Trricks of the trade
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)
• 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.