Cinderella's plight has given mopping a bad name—but don't let poor PR keep you from a bright, shiny floor.
Step 1: Check floor Make sure your floor is sealed. If it's not, it's probably waxed and shouldn't be mopped. Check by rubbing a finger across it. If you don't leave a smudge, the floor is probably sealed.
Step 2: Vacuum floor Vacuum or sweep the floor free of dust and particles.
Step 3: Consult directions Consult the directions for your wood cleaning product and add the appropriate amount to the bucket of water.
TIP: If you don't have a wood cleaning product, add a quarter cup of dishwashing liquid to your bucket instead.
Step 4: Dampen mop Dampen the mop head in the bucket, then wring it out completely—the less water on your wood floor, the better.
Step 5: Mop floor Push and pull the mop back and forth across the floor in the direction of the wood grain.
Step 6: Wring out & mop Continue dampening the mop, wringing it out, and dragging it across the floor with the grain.
Step 7: Change water Change the water and cleaning solution whenever it gets too dirty to be effective.
Step 8: Rinse floor When the entire floor has been mopped, refill the bucket with just water and mop the floor again in the same way to rinse off any soap residue.
Step 9: Stay off floors Stay off your floors until they've completely dried. Your Fairy Godmother would be so proud.
FACT: Cinderella stories appear in the folklore of many cultures—there are as many as 1,500 different versions of the tale.