturally.

Method 8: Using Toothpaste

Toothpaste? Yes, you can clean your bathroom floor with the same paste you use to clean your mouth. This method is very cost-friendly and effective for cleaning the spaces between tiles (Grout lines) when they are dirty.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Toothpaste
2- Water
3- Toothbrush

STEPS

STEP 1- Sprinkle some water on the brush, and then apply the toothpaste to the brush.

STEP 2- Use the brush to scrub the dirty areas of the floor until the stains are no longer visible.

STEP 3- Rinse the floor with water afterward, and use a squeegee to get rid of excess water to allow the floor to dry quickly.

Method 9: Cleaning With a Swiffer

A Swiffer is a perfect replacement for a mop because its mode of operation and use is similar to that of a mop.

The significant advantage of a Swiffer over the mope and bucket method is that you get to save time and energy.

The difference between a mop and a Swiffer is that swiffers come with wet and dry pads that you can swap out when cleaning, while mops use the same microfiber material for cleaning and drying.

The significant advantage of a Swiffer over the mop and bucket method is that you get to save time and energy. Additionally, swiffers are better suited for areas that are difficult to reach.

YOU’LL NEED

1- Water
2- Dish detergent
3- Swiffer (with a wet pad + dry pad)

STEPS

STEP 1- Prepare your cleaning solution using water and any dishwashing liquid or detergent.

STEP 2- Most swiffers come with both wet and dry pads. When cleaning, you can prepare soapy water, dampen the wet pad with it, and use it to clean the bathroom floor.

STEP 3- After covering all the dirty areas of the bathroom floor, detach the dirty wet pad and replace it with a dry one, which you use to dry the floor. There is no need to rinse the floor after the process is done.

Method 10: Cleaning With a Shaving Cream

Bathroom floors can be cleaned with shaving cream, especially when there is the smell of urine permeating every part of you bathroom.

YOU’LL NEED

Shaving Cream
Dustpan
Squeegee
Mop

STEPS

STEP 1: After clearing up the items lying on your bathroom floor, apply a layer of shaving foam all over the floor and let it sit for 15 minutes.

STEP 2: Use your squeegee to collect the shaving foam on your dustpan. Mop away the remaining foam from the floor and rinse it before allowing to dry.

Conclusion

Using a mop certainly poses a challenge to cleaning bathroom floors with all the problems that it brings.

However, the alternatives are just as effective in cleaning those floors and even disinfecting them. You will have to bend down in a few methods while in others you won’t have to.

Cheers!

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