4. Floors Vacuum carpets and rugs regularly. Mop floors regularly to remove dirt with hot water and detergent. When mopping floors, you should use two buckets of water, the first with the detergent to wash the floor, the second with hot water to rinse the detergent. If floors become soiled with urine, feces or vomit, this should be cleaned using paper towels and hot water and then thoroughly disinfected and dried.