While an entrance matting system will greatly reduce the amount of grit and soils in a facility, there is always a certain amount that will be tracked in. This needs to be addressed on a regular basis to prevent soils from damaging floor finish, embedding into carpeting as well as from becoming airborne, diminishing the indoor air quality. Dry soil removal should always be done prior to performing any type of wet floor cleaning. Once moisture is introduced, dry soils become mud and are more difficult to remove, making wet cleaning less effective. It is also beneficial to remove dry soils periodically throughout the day to reduce the effects it can have on a facility.

One of two preferred methods for dry removal of soils is utilizing microfiber damp dust mopping. When done properly, microfiber ‘dust mops’ will contain dry soils, allowing them to be removed with minimal exposure to the Technician as well as others in the immediate area.  


• Select the size of microfiber dust mop that is appropriate for the area, and adjusting the handle to the proper working length for worker height, just below the chin.

• Microfiber does not require the use of spray products, however if the technician feels there is a need, use plain tap water to dampen the surface of the mop fabric to aid in soil attraction..

• Push microfiber dust mop away from you, making sure each pass overlaps.

• When the microfiber pad becomes excessively soiled, turn it around to use the other side the same way. Remove the mop/pad, place in laundry container and replace it with a fresh one.

• After dust mopping the entire area, sweep the pile of debris into a dust pan using a small brush. You may also use a CRI certified vacuum when necessary.


David Thompson is a 40-year veteran of the cleaning industry and author of “The New Generation of Cleaning”, a best Practices Guide for Environmental Health Services. Thompson is also president of the Green Clean Institute. His book can be found at www.Janitorkatt.com while the GCI coursework and certification courses have a home at www.GCICertified.com.