Trricks of the trade

@allknowing (54672)
India
August 31, 2015 1:48am CST
We have help for several domestic chores and swabbing is one of them. To ensure that every inch of space is swabbed it is first swabbed with plain water. The second time floor disinfectant is sprinkled and then swabbed. That way I know that every inch of space is swabbed. This is the state of affairs here. We need to come up with such devious methods (LOL)
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@celticeagle (111526)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Aug 15
Swabbing the decks, huh Owlie? I usually spray first, let stand and then I 'swab'.
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@sishy7 (24725)
• Australia
31 Aug 15
Do you mean mopping? Swabbing sounds like cleaning wounds to me .
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@allknowing (54672)
• India
31 Aug 15
It is also callaed swabbing. You just search 'swabbing the floor' and you will get the real meaning.
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• Philippines
31 Aug 15
@allknowing @sishy7 i think i've read 'swab the deck' in pirate ships
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@owlwings (37689)
• Cambridge, England
31 Aug 15
Mopping (to me, at least) implies a mostly dry process. Swabbing usually means that a certain amount of free liquid is involved. I think I might have said 'washing' the floor to describe the process here but 'swabbing' is also perfectly acceptable, in British English, at least. In my locality, a 'mop' is usually an absorbent bundle of fibres on a handle, very often moistened with oil, with which one cleans dust and dirt from (mostly) floors. It sometimes describes much the same thing but wetted with water. A dish-mop is a smaller utensil used for cleaning dishes (usually a wet process). In that case it may be a bundle of strips of rag or cotton or a synthetic sponge. To 'mop up' something means usually to soak up liquid using a mop or some other absorbent material. To 'swab' generally means to apply liquid to something in order to dissolve or dilute it and then to absorb the resultant solution with a mop (or swab). It can be used in a medical sense or in a general cleaning sense.
@LadyDuck (108710)
• Switzerland
31 Aug 15
Swabbing a floor was used for ship decks, it's better to use mopping so that everybody can understand.
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@allknowing (54672)
• India
31 Aug 15
Although a mop is used we still refer to it as swabbing. Mopping is something that has been introduced here not so long ago.
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