Guide to Bonnet Mopping Hard Flooring

The purpose of this guide is to demonstrate how bonnet mopping will remove excess dirt, marks and soilage from the surface of a hard floor.

Bonnet Mopping is a cleaning process for carpets or hard floors using a rotary machine but is more commonly used for cleaning carpets however this guide covers the cleaning technique for hard floors to leave a safe and clean surface.

discover how to bonnet mop your hard floor surfaces to remove dirt, marks and soilage

To distinguish from a carpet bonnet a hard surface bonnet generally contains a coloured fleck. Hard flooring which covers a large area deserves a sparkling surface. Bonnet mopping is a fantastic way to provide such a surface, leaving no area untouched.

There is a difference between the types of cleaning chemicals you would need for a hard floor surface to other types of cleaning. The Jangro products below are the most suitable to provide you with the means to clean a hard surface floor to the highest level. The bonnet is put onto the drive board in a dry state, and dampened by feeding water through from the solution tank. Only sufficient cleaning solution should be fed to the bonnet, and as the bonnet dries out more solution can be fed through. If done correctly the floor should be air dried in two or three minutes. Follow the guidelines below for a more complete response to completing the bonnet mopping task.

Guide to Bonnet Mopping hard floors    
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1. Put on Personal Protective Equipment

2. Assemble all of the equipment to be used and check each item for safety, paying particular attention to plugs and cables.

3. Place warning signs at the extremes of the work area and ventilate the area.

4. Pick up large items of litter by hand and mop sweep floor.

5. Prepare Cleaning Chemicals according to instructions (adding agent to water), putting some into the tank of the machine, if fitted.

6. Remove marks from floor surface and clean corners using cloth and abrasive pad before commencing to bonnet mop.

7. Dispense some cleaning solution from the tank ensuring that the floor and bonnet are not over wet. (If tank is not fitted dampen the pad prior to placing under the drive disc).

8. Commence Bonnet Mopping the floor in an area furthest from the door, using an overlapping pattern to ensure the whole area is covered.

9. Clean adjacent to skirtings by “cutting in” parallel to skirtings.

10 Position the cable behind the line of work to ensure it does not get caught up by the bonnet, drive disc or tripped over.

11. Clean the whole floor, turning the bonnet over, cleaning or replacing as appropriate.

12. Wipe skirting with cloth to remove splashes and allow floor to dry.

13. Remove plug and circuit breaker from the power socket and recoil the machine cable.

14. Clean equipment and check for safety. Then return all equipment, materials to store and store safely and securely.

15. When floor is completely dry return warning signs to store.



Safety First

When it comes to dealing with cleaning chemicals and cleaning equipment it is imperative that you
approach the task with care. A safety first approach should always be your priority to keep you and any colleagues or passers-by safe from harm.

Suitable Jangro Products

Neutral Cleaner Orange
Multi–Purpose Cleaner
Hard Surface Cleaner
Neutral Floor Cleaner 

Equipment Checklist and PPE Required

You’ll find below a simple-to-follow checklist for all equipment you will need to fully prepare for bonnet mopping a hard surface floor. Don't forget to use the personal protective equipment (PPE) required to keep you safe during the task.

- Standard speed Scrubbing / Polishing Machine with tank or hand spray.
- Drive Disc
- Bonnet Mops
- Cleaning Agent
- Abrasive Pad
- Cloth
- Bucket.
- Measuring apparatus
- Warning Signs
- Mop Sweeper.


Your equipment is important. If you don’t take care of it after use, the next time you use it might not be as productive due to wear and tear.
- Always remove drive disc from under the machine after operation to prevent them becoming distorted.
- Wash bonnets after use and wash pads, discs and mop and allow to dry.
- Empty machine tank and flush clean.
- Store mop sweeper with head up and wash bucket wipe and store upside down.

Finally, our guides are designed to help you make a sizeable cleaning task that much easier. If you’d like to see other specific Guides or need advice on any particular matter please contact us and we’ll do our best to help and make you look good.