I wonder if there are many these days who get down on their hands and knees and actually scrub the floor. We might bob down to clean up a spill or dirty mark but I think the days of heavy scrubbing have long gone.
Years ago when I first met her (and also for many years after) my mother in law would do just that. She would get down with a bucket of hot soapy water beside her and using a flat brush (like the one above) dip it in the water and then scrub an area of the floor. Then she’d take a rag kept just for that purpose and with a wiping motion move it over the floor where she’d scrubbed and gather all the wet water together, then wring the rag out over her bucket. ‘Rinse’ the rag and rub it over the floor again. And so on until she’d washed all the floor.
Then she’d lay newspaper all over the clean wet kitchen floor to allow my father in law (but nobody else) to walk to his favourite chair without taking off his shoes/boots. Everyone else had to be inside the house before the floor washing began or find something to do outside until it was dry.
Me, well I wasn’t what you would call a floor scrubber, more a mopper lol So old fashioned I used to say; no way was I getting on my hands and knees for anyone, with all our children in their younger days coming and going in and out of the kitchen I was an everyday mopper.
Then they found out that if they did as they were told and took their shoes off at the door Mum wasn’t yelling at them all the time and needing to wash the floor everyday. Mum also discovered that all she needed to do was to clean under the kitchen table everyday – for dropped food etc – as the rest of the floor stayed cleaner than before. So out would come the mop and bucket and I’d swish away after each meal.
I bet you know where I’m going now – yes after a while I discovered it a lot easier and a lot less troublesome to get down on my hands and knees and just clear up under the table with a wet cloth.
Nowadays, with no messy footprints and no food drops under the table, all the floor needs after a sweeping is a weekly clean over with a wet mop. But there are times when I would love to be able to get down (and then get back up again without grunting and groaning ) and give the floor a good old scrub on a regular basis.
For all those who need to know – How to mop a floor: 12 step (with pictures)
Oh yes, and here is the purpose of this little bit of reminiscing.
It’s Friday and we need some fun
And have I got the joke for you 🙂
A policeman call the station on the two way radio
‘Hello, Is that the Sarge?’
‘We have a case here.
A woman has shot her husband for stepping on the floor she had just washed.’
‘Have you arrested the woman?’
‘The floor’s still wet’
Hope this Friday is a fun day for you – with no need to wash the floor!