How To Do The Mopping In The Rain? [The Easiest Way]

How To Do The Mopping In The Rain

Mopping in the rain is often perceived as being a very tough task. The reason why people think that way is because rain or sprays of rain interrupt the mopping. However, this is not completely true. With some additional steps to the normal mopping, it can be easily done even on rainy days. So, don’t be disappointed without giving it a try. 

In this article, I will show you some tips for mopping your floors in the rain. These tips will mostly be based on my experience. I’ve been doing and following these hacks for quite a while. I hope they will work for you too. Without any further ado, let’s get to the real business. 

2 Methods To Mop In The Rain: Do It Perfectly

Mopping in the rain is hard regardless of the place. You may need to mop outside your house or the floor inside your house. If it is showering heavily outside your house, mopping is kind of impossible as there will be a continuous flow of water over the surface you are mopping. 

Let’s not take this any further and assume you are looking for a guide to help you with mopping the floor of your house in the rain.

Method 1: Basic Mopping In The Rain

This method is almost similar to the normal mopping that you do during a nice and dry day. However, there are slight differences in it from a normal one that makes this method effective even when it is raining outside. You just have to follow the steps mentioned below: 

Step-1: Preparations

Before going into the war against the dust and dirt of your floor, you are going to need the following war tools:

  • Mop;
  • Bucket;
  • Water;
  • Cleaning solution or freshwater;
  • Dry cloth (or another dry mop);
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Fans.

Step-2: Use A Vacuum Cleaner

If your floor is not that wet or outside rain doesn’t affect your floor much, you are blessed. Start cleaning your house with a vacuum cleaner right away. In this way, you will be able to get most of the visible dirt and dust out of your floor. 

While using a vacuum cleaner, remember to use the floor attachment. It will help you get your job done effectively. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner, no worries. You can just do the cleaning with your dry mop. It will also help your cause. 

Step-3: Give The Floor A First Mopping

Mopping on rainy days is always different from that of the dry seasons. It is hard to keep the floor clean as the weather itself is somewhat wet. For this reason, you have to do this additional step to perfectly clean your floor with a mop. 

You will just need a bucket full of fresh water and a dry mop. Dip the mop in the water and start from a corner of the floor. After every two or three sweeps, dip the mop in the water again to clean off the dirt that your mop gathered. 

Try to cover all the areas of your floor. That’s it! You have given your floor the first mopping! In this way, you will have almost done the cleaning. 

Step-4: Use The Cleaning Solution

Giving your floor a first mopping is not always necessary. Especially when you are in a hurry. In such circumstances, directly head to this step after step 2. It is time to use the cleaning solution to clean the floor properly to get rid of dust, dirt, and germs. 

You may use a dedicated cleaning solution for your specific floor type. If you can’t manage to have that, you can even create your cleaning solution. The cleaning solution consisting of the following ingredients and ratio will be just enough for normal floor cleaning:

  • 2 cups water;
  • 1/8 tablespoon dish soap;
  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol);
  • ½ cup white vinegar (distilled).

Again, if you don’t have to rub alcohol, you can create your cleaning solution without it. Dip the mop in the cleaning solution. Sweep the mop over your floor carefully. After two or three sweeps, dip the mop in the cleaning solution again. Do this process till you have mopped your entire floor. 

One pro tip here. The amount of liquid you are getting after each dip with your mop should neither be excessive nor be too minimal. 

Step-5: Use Dry Cloth 

You will often see people not suggesting using a dry cloth after the cleaning. But you should use a dry cloth or a dry mop over the entire floor. The reason you should do this is to give the ventilation process a heads up. 

After taking out most of the residue of the cleaning solution with this dry mopping, the fans won’t have to work their life off to dry the floor. 

Step-6: Let The Floor Dry 

Now all you have to do is to leave the floor on its own to dry. If there is a good ventilation system (the windows and doors are all open), it should not take more than 10 minutes to let the floor dry after a dry mop-over. 

However, in the rainy season, depending on the weather, you may have to wait for an entire hour to let the floor dry itself. 

You can do another thing. Turn on the ceiling fan. If the fan covers a good overall area, you may see the floor becoming dry after just 3-5 minutes. If you don’t have a ceiling fan, you can use multiple table fans also to get the job done. 

Method 2: Quick Mopping Method In Rain 

Method 1 was about the normal or general cleaning method with a mop in the rain. What if there are people continuously entering or leaving your house at regular intervals?

The normal mopping method won’t work in those situations. What to do then? There comes the method 2 AKA the “Quick Mopping Method In Rain”

Step-1: Use The Rain Water

This is a very clever idea. You can’t run for freshwater every time you do the mopping as you have to frequently mop your floor in this particular situation. Put a bucket outside of your house to store rainwater. 

You may use the rainwater to create the solution or flood the floor with it. Flooding the floor is important for two reasons. 

Firstly, there may be mud brought up by people who entered the house. Secondly, flooding the floor will make things happen quickly as you don’t need to dry mop or normally mop the entire floor. 

However, you should not flood the floor with water if there are furniture and electrical appliances on your floor. 

Step-2: Give The Floor A Quick Mopping

Take the mop, dip it in the cleaning solution or freshwater, and start mopping the floor with it. That’s how you should do it. You can avoid the cleaning solution if you don’t have any or no time to create one by yourself. Continue until you are done with the whole floor. 

Step-3: Use A Dry Mop

After the first mopping, you must use a dry mop. Unlike normal mopping, it is mandatory because by doing a dry mopping, you will be able to do things very quickly. 

Step-4: Use Multiple Fans

At last, finish the mopping by making the floor dry with the help of multiple fans. If you don’t have multiple fans, a ceiling fan will get the job done also. 

3 Problems You May Face While Mopping In The Rain

As I’ve already mentioned, it is not a piece of cake to do the mopping in the rain. For this very reason, you may have to face some problems while performing such action.

The following are the most probable problems that you may encounter. Beware of these problems so that you don’t have to face hassles afterward. 

1. Need Of Mopping The Floor Again And Again

On rainy days, in most cases, you will see that the floor becomes dirty too often. You don’t have any option but to mop the floor again in that situation. And I can’t suggest any remedy for this problem either. I mean you can’t fight against nature, right? 

However, you can do one thing. Make the mopping tools ready to go whenever you need them. By doing so, you won’t need to search for the tools when you feel that your floor needs mopping. 

2. More Time To Dry The Floor

If you see that your house floor keeps getting wet due to the rain happening outside, don’t be surprised. It is very common during rainy days. But this issue leads you to another problem. Due to the wet nature of the floor, it will take more time than the average to get the floor dried after each mopping. 

Even if your floor does not become that wet, you may still see that the floor takes a little bit more time to dry after giving it a mopping. 

3. Sudden Falls

This is the most common problem that you may face while mopping in the rain. As it takes a little bit more time to dry the floor, you may not remember the ideal time when the floor is supposed to become dry. 

That is why you or other members of the house may fall to the floor due to its slipperiness. Always beware of the fact that you are mopping the house in the rain. And it takes a little longer to make the floor dry. So, be alert and keep patience. 

5 Tips That Will Help You To Quickly Mop In The Rain

I’m continuously saying that it takes a little longer to make the floor tip-top again after giving it a mop in the rain. What can you do to reduce the time? Is there any way? 

Yes, there are some tips for mopping quickly in the rain. If you can follow them, chances are you may be able to reduce the time of mopping by a great deal. Let’s have a look at the tips.  

Tip-1: Use A Vacuum Cleaner

If you have a vacuum cleaner in the house, you can use it while mopping the floor in the rain to reduce the time of mopping. By using the vacuum cleaner, you will be able to pick up most of the visible dust and dirt in no time. And for this reason, you won’t need much time later to clean the floor properly. 

Tip-2: Use Multiple Mops

It can be a great hack if you manage to use multiple mops at the same time while mopping the floor. Dampen one mop to clean the floor using the solution of clean water. 

Keep the other mop(s) to give the floor a dry mop before or after the mopping with a cleaning solution. It will greatly reduce the time of mopping during the rainy days and help you get the job done quickly. 

Tip-3: Use More Fans

Making the floor dry is the most time-consuming part when you do the mopping in the rain. However, you can get out of this issue by applying multiple fans to make the floor dry. Two or three table fans along with a ceiling fan will reduce the time a lot. 

Tip-4: Don’t Mop Wearing A Boot

Although it is a general precaution for mopping the floor, if you follow this, it will help you do the mopping in rain quickly. If you mop while wearing a boot, it will surely leave marks all over the floor. And you will have to mop those specific areas of the floor again to properly clean the floor. You surely won’t like that, will you?

Tip-5: Don’t Walk Over The Floor Until It Is Completely Dry 

You should not walk over the floor until it is fully dry for two reasons. First, it will leave marks over the floor if you do so. Thus, you will have to mop those areas again to finish the mopping well.

Second, if you walk over the floor when the floor is still wet, you may have a chance to fall on the floor by slipping your legs. If that happens, you may face some minor or major injuries. So, it is better not to walk over the floor when it is not ready. 

Related Questions:  

How Long Does It Take To Mop In The Rain?

It may take a bit longer than the usual times as the floor may be wet due to the weather. However, depending on the ventilation system of your house, it may take 10 minutes to 1 hour to finish mopping in the rain. 

If you do not have a good ventilation system or in other words, not enough fans, make sure to always give the floor a dry mop after mopping with the solution. It will greatly reduce the time of your mopping in the rain. 

Is Mopping In The Rain A Good Idea?

It depends on some factors like where you are mopping or the amount of rain falling from the sky. If you want to mop the road in front of your house where it is showering heavily, it is never a good idea.

However, when it comes to mopping the floor, it is not only a good idea but also a mandatory thing. Because there are more chances of the floor being dirty in the rain than that on the usually hot and shiny days. 

When It Is Ideal To Mop In The Rain?

When it is not raining outside is the ideal time to get the mopping done because the rain may interrupt the mopping. If it is not raining, then there is no chance of this interruption. 

You may also do the mopping if it is continuously raining outside and your floor has become really dirty. In that situation, close the windows and doors before starting the mopping. 

Are You Able To Mop On Your Own In The Rain?

In most cases, you should be able to do the mopping on your own. Gathering the items for mopping and doing the process is not that hard as you must need help from others. 

However, if there are some helping hands, you can always use them to get the mopping done quickly. And if there are defects in the floor or roof and those defects are making life hard to keep water outside your house, you are always advised to take professional help. 


Mopping in the rain may seem hard at first glance. And procrastination may stop you from getting up and doing things in the rain. But as you see after reading the article, things are not that hard. You may just need to do one or two additional steps to do mopping in the rain. 

Unless it is impossible to do the mopping, you should not stop mopping the floor on rainy days. On rainy days, your floor needs extra care as water is always the enemy of furniture and floor.

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Jahidul Alam

Hello dear! This is Jahidul Alam. I am the admin of this Tidy Floor. I have been in the floor cleaning business for the last 20 years. My business is all about ensuring affordable flooring cleaning services for Americans.

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