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April 2, 2012

Thoughts on Mopping

Survey Finds Nearly 100 Percent of Cleaning Professionals Are Aware that Mopping Spreads Soils

Hamilton, OH – A new study conducted by Kaivac, Inc.--makers of the No-Touch Cleaning® System and the new OmniFlex™ Crossover Cleaning System--found that 97 percent of building service contractors and others involved in the professional cleaning industry are aware that “using mops and buckets can spread soils.”

The survey was conducted in March 2012. Nearly 200 respondents started the survey, while 99 answered all of the questions completely.

The respondents indicated that the most common type of hard surface flooring they clean is vinyl composite tile (VCT), at 67 percent. This was followed by terrazzo flooring, at about 20 percent.

Respondents also stated they believe these types of floors are the easiest to clean, although cement floors were also considered an easy floor to maintain.

Asked what they like most about using mops and buckets to clean floors, more than a third answered, “It’s all I have ever used.”

However, 27 percent said they prefer using mops and buckets because they are fast; the remainder believed mops and buckets are easier or more effective than other floor cleaning systems.

Asked what they like least about mopping floors, nearly half of the respondents indicated that “the mop and solution gets dirty pretty fast and have to be changed frequently.”

“This question also allowed the respondents to write in other reasons they dislike using a mop and bucket,” says Matt Morrison, Communications Manager for Kaivac. “We got all kinds of answers, such as ‘nothing like moving dirt from 1 area to another’; ‘it’s a soil dispersal system’; to, very simply, ‘it cleans the area badly.’”

While many respondents expressed concerns regarding using mops and buckets to clean floors, nearly 70 percent also indicated that hard surface floor care is easier overall than carpet care.

“Along with this, nearly 58 percent said they are seeing more hard surface floors installed today than carpets,” added Morrison. “This is in line with what other reports indicate.”

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About Kaivac, Inc.
Headquartered in Hamilton, Ohio, Kaivac, Inc. delivers complete science-based cleaning systems designed to produce healthy results and outcomes while raising the value of cleaning operations and the professionalism of the worker. The originator of No-Touch Cleaning®, and the OmniFlex™ Crossover Cleaning System, Kaivac offers an integrated portfolio of environmentally friendly cleaning products designed to remove the maximum amount of soil and potentially harmful biopollutants in the most cost-effective manner possible. For more information, visit